Bears - Greater Lakes

Bears - Greater Lakes

How is it that I've never come across a band named 'Bears' before? Seems like they would be one of the first animals to fall into the indie machine. Anyway, this Cleveland outfit has been playing their retro-styled indie pop since 2005, but their brand new full-length Greater Lakes marks a new zenith for them in songcraft and production. They've come out sounding like Belle & Sebastian or Baxter Dury, but with a little more punch. The whole record is fantastic, but especially be sure to check out 'Don't Wait'. I (predictably) love it for its bright synthy flourishes and soaring vocal harmonies.