Posted in dance | music | pictures on May 11, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Bear in Heaven

Sensory Overload. That is how I'd describe Bear in Heaven's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (5/9) night. There were '80s goth band levels of fog machine and a barrage of cool lights to go with it, both of which matched well to the bombastic space jams Bear in Heaven produce. Those big fat synths the band favors sound great really loud, as do drummer Joe Stickney's Miami Vice-style fills. I wish the new album, I Love You It's Cool, had the drums mixed that loud, it's definitely one of the signatures of BiH's live show.

They played Bowery Ballroom the night before, but the Music Hall show was the final night of the five-week tour promoting I Love You It's Cool, and playing before a neighborhood crowd the band were both punchy and pumped, especially singer John Philpot who was dancing even more than he usually does. The Zambri sisters hopped on stage to dance during "Reflection of You" and then sang -- as they often do at hometown shows -- on "Lovesick Teenagers."

Both openers on the bill made good use of the projection screen. Portland's Blouse had washed-out slow-mo imagery that looked like a Cocteau Twins album cover come to life which suited the band's rainy day dance music. Montreal's Doldrums played in front of what seemed to duped-over videocassettes, which is kind of what their music sounds like too, though the band (now a trio) sound more and more like a cohesive unit and less like the weird dabblings of Eric Asher every day.

More pictures from the show, with Bear in Heaven's setlist, below...

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Bear in Heaven - Music Hall of Williamsburg 5/09/2012 Setlist
Noon Moon
Idle Heart
You Do You
Sinful Nature
The Reflection of You
Warm Water
Cool Light
Lovesick Teenagers
Ultimate Satisfaction
Space Remains
Dust Cloud
World of Freakout
Lovesick reprise

Encore:
Kiss Me Crazy
Wholehearted Mess

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Comments (10)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2012 5:55 PM

soooooo goood

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2012 6:07 PM

you know the music was good when the review is about the video projection content.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2012 6:53 PM

Is that the new metal bar down on Christopher street?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2012 7:20 PM

Me in hell > Romney as president > bear in heaven

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2012 2:17 PM

Doldrums .... Get a new name. It's already taken.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2012 9:13 PM

If they put as much effort into their songwriting as they do their stage show maybe they wouldn't be so boring.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2012 2:21 AM

Breaking news, I know: Dude from Bear in Heaven in the hat and moustache looks ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2012 11:35 AM

Someone tell this guy that having 'bear' in your bandname is so 2009.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2012 2:43 PM

I do say I like it.

Posted by jordon | July 31, 2013 3:37 PM

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