To elaborate on how PEARS approached recording their latest full-length, singer Zach Quinn says, “The biggest difference was Go To Prison was a fast thing—we just threw it together. This, we slaved over it. We wrote songs and cut songs and cut parts of songs and put them into other songs. It was a nightmare, but I’ve never been more proud of anything. Even though it was a completely different process, it feels like the next step.”
In case you haven’t heard there is resurgence in the beloved Hardcore although in my opinion it never faded off in the first place, It may have gotten some different roots and grew differently but it never disappeared. If you grew up in the nineties you might of found yourself a confused adolescent that just didn’t quite fit into the picture and what offers perhaps viewed as the norms of society. That built up aggression of political and societal injustices fuels a burning fire to express within the masses even to this day in many great albums that are viewed as masterpieces of constructive influence.
Pears latest L.P release entitled aptly after the foundation that is a common ground among the many religions that hold true to structure and faith is loosely bound by a bright star, given that many view this form of release of musical composure as a message with similarities to aspects of religion. The gathering of the masses in venues praising to hear the passages and hymns that they embrace whose to say that Hardcore is not a faith to believe in?
Green Star is Pears third release through Fat Wreck Chords and it is quite clear they are where they feel at home on the best independent punk label going. Following their L.P “Go To Prison” and a E.P shortly after named “Letters to Memaw” it was the growing indication touring with “A Wilhelm Scream” that is was quite clear that influence fueled an already existing formula of something old something new. On “Green Star” it’s quite obvious their extensive touring has influenced this L.P sound and as time has passed this band continues to get tighter so tight perhaps that it seems at times it seems they are programmed robotic instruments of musical composure. In the true form of old-school Hardcore the formula remains with fast upfront aggressive songs with lyrical content that the masses can wrap their emotions behind.
There is a total of 16 songs on here that reflect an overall conscience of musical choice and direction of the bands conciseness. This being from songs that stand out in musical composition of stronger instrumentation over other sounds be it from blazing percussion to harmonic/crust vocals to technical temporal rift change on the rhythm and lead work to those crunchy bass lines. Most songs stay with the 2 mins or less to impress approach and strike the message deep and quick. The tone is set is with the intro titled “Christmas 91” which if anybody knows Pears they draw inspiration from family. The iconic 8 bit analog voice repeating and resonating inside your head “Green Star” that’s fuels right into a refined track “Hinged by spine” that would some up the inner force that is Pears. A blistering fast paced drum beat with Rift breakdowns through tonal changes back into flowing rhythms and blistering time signatures drifting at 2.19 in into a harmonic leave. The next track was released as the teaser for ‘Green Star” Aptly named “Cumshot” unknown questionable metaphors carry strong lyrical messages on most Pears songs I could only imagine the hidden thoughts on this one is no different. Fast aggressive feel with fast break downs and fast crunchy bass lines with another tempo shift. “ I love my Kennel” has that similar sound from “Go to Prison” with that added anthem drum lines fast tempo shifts mood swing and fueled aggressive grin through your teeth and bear it lyrical style which is probably going to be the high intensity on live performances. “ Anhedonia” is much the same feel and has that reminiscent feel of the earlier work “Grimspee” with another break down at 1.20 in that revs your emotions into a fury of built up intensity. Now this is where it gets really interesting with an old school street punk sound similar of the flag days with “I got the Flu”. Then jumps right back into a melodic back in forth sound that has a melodic chorus and general upbeat punk sound flow on the title track “Green Star” that has catchy lyrical content that has backing harmonic vocals and will be probably the crowd motivator. “Bug Aware” builds back up the pace and “Patridge” brings the melodic flow back again. And then something new is added to this L.P Zach Quinn does a striking piano score called “Dizzy is drunk” this though is not the only instrumental track it is followed up later with another emotional driven piano score titled “Jump The fuckin’ ship” could be another lyrical Irony for unforeseeable band distress in touring . For those who know this band there is an added track form a previous release form the E.P “Letters to Memaw” on the A side which is more of the pop punk sound and follows through with their indie roots in the next track that mixes that indie pop punk sound titled “Cloverleaf”. “The tile of St Stewart” and “Doorbell” has a slower pace than the previous explosion musical wizardry. “Doorbell” has that feel good sound to it and something that most people can easily throw themselves behind and it feels like it has keyboard work in the mix? The next track as mentioned is a thoughtful emotional score titles “Jump the fukin’ship” Which has that resonating feel and tension of the lineup changes that seem to haunt Pears but never stop them from following through and giving it 120 percent night after night, even if that includes stopping in for a quick human fluid change and some body modification to enhance further live performances (Zach Quinns) broken hand during the Australia tour. Now by this point most albums start to fade off and disappear but at the end of this release is an emotional song exploring the vocal harmonic range that carries the feel of this release with blazing mad drumming and pounding bass lines with nonstop guitar work making you wonder are these guys for real or are they really human to give this much heart and inspiration and energy.
North American Tour:
04/07/16New Orleans, LASiberiaw/ Such Gold
04/08/16Orlando, FLBackboothw/ Such Gold
04/09/16Gainesville, FLHigh Divew/ Such Gold
04/10/16Charleston, SCTin Roofw/ Such Gold
04/11/16Charlotte, NCThe Milestonew/ Such Gold
04/12/16Richmond, VAWonderlandw/ Such Gold
04/13/16Baltimore, MDMetro Galleryw/ Such Gold
04/14/16Philadelphia, PAKung Fu Necktiew/ Such Gold
04/15/16Rochester, NYBug Jarw/ Such Gold
04/16/16St. Catherines, ON CanadaDetour Music Hallw/ Such Gold
04/17/16Toronto, ON CanadaLee's Palacew/ Such Gold
04/18/16London, ON CanadaCall The Officew/ Such Gold