BrotherBear\'s vocalist visiting the audience.
Credits: Stephen Carradini
BrotherBear got inside my mind with its haunting, deep electro grooves, so much so that instead of my actual password, I typed their band name into my computer to unlock it. Such is the power of the band's unusual, off-kilter tunes.
The main instruments in BrotherBear's arsenal for this set were keyboards, a bass guitar, and drums. An electric guitar made an appearance too, but the majority of the set was covered by deep synths that produced haunting moods. Even when the band picked up the pace in an ostensibly dance-able song, the overall mood was one of dread and neurosis, instead of happy-go-lucky party music. This is all complimentary, by the way; their set was mesmerizing.
Two members of the band left the stage frequently, wandering around with the aforementioned guitar and a microphone; frantic dancing was involved for the lead singer. That these outgoing motions were backed up by a slow-moving, powerful sound instead of your regular upbeat dance fare played up the tension that BrotherBear produced. It was a fascinating set; BrotherBear is definitely working within a clearly defined vision of what they want to do (or, otherwise, doing a very convincing act). Fans of Chrome Pony and related bands will be enthused.