Band(camp) of the Week: The Bear Romantic

Maybe a lesson to be learned here. The last two Band(camp) of the Week artists I’ve discovered have been because of Blind Melon, or, rather, I should say because I’ve plugged “Blind Melon” in my Google Alerts. This week’s artist is The Bear Romantic, which is really the solo/acoustic project of Jesse Clasen, who fronts another band called Harvard.

In a review on the Creative Loafing website, the writer said that, “Clasen has a unique, nearly-falsetto vocal style that often reminds me of the late Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon.” And that’s what caused a link to the article to show up in my Google Alerts.

I’m not sure I’d agree that Clasen sounds like Hoon – more like Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate) or Aaron Sprinkle (Fair) in my opinion. Interestingly enough, both of those guys have had success in “rock”-type bands but have made beautiful solo albums as well.

The Bear Romantic’s “Firewood” is available digitally for $4. I really can’t get enough of the CD, it’s been on constant rotation late in the evenings around Atomic Ned headquarters.

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