Jul 06, 2006

One way to get my attention for a review is to yell, “Hey L.A., did you get that CD yet?” when I walk into a party in a foreign city in the middle of a bender, which is how I met (although slightly disturbingly not for the first time) Ryan Poortenga, one of the singers and guitar players of Milwaukee’s Bear Proof Suit. The surest way to hold that attention is to back it up with good music, which Bear Proof Suit definitely does. Hardcore punk that’s tough without being meathead, fast without losing precision and tight without being sterile. Seven songs (two covers, but it is a demo). I’ll be looking for their upcoming 7” and hoping they play a basement near me soon.

 –megan (

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