Joyful Noise Recordings

Various Artists

Child Bite / Big Bear

  • (green vinyl, limited to 500 hand-numbered copies)


Release Info

Catalog #: JNR37
Release Date: 07/06/2009

Track List

  1. Gloom Boots (Child Bite)
  2. Song 23 (Big Bear)


A split of monstrous proportions - Big Bear and Child Bite have joined together to inject post-punk prowess into this otherwise lifeless piece of translucent green vinyl. Detroit's Child Bite lead the charge with their slightly menacing yet consistently danceable take on post-punk. Dark-math-soul seems to be the name of the game on "Gloom Boots." Child Bite's addition of a horn section gives this track a particularly soulful feel - though they retain a certain Captain Beefheart-esque madman sensibility. Horns seem to work in conjunction with the rhythm section while twiddling guitars swirl around Shawn Knight's distinct howl. 

Big Bear's East Coast sensibilities seem to help spawn their distinct blend of noise pop. "Song 23" is rhythmically complex - with choppy guitar / keyboard arrangements and female vocals which somehow ends up being both sinister and cutsie. Song 23 begins innocent enough, but becomes more and more twisted as the song develops. Throughout the song each successive measure is significantly altered, so that in the end, it seems as though every possible rhythmic and tonal variation on the opening riff has been explored at least once; resulting in a song full of tumbling, somewhat carnival-esque melodic phrases. File this one under "Demented-Cutsie-Grind-Pop"