From the Guardian's new band of the week -
Eliza and the Bear are a promising new indie rock band from London. Of course, in a week in which My Bloody Valentine have returned with a new album that forces us to focus once again on what an indie rock band, new or old, can achieve with the usual instruments in an averagely appointed recording studio, "promising" is a relative term. In this case, the promise is not of a band who will be reinventing the wheel, but of a band who will undoubtedly prove of value at gigs and festivals over the next few months. It's a low ambition from a band who put a high premium on good old-fashioned rousing indie entertainment.
The last time we saw Kevin Shields, funnily enough, was at a Flaming Lips gig, and we say funnily enough because we're interviewing Wayne Coyne tonight and Eliza and the Bear are very much a post-Lips band, or at least they're a Lips-influenced band. The "post" bit of that sentence suggests they're taking the Lips to the next level, or into another dimension; they're not. They just strike us as a band who wouldn't sound the way they do if they hadn't heard She Don't Use Jelly or Christmas at the Zoo. They go heavy on the exuberance, they hammer home the idea that happiness is a highly desirable altered state: they give good joy. We never wrote about Clap Your Hands Say Yeah for New band of the day and we have never heard any of their music, but we'd dare venture that they're in that ballpark: boisterous, cacophonous indie made by enthusiastic young men who want to communicate their excitement at being alive, even if that excitement is tempered by an awareness that all pleasure is provisional.
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