Moment of Silence
Sleeping on the Floor
With their second album, Distraction, Brooklyn’s Bear Hands expand their sound with smart ideas and witty tracks that have received rave reviews from a number of serious alternative music publications and websites. Produced by guitarist Ted Feldman and mixed by James Brown (Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys), Distraction goes a long way toward turning the band’s jittery style into a therapeutic, cathartic workout that can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys energetic, tuneful alternative rock. “Bone Digger” rattles the walls with its demanding beats, poking keyboards, and strategically called-upon electric and bass guitars, while frontman Dylan Rau’s sonically manipulated vocals turn from in-command to a bundle of nerves in “Agora,” the most unlikely song about the life-altering phobia of the outside world. He whispers with a Prince-like affection on “Vile Iowa,” a song that (like many of the album’s best tracks) says its piece in less than three minutes. Songs like “Peacekeeper” and “Sleeping on the Floor” sound like Bear Hands’ greatest goal is to melt the dance floor into the roots of Britpop until all is fair in love and music.