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“Each song is a mini epic is the styles Bob Dylan, John Prine, and more recently Conor Oberst. Bear Cub is able to intermingle Americana and Beatles based sing along pop in ways that would make the E Street Band take notice. And their live shows are nothing to sneeze at either. On a good night Bear Cub can bring down the house; on a great night they may save your damned soul.”
“This time around, the emotional vibe and sense of humor has brightened considerably, and it is top-loaded with bouncy, radio-friendly songs like "Stay Young, Stay Lost" and "The Classic," a rollicking piece of black-comedy pop. Sonically, it reaches from Beatlesque pop to Bright Eyes emo-folk to Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-style stomp. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/music/local-scene-651108/#ixzz28Rnl4g3l ”
"If you’ve had a chance to see Bear Cub live then you know exactly how good these guys are, if not then let me sum it up by saying they are the kind of band that will leave you jaw dropped & thoroughly entertained by their “aggressive folk” style. One minute they are a bit like the Avett Brothers & the next the Beatles. To hear exactly what I mean check out our free track this week “Pulling Me Apart”. It’s a little like the Avett’s “Shame” at the start but it reminds me a lot of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” through out most of the song."
"The album I want to gush over is the Limited Release EP by Bear Cub. This band consists of pop-punk vocals and folk-y instrumentation. If someone were to say that to me, I would ask “How does that work?” but it does. The lyrics are full of emotion, and every song tells a story. I have never heard such a strong fulfillment of every musical criterion. I tend to look for melodic vocals/instrumentation and interesting lyrics, and Bear Cub goes above and beyond. I can’t describe how well the songs penetrate an audience’s awareness. You immediately feel the lyrics. I’ve seriously listened to this album three entire times."
"Bear Cub is one of the most innovative artistic forces to join our musical family."
"An indie-folk jaunt, for fans of Bright Eyes and The Avett Brothers, Bear Cub never wastes a note, flourish, or moment on the album's entire duration. It is simply stunning."
"Among the attendees favorites was Bear Cub, a hardcore indie rock band from Tennessee. Please note that I said hardcore, because the energy that comes from these bears - between the gut-spillin' lyrics to the full force instrument handling, pretty much gives folk a new identity."
"Jesse Hall left the city he loves and a promising band to follow a girl to Austin, TX. All he got was a broken heart, a long trip back, and the seed for one of the best albums to come out of Pittsburgh this year."