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Heros Severum
Wonderful Educated Bear
Two Sheds Music

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Wonderful Educated Bear is the first album released by the trio from Athens, Heros Severum. They are the perfect band for a Noisepop festival, complete with calculating, post-melodic guitar riffs over geeky 80s vocals. This odd combination makes for an entertaining and somewhat unique entry to the world of indie rock.

Both male and female vocals are used regularly throughout the album. The song "Out of Round" is an example of what you can expect from the rest of this album. An inquisitive guitar riff is eventually accompanied by supporting percussion, leaving way for a nerdy male chorus that might make you feel uncomfortable if approached by Heros Severum in a live setting. Eventually, Sherryl A. Branch balances out the awkwardness of the vocals with her own spoken witticisms. Slowly, the unique song structure emerges from the background to accompany the vocals and wrap everything up. "Colors - Paint and Body" and "Driving in a Perpetual Summer" are two more tracks on Wonderful Educated Bear that display this mathematic post-rock/obnoxious vocal commentary combination. Throughout the album, the band's sound draws comparisons to established acts like Sonic Youth, The Minutemen, the Talking Heads, and even Primus. That's pretty good company to be among. Even so, Heros Severum has a funk-induced, post-whatever formula that's all their own.

Reviewed by Matt Bendett

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