Bear Hive is a band from St. Louis. It consists of three people: Chris Phillips, Joel Burton, and Nate Heininger.
Winner of the 2012 Riverfront Times "Best New Band" award.
Because each member of Bear Hive handles an impressive number of duties onstage, those who have heard but not seen the band may be surprised to learn it is merely a trio. Bassist Joel Burton and drummer Nate Heininger supplement their setups with secondary synthesizers, either hopscotching between instruments mid-song or tending to both simultaneously. Chris Phillips' vocals are remarkably expressive, especially since he belts them out while tap-dancing on pedals to loop layers of prickly guitar riffs and managing a hands-on drum machine. The variety-show spectacle is far from effortless, but this demanding, sweaty routine is the process necessary to execute Bear Hive's eclectic electro-indie party rock, which ranges from Battles-meets-Modest Mouse roof burners to lounging smoke breaks akin to Yo La Tengo. - The Riverfront Times.
Bear Hive‘s 4-track EP A Mountain to Maintain is a trek through the lushest of indie-rock forests. On “Wigwam”, the band delineates catchy synth into their undulating tempo to work itself into a sweat before taking a dip into the river of interlude. - Eleven Magazine.
...So far, the young band has shown more than just potential. The four tracks on its EP A Mountain to Maintain are solid, unlikely pop songs built from the man-vs.-machine tension of electronic and live elements (think Menomena). "Wild Yonder" is the band's strongest work, a midtempo romp through uncharted Western mountains that plays like a less-stoned Minus the Bear circa 2002 or less drunk Modest Mouse circa 1996. The Chinese Zodiac says 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. We say it just might be the Year of the Bear Hive. - "Seven Bands to Watch in 2012"- The Riverfront Times.
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