Bear Hands: A Photographers’ Postmortem

Or, “Journey Through the Eclectic-Dissociative Effect”

Saturday night: Bear Hands. Eclectic. Damn. Adjectives that come to mind: raucous, involved, loud, draining, “better than Burning Bush Supper Club.” Thing that ensued: crowd-surfing, tinnitus, alumni pride, injury, drunken buffoonery. Apache Kid and Tony Castles (who played a really, really good set, and also amusingly tweeted about us) opened.

But this will not be a thoughtfully articulated review. (If that’s what you’re looking for, try today’s Argus Arts page. [Or the Ampersand. (Just kidding.)]) Instead, I offer a gallery of compelling images from Saturday night’s fantastic show—a few from Tony Castles’ set, too—and, at no extra charge, a semicoherent Gchat postmortem between the photographers who took them (namely, me and Rachel Pincus ’13). Enjoy. And good show, guys.

  • me: You got good shots of that crowd FREAKIN OUTTT.
  • Rachel: yeah holy moly
  • Rachel: so many sourpusses, funnypusses and interestingpusses
  • Rachel: a full cast of characters on parade
  • me: the Eclectic member who bitched at those drunk fucks to “MOVE BACK THREE INCHES”
  • me: was a highlight.
  • me: But the band was into it.
  • Rachel: I don’t quite remember that. must be the eclectic-dissociative effect
  • me: and “Burning Bush Supper whatever” sounds so much better live.
  • me: It was like 2/3 through the show.
  • me: unless I dreamt this
  • Rachel: oh, that’s the stuff of photographer’s dreams

  • Rachel: I have to say, “Julien” was a song I could really get into
  • Rachel: even if it was about some obscure art film mentioned in a textbook I read for Dombrowski’s class
  • me: What film?
  • Rachel: “julien donkey boy”
  • me: I dig “Crime Pays” a lot.
  • me: hip enough that I haven’t seen it.
  • Rachel: I haven’t seen it either, but it’s on my radar
  • Rachel: apparently it uses some unusual film printing techniques
  • Rachel: and it’s directed by the person who directed “kids”
  • Rachel: by the same token… “crime pays” was on skins recently I hear

  • me: The other thing I really liked about Bear Hands
  • me: is that they didn’t croon any lullabies to their babies.
  • Rachel: what I liked about My Brightest Diamond is that her presence did not result in any head injuries
  • me: Did you experience head injuries?
  • Rachel: one of my hallmates did
  • Rachel: apparently she’s been walking around with a giant gash in the back for her head for a few days
  • Rachel: but I haven’t seen the gash
  • me: oh shit
  • Rachel: but whatever
  • Rachel: she seems okay?
  • me: Sue Bear Hands.
  • me: I know someone with great lawyer parents
  • me: and by “someone” i mean “everyone.”
  • Rachel: Great Lawyer Parents = band name
  • me: Great Lawyer Parents @ Eclectic
  • me: with Apache Kid + Wet Nurse
  • me: could be an actual Wesleying post.

  • Rachel: I kind of ended up orbiting the stage
  • Rachel: due to crowd movements
  • Rachel: so I got some interesting angles
  • Rachel: but the band wasn’t especially interesting to photograph
  • me: True.
  • me: The speaker nearly crushed me at least two times.
  • Rachel: ahahhaa oh no
  • Rachel: the people in the front row kept getting pushed on their hands and knees repeatedly I noticed
  • Rachel: the excitement was almost as intense as for titus
  • me: yep.
  • Rachel: which makes me question why we get so excited for certain shows
  • Rachel: and not for others
  • Rachel: teengirl fantasy was deserted

  • me: hardcore argument in the Argus office right now.
  • me: on whether Bear Hands should be referred to singular or plural.
  • Rachel: singular I think?
  • me: Rob’s getting worked up.
  • me: which is okay
  • me: because THIS SHIT MATTERS GODAMMIT.
  • Rachel: oh I know
  • Rachel: how the pitchfork police can be
  • me: “IS REVERBER EVEN A WORD???”
  • me: LOL, just suggested “reverb-drenched.”
  • Rachel: hahahaha
  • me: They’re editing the Bear Hands review
  • me: and I’m enough of a music snob fuck to be of assistance.
  • Rachel: did you guys get your Iguanas Ranas?
  • Rachel: I’m starting to wish I went over there… hah
  • me: It’s Vegan food.
  • me: from some place.
  • Rachel: I’m a vegetarian, I should check out “some place” sometime
  • me: It’s called “Ion”?
  • Rachel: ohh!
  • Rachel: of course I’ve been to their supermarket
  • me: It’s okay.
  • Rachel: vegan food is making rob irritable.
  • Rachel: he’s feeling his oats

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[No Argus editors were harmed in the making of this post.]

5 thoughts on “Bear Hands: A Photographers’ Postmortem

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    I wuz reall bummed when Linus didn’t get to open for this show, so I’m just real glad there’re some pictures of them crowd surfing the whole show.

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