BEAR TRADE: Blood and Sand: LP

Sunshine state melodic pop punk by way of merry ol’ England. I guess it was only a matter of time before someone not from Gainesville took a swing at this, but what a big swing it is. Dillinger Four / Tiltwheel style guitar attacks coupled with the heart-string pulling lyrics reminiscent of This Is My Fist! and the Arrivals all sung back with a charming British accent much like Alan McNaughton of Giant Haystacks / Airfix Kits or Frankie Stubbs of Leatherface. A full-length as a debut is quite the tall order but most of the necessary components for a pleasurable listen seem to be in place, and while it’s too soon to say for sure if they keep the momentum going Bear Trade could turn out to be something truly magical. 

 –Juan Espinosa (Everything Sucks / Dead Broke, everythingsucksmusic.com, beartrade.bandcamp.com)