tempobet yeni adresi
like this vinyl review

23/12/2016 : 14 ICED BEARS - 14 Iced Bears / Wonder

14 ICED BEARS

14 Iced Bears / Wonder

MusicVinyl
DreampopShoegaze

[70/100]   

Optic Nerve Recordings:
23/12/2016, Paul PLEDGER

Coloured vinyl, liner-notes a-plenty and an everso slightly obscure '80s/'90s indie band's catalogue given a thorough buffing-up? It can only be another super Optic Nerve reissue.

This time their attention turns towards the oft-forgotten Brighton shoe-gazing dream-pop outfit 14 Iced Bears whose brief dalliance in the music business produced two albums (these ones) and a slew of highly-regarded singles and EPs, the vast majority of which are included as extras on each of these fine double-disc editions.

Perhaps too bombastic to be counted as a true Sarah Records act, too twee to be compared to Jesus and Mary Chain and maybe just a bit too heavy for the traditional C86 scene, 14 Iced Bears nonetheless created a joyous racket with saccharine melodies and bittersweet lyrics.

Debut-album '14 Iced Bears', along with ramshackle first single 'Inside', helped inform John Peel of their fuzzy and sometimes bruising proto-pop before signing them up for the obligatory session. Opener Take It isn't necessarily indicative of what's to come - a relentless powerjam of hurried drumming, waves of feedback and an almost hollow and unnerving piece of production work is soon followed by the far more restrained Biff Bang Pow-ish Holland and the ear-bleeding psychedelia of the somewhat atonal Train Song. Things get a bit more wistful on the woozy Moths and by the time Cut pops up, you'll be wondering if The Wake or The June Brides have sneaked into the studio to take over.

Follow-up long-player 'Wonder' from 1991 is an altogether more accomplished affair with a widescreen sound and an almost mainstream tinge to songs like the elegiac single Hold On and paisley-shirted Byrds-esque Smooth in the Sun. There's an element of sixties West Coast pop and latter-day alt-rock throughout 'Wonder' with a touch of the Mazzy Stars and Rain Parades about These Are The Things and When It Comes, while In The Morning shimmers like a seashore at early dawn. As with the debut, this edition comes choc-full of bonuses on a second platter such as the weirdy outtake closer The Wonder of Coincidence.

The fact that 14 Iced Bears went on to support Velvet Underground's Mo Tucker and Sterling Morrison on tour, as well as Big Star's Alex Chilton, merely confirms their various credible sources of inspiration - and there's nowt wrong with that!

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews.

Paul PLEDGER
23/12/2016


Music reviews

22
07
SAIGON BLUE RAIN
Pink Obsession
11
07
CONTAINER 90
Friendship and love
10
07
ENZO KREFT
Control
09
07
HOCICO
Artificial Extinction
04
07
MECHANIMAL
White Flag Single
14
06
CABINET OF MILLIONAIRES
Theresa, Vol.3 Ep

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

18
07
Today it’s 31 years since Siouxsie & The Banshees released their single Peek-a-Boo.
18
07
Today, exactly 39 years ago, Joy Division released their second and final studio album, Closer.
17
07
Electronic/Industrial Bass Artist SINthetik Messiah Announces The Release of Their Single 'Black Sheep'
16
07
Electronic Act THE BRUTE: Announces New LONESOME HERO/AND I WANT YOU Split Single & Video
15
07
New Peek-a-Boo Magazine #34 out now!
15
07
PINK TURNS ANNOUNCES REISSUES OF FIRST ALBUMS + TOUR 2019

Concert reviews

14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019
15
01
PALAIS IDEAL & DAGEIST
B52 - Eernegem - 16/12/2018
14
01
STAR INDUSTRY, DAGEIST, KEZDOWN
EGW- ROCK, Jeugdhuis Asgaard
06
01
RITUAL SERVICE, MOTHER WITCH AND & DEAD WATER GHOSTS AND GOOSLA
Live at The Volume Club, Kiev, 7th December 2018
16
11
HEILUNG
Live at The Islington Assembly Hall
06
11
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

16
07
MARK DEUTROM (CLOWN ALLEY/THE MELVINS)
' I felt like I needed to make a solo-record at that time!'
15
07
STEVE DIGGLE (BUZZCOCKS)
'We were writing from the heart and soul!'
08
07
TODD TRAINER (SHELLAC)
'My attitude has always been to be original and unique!'
06
07
BOB BERT (PUSSY GALORE, LYDIA LUNCH RETROVIRUS, EX-SONIC YOUTH,...)
'One man’s noise is another man’s symphony!'
02
07
TEST DEPARTMENT
THE 80s WERE AN AMAZING TIME FOR MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT

PHOTOS

22
07
L'AME IMMORTELLE
Amphi
22
07
PINK TURNS BLUE
Amphi
22
07
HENRIC DE LA COUR
Amphi
22
07
BLUTENGEL
Amphi
22
07
LORD OF THE LOST
Amphi
22
07
HOCICO
Amphi
22
07
THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX
Amphi

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

22
07
LIZARD SMILE
Silence In Your Eyes
21
07
MINUIT MACHINE
BATTLES
20
07
THE LUST SYNDICATE
Death moves towards us
19
07
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
Moonchild
18
07
AMBASSADOR21
FUCKALLSYSTEMS
17
07
THIS CAN HURT
Worlds Apart
16
07
RABIA SORDA
Deaf