During the chilliest years of the Cold War a secret project was undertaken here in the United States of A. to develop the most obviously superior rock music ever conceived for export to countries whose youths were sustained with with inferior rock knockoffs and black market Finnish socks. It was hoped that this would so demoralize the youth on the other side of the iron curtain that they would abandon their national heritage in droves for the chance to star as extras in an interminable series of sequels to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The project was disbanded suddenly with little explanation, but not before the only two products of this secret cultural war were incubated and brought to term in giant tanks covered in tubes and amplifier cords. One of those is a man named Logan, better known as the Wolverine. His vicious spiky hands and hot temper, it is rumored, were the prime mitigating factor in the continuation of the project. However, if the top brass had taken the time to plug him into a Marshall Stack they would have nocturnal emissions listening to that sustain. I mean, adamantium just rings out forever. Then maybe the other legacy of that project, Bear Claw, would be a household name today. Bear Claw combined the best of both worlds- vicious, crystalline, clear and precise aggression tempered with compositional complexity and tightly controlled tone- and no spikes coming out of the hands.
Bear Claw has a new record.
Released on Tuesday and available as a CD/LP combo or digital download, Chicago’s Bear Claw released their Steve Albini-recorded, Bob Westen-Mastered Refuse this Gift via Sick Room Records. Have a listen.