Bear Away – Never In The Same Place CD EP (Engineer Records)

Today we’re writing about Bear Away, a melodic punk rock quartet that started its musical endeavors at the very beginnings of 2019. The group originates from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Never In The Same Place is their debut EP recording. Bear Away previously announced this material with Parts And Labour, which is also the opening single on the mentioned debut. Judging by their activities, it seems the band doesn’t waste any time and tends to be prolific as much as possible, without losing on the quality.

The debut commences with the abovementioned composition. Parts And Labour introduces us with pleasing qualities of the quartet by firing straightforward melodic themes. Palm-muted chord progressions support these harmonizations and surrender a delicate sonic foundation that pervades the ambiance. The rhythm section keeps everything together in a moderate tempo that accommodates provided melodic structures. The basslines wondrously stick to the drumming acrobatics like glue, but also liberate gracious dosages of massiveness. Bear Away obviously demonstrates their affection towards pop-punk and melodic punk rock sound with this composition.

Is There Any God Up There comes up next, and this particular number continues at the same pace as the previous tune. Bear Away includes even more massiveness, showcased through controlled cymbal splashing that highlights subtle melancholic thematic provided by guitars. Rhythm guitar surrenders chord sequences that come like a desperately needed slap in the face, while the lead guitar liberates compelling guitar licks over it. The vocals are coming like a cherry on the top with fully controlled maneuvers that perfectly accommodate the atmosphere these guys are tending to achieve.

Growing Up retains a more direct approach to pop-punk aesthetics. It includes all beforementioned orchestrations, but the overall sound possesses more depth than previous compositions. Bear Away searched for the exact sonic formula that will truly represent their signature moves, and perhaps Growing Up is the most vivid presentation of the entire group. For those who are looking up for a much precise explanation, Bear Away resembles the sound previously presented by renowned groups such as RVIVR, Iron Chic, and Red City Radio. However, it goes beyond contemporary music trends demonstrated by the vast portion of similar groups, mainly because of the subtle accentuations hidden beneath the layers of ear-appealing melodies.

Never Complete offers closure on Never In The Same Place. Bear Away decided to speed things a little bit, so this number includes some vigorous rhythmical acrobatics. This particular composition leans towards classic melodic punk rock than contemporary pop-punk sound, but the chorus settles down the differences between these two subgenres with a proper mash-up. The chorus contains catchy singalongs that empower this number even more, but also gives a more anthemic feel to it. The group sounds tight throughout the entire song, and it seems the band members feel comfortable while performing it in a bit more pacey tempo. Never Complete represents such a perfect closing number that also showcases other abilities of the Bear Away.

Through Never In The Same Place, Bear Away gave their best to demonstrate what they’re capable of, and this material is one of the best debut pop-punk/punk rock recordings I’ve heard in years. Besides these dominant elements that are repetitiously bursting from different angles, you may notice some delightful indie moves, which are delicate enough not to spoil the dominant sound of the band. Never In The Same Place comes on a compact disc housed in a cardboard sleeve and on a cassette. Pick up your weapon of choice at the Engineer Records web store and enjoy some brilliant punk rock tunes.


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