Pure Noise Records alumni, Bearings, have made their triumphant return with their newest LP, The Best Part About Being Human. It's been close to three years since the band’s sophomore release, Hello It’s You, was released. For fans wondering if the band’s previous album could be topped, it is safe to say this is the best release of the band’s career to date!
The Best Part About Being Human ditches the previously established alt-pop/indie punk sound of the band’s prior releases in favor of a grittier garage pop-punk sound, and it truly feels like a step up from their previous work. This album is truly an experience, as each song is unique, catchy, and allows each members’ roles to shine! The only downside to the album itself is the length; the album is packed with 10 new tracks, coming in at just shy of a half hour, so listeners will be left wanting more and anticipating what’s to come in the future.
Each track on The Best Part About Being Human sounds huge, as the production and writing have been “beefed up” in this release, and the listener should be able to tell that the band put their heart and soul into this body of music. For anyone that has not listened to Bearings before but is a fan of the pop-punk/Warped Tour-esc genre, this should be the album to listen to first. Every song on this album is accessible to new listeners, as they all feel reminiscent of established bands such as blink-182, State Champs, and Green Day, all while retaining a unique sound exclusive to the band. A majority of the 10 tracks come from the perspective of someone (presumably frontman, Dougie Cousins) going through issues in a relationship, a broken heart, or finding new love; each song shares a common theme surrounding the topic of love.
If someone only had the time to listen to three of the 10 tracks, the highlights of the album are "Ocean Dream,” which features a saxophone solo from Saxl Rose, “Scenery,” which is the opening track from the album and offers an explosive chorus that will leave you wanting to nod your head, and lastly, “Human,” which is the album’s closer and one of the few tracks In the band’s discography that features a guitar solo!
Bearings have achieved international success with their previous releases and are sure to top that with The Best Part About Being Human. The album embodies everything unique about Bearings’ sound, the sound of the artists that influenced them, and blends them together. If you haven't heard of Bearings before, buckle up and enjoy the ride, because the band is set to become one of the titans in the pop-punk world!
- Dougie Cousins (Vocals)
- Ryan Culligan (Guitar)
- Ryan Fitz (Guitar)
- Collin Hanes (Bass)
- Mike McKerracher (Drums)
Catch Bearings on tour with Just Friends, Young Culture, and Youth Fountain on The Alive And Loud Tour this fall!
September 15 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest*
September 16 – Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary
September 17 – Toronto, CA – The Opera House
September 19 – Montréal, CA – Théâtre Fairmount
September 20 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
September 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
September 23 – New York, NY – Racket NYC
September 24 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom (Crystal Restaurant)
September 26 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
September 27 – Syracuse, NY – The Song and Dance
September 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Enclave
September 30 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
October 1 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
October 3 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
October 4 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
October 6 – Dallas, TX – Lone Star Room Dallas
October 7 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
October 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
October 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
October 13 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
October 15 – Berkeley, CA – The Cornerstone
October 17 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
October 18 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
October 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
October 21 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater