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Bear Lake / Press

““It's fair to say that Bear Lake is probably the closest Michigan gets to our own Radiohead (if Michigan indeed needs its own Radiohead)…The music business is notoriously unpredictable, especially these days, but, given the right backing, Bear Lake has every chance of swaying heads nationwide and beyond.” ”

“Only once or twice a year do I hear a new album that grabs me like the one from today's spotlight band. If You Were Me from Bear Lake is, out of the box, absolutely one of the best new records of 2011...There's so much here to like!”

“Bear Lake seem equally possessed by McCartney as they are by Gibbard (Death Cab), equally blending pared-back piano/acoustic folk jaunts with the arm-raising/eye-closing/lip-synching ingratiation of arena-rock anthems - and equally flexing knacks for charting out ear-worm melodies as they are at dressing their soundscapes with enough atmospheric intrigue so as to squelch the saccharine and give the theatric ardor of the spacey-pedal-howled tones enough room to breath out their star-gazer resonance.”

“The band lists “Sleep Deprivation” as one of their influences. That’s not surprising given the band’s busy last few years, having their music featured on multiple network TV shows and a Sundance Festival film while also producing this album. The tireless effort shows through in the diversity of the tracks, the sincerity of the lyrics and the beautiful melodic schizophrenia.”

“The harmonies are pure and pretty, the tones are meticulously wound to keenly mellifluous timbres such as to achieve that grinning summer-y enchantment. Throw in heartfelt, plaintive lyrics that spill their guts, either delicately or declaratively... and you've got the glistening charm of Bear Lake... a band that's already had their songs snagged by a number of mainstream media outlets like One Tree Hill. Plus, they were just in the studio to sit in for Ann Delisi's Essential Music. ”

““Their music has been compared to such different bands as Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, the Shins and Snow Patrol. They actually sound more like Band of Horses, with their shimmering atmospherics, quiet loud dynamics and understated vocals with an occasional country flavour.” ”

““It's always harsh to make comparisons to modern successes, and Bear Lake doesn't make it easy, but in a marathon with easy-indie-listening bands that have blown up nicely in the past few years, including Death Cab for Cutie and Snow Patrol, the group's discography thus far puts it in the conversation, if not the race.” ”

““Rochester-based indie rock band Bear Lake is getting some major face time (ear time?) on cable television this fall. The band's song "Where Do We Go" was featured on episode seven of the CW's "Melrose Place," and tonight it will appear on "One Tree Hill," also a CW show. The song is off the band's second album ‘Places on the Side.’” ”