WINTER BEAR: “Jump in the Fire” b/w “Should I Leave?”: 7”

Nov 13, 2013

Erin Dorbin played in a couple bands I’d never heard before (Cave Weddings, The Spectras), and now I want to hear them. Winter Bear is her garage pop solo project, and her first single is raucous and sweet, direct and charming. She sounds almost like Juliana Hatfield doing bubblegum. I keep picturing a soft sweater under a leather jacket, or a tattoo of a milkshake. It’s that level. The only thing working against this record is that a lot of bands are doing something like this now—throwback garage girl group punk pop Ramones. But I don’t know that most bands do it like she does—trebly and natural, sugary with a good roomy drum sound. I want to see what she does next.

 –Matt Werts (HoZac,