Songs such as "Seconds" off Bear vs. Shark's 2003 debut, You're in the Best of Hands, burst out of their torpid stroll with ringing guitars reminiscent of the Wedding Present. At other times, their churning angularity conjures D.C. post-hardcore, like Railroad Jerk or Rites of Spring, before crisscrossing guitar lines hit a straightaway, cranking up the distortion as though they were channeling Hüsker Dü. It's noisy, chaotic, and exciting. Bear vs. Shark balances the different influences while keeping the songs concise and kinetic, effectively combining hardcore's thundering passion and indie rock's devotion to melody and songcraft. This is one of the country's best unsung acts.
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