Oliver Future

Texas platters

Phases & Stages

Oliver Future

The Bear Chronicles (Lilywhite)

Oliver Future's new EP, The Bear Chronicles, proves this game Austin band has grown a bit in the last year. Following the respectable success of last winter's otherwise disappointing self-titled debut, they've returned with a four-song preview of what's in store for a second album, due fall 2005. Reteamed with producer Lars Göransson, Bear Chronicles claws out much of the overbearing Radiohead influence of the last LP in favor of a Faith No More-meets-Pulp sound. The results are still mixed, but at least the band sounds more refreshing in its approach. "The Hi Hat" offers a catchy refrain of "We can never slow down, never will return" mixed with glam flourishes, but it gets repetitive fast. The same can be said for "Friends V Pills," which isn't much more than three minutes of musings about – you guessed it – pills and friends. The song never explores territory beyond saying "My friends have been great, but the pills work better" over and over. Where Oliver Future succeeds is epic productions like the waltzy "The Fucked Up Bear Chronicles." In a relatively sprawling five minutes, their alchemy of sound and tempos creates its own spell. They use this extra time and space to flesh out their ideas, as they do on "When You're Dead You Stay Dead," and it makes for a better Oliver Future. So, unlike their aforementioned refrain, we want them to return. We just need them to slow it down a bit.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Matt Dentler
Best Ofs
The Beta Band
The Best of the Beta Band (Record Review)

Dec. 30, 2005

Best Ofs
Beastie Boys
Solid Gold Hits (Record Review)

Dec. 30, 2005

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle