Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Far from Easy but Not Hard to Love

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Far from Easy but Not Hard to Love

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Grizzly Bear at The Sage Gateshead THIS was, despite the luscious harmonies and addictive hooks, certainly not a night of easy listening.

A band that troubled the upper echelons of the best-of-2009 critics' charts, this Brooklyn-based quartet probably provide the definition of cool at the moment. Very indie, ever so slightly geeky and deadly serious about their art, they're never straightforward, playing hard to get just when the melody hits.

They line up four square at the front of Hall One - drummer stage right, as prominent as his colleagues, a band democracy that continues throughout, three singers swapping lines and contrasting vocal deliveries as they go.

Southern Point starts us off as it does the album, Veckatimest, named after an uninhabited island off the coast of Cape Cod. It's an LP steeped in a windswept, wave-crashing landscape; on stage each song becomes a mini drama of its own. With a guitar line that's much more of a rock rattle than on record, it's a beguiling start. …

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