11 March 2013
Taking Over Austin With Bear Ceuse
Bear Ceuse is playing the Jivewired Showcase in Austin, TX during SxSW Week at the 311 Club, 311 E. Sixth Street on Wednesday March 13th at 2:40 PM CST and again on Thursday March 14th at 7:20 PM CST
Jivewired Press Kit: http://jivewired.com/bearceuse
Artist Website: http://bearceuse.blogspot.com
Latest Release: Don Domestique (Coming Soon)
Get it at:
Artist Website | Medical Records
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Label: Medical Records UK
Booking Contact: Cameron Matthews
Press Contact: Chris Hnat
Band Members: Cameron Matthews, Danny Sher, Jordan James, Adam Horne, Patrick "Papa Bear" Crecelius
BEAR CEUSE + DAYTROTTER
There’s a nod to the illusory tangles that we all allow ourselves to get mixed up in, with every song from the New York group Bear Ceuse. There’s a belief that there’s something out there that we’re missing. We’re trying to woo it. Swooning and charming though we are, it remains at arm’s length, or just on the other side of a thick glass or plasma screen. It’s not so much elusive as it is foggy and only half there. It could be that we should stop looking or we could just squint and grab a better picture, but there’s something that keeps us looking and yearning. They wonder where the magic went, where it might have returned to, in the song, “All Out Of A Hat.” Right there in the title, we understand where it came from, though that’s a bit of a tricky distinction as it is too – this thought that the magic resides in a hat, with hare and a deck of cards, ready to be beckoned with a wand and a few choice, nonsensical words. If this is the only place the magic can be found, that’s a problem. If it can all arise out of a hat and drop back into one, there’s little reasoning to be done.
The four men of Bear Ceuse take us through these bleak wonders, mostly when they’re less bleak than they otherwise should be. They take us to a seat on the couch, in a pair of hand-me-down pajamas, where a story of a childhood is recounted – one in which, a little boy felt he was unremarkable, screaming out at the television set to entertain him. There’s not much complication in the song, but it’s a perfect set-up for these stories of minimal or workaday magic – the practical kind that can be seen through, that can be roughed up and abused. It’s not to be marveled at. It will evaporate. There’s nothing all that special about it, for it lives in a hat.
They post these feelings along with a raw-fingered and sweet-tongued approach that occasionally reminds us of the pastures and woods that Denton’s Midlake, or Seattle’s Fleet Foxes. These are basic odysseys, that anyone can experience. There are plenty of hum-drum parts, made to look favorable, made to feel desirable – even that part with the TV screen. They sing, “There you go, you run away, into the streets of something good,” trying to make that splash.
REVIEWING DON DOMESTIQUE
There is a little mystery to Bear Ceuse and if you want to know just how to read into that, I'd say that an upcoming release combined with radio silence throughout the interwebs usually indicates something large is looming on the horizon. Record labels and indie management teams live by two hard and fast rules:
+ Speak softly and carry a big stick.
+ Loose lips, sink ships.
Other than a few blurbs from the critics, a highly complimentary CMJ review, some obligatory band tweets, a couple of free downloads and a lot of chatter from, well, me, there isn't a lot out there on Bear Ceuse if you find yourself in a seek and discover mood. That's usually a good thing. Bands that reserve or stifle the hype show a purposeful confidence that is the best tell that they believe something really good is coming. Obviously the whole Bear Ceuse team is on board with this philosophy and after reviewing Don Domestique I am here to let you know that my assumptions are 100% correct.
This is a killer album and one I can't listen to enough.
Bear Ceuse’s upcoming record Don Domestique is inspired by the ’90s hardcore sound of Chapel Hill, and focuses Matthews’ efforts on the home and the meaning of domesticity. Recorded by long-time collaborator Patrick Crecelius at Seaside Lounge (Beirut, the National, Okkervil River) in Brooklyn, and mastered by Paul Gold at SALT, Don Domestique is a rock ‘n’ roll beast. The band was recently discovered by U.K.-based label Medical Records, who will release their debut album in early 2013.
— Skope (Dec 19, 2012)
One of the most frequent attempts at a diss that music writers hear is that any negative review is just a product of jealousy because they’re no good at songwriting. Well suck it, haters: Bear Ceuse sure has a knack for it. The Brooklyn foursome includes music writers Cameron Matthews and Adam Horne, along with Jordan James and Danny Sher. Hear for yourself on the supremely catchy “Entertain Me,” a free song from Bear Ceuse’s forthcoming record, “Don Domestique,” which they recorded at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn with Patrick Crecelius. The tune glides past, with overdriven guitars crackling over a steady beat and Matthews’ dreamy, murmuring vocals. The album is due this spring on Medical Records.
— Listen, Dammit (Dec 19, 2012)
NEW YORK – St. Louisan Cameron Matthews' move to NYC has proven to be his best decision yet, turning this Midwestern songwriter's dreams of taking on the big city into a reality by recruiting some of Brooklyn and Manhattan's finest players.
Led by the husky/sweet vocals of Matthews, Bear Ceuse is filled out by the fanciful and dissonant guitar work of Chicagoan Adam Horne, French horn extraordinaire and current Juilliard student Jordan James on bass, and New School alum/jazz mainstay Danny Sher on drums.
Bear Ceuse's upcoming record Don Domestique is inspired by the '90s hardcore sound of Chapel Hill, and focuses Matthews' efforts on the home and the meaning of domesticity.
Recorded by long-time collaborator Patrick Crecelius at Seaside Lounge (Beirut,
the National, Okkervil River) in Brooklyn, and mastered by Paul Gold at SALT, Don Domestique is a rock 'n' roll beast.
The band was recently discovered by U.K.-based label Medical Records, who will release their debut album in early 2013.