This Brooklyn-based band has gotten a lot of attention since their sophomore release, Yellow House came out in 2006. After that, they toured with the likes of Radiohead and Feist. Last year, the release of their third album, Veckatimest, brought Grizzly Bear even more mainstream success. The wildly popular single “Two Weeks” was featured on TV shows and commercials and the band performed on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien.
I knew and enjoyed only a little bit of Grizzly Bear’s music before I saw their performance at the Nateva festival. I was really excited to get a more complete picture of these rising stars.
In a word, I’d describe them as unique. It’s tough to compare them to anyone… during the show I was hearing a little Dr. Dog at times (with their Beatlesque harmonies), but Grizzly Bear is darker. They take their songs to many different places musically, but all with control and fluidity somehow. As their set went on, I was more and more impressed with the consistent chaos they created.
Check out the tune “Two Weeks”. This video is VERY strange. Hopefully it doesn’t creep you out too much and turn you off of the band!