With the amount of testosterone pulsing alongside the rugged guitar chords in "The Bear King," it's easy to slide local trio Hello Electric right next to Aussie group Wolfmother on the record shelf. However, Hello Electric are Pacific Northwesteners all the way, not just in terms of its physical residence, but in the into-the-wild imagery in "The Bear King" and the rest of its song catalog, too. With titles like "North on the Moss" and "Forest Green" these guys really live up to all the NW stereotypes, huh?
Besides the rad song title, I also love the track's muddled, low-riding beat. The year is still young, but "The Bear King" is one of my favorite—and funnest—discoveries of 2009.
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