Brooklyn’s own Bear in Heaven mesmerized a sold out crowd on Tuesday, July 27th at the Echo in Los Angeles. With their 2009 album Beast Rest Forth Mouth (QRO review) gaining hype as of late, the prog-rock threesome flooded the compact venue with their large, ambitious sound – and some help from onstage computers.
Front man Joe Philpot took a moment to preface the band’s noisy set with a soft-spoken and refreshingly genuine, “Los Angeles, been excited for this show,” before leading L.A. on an enchanting, rumbled jaunt. Captivating the audience into dead silence within seconds (a feat opener Twin Sister couldn’t achieve – QRO photos), the seasoned trio instantly proved why this show was at capacity.
While single “Lovesick Teenagers” seemed to de-hypnotize onlookers into uniformed head bopping, there was no standout climax during the band’s solid hour-plus performance – the entire set was gripping. Enhanced by live echo effects and theatrical flashing lights, Bear in Heaven’s pulsing beats, grunge clatter and oddly melodic vocals meshed into one stirring, morosely upbeat resonance.