Lost Bear is a 5-piece alternative rock band from Utrecht, The Netherlands. After releasing the full length Limshasa (2011) and the EP Shingolai (2013) on Snowstar Records, Monkey Pop (2015) was the first release on Tiny Room Records, followed by epic double LP Inside The Dragon in 2016. Lost Bear played shows in The Netherlands, Germany, France, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia and Austria, as a headliner or with likeminded bands such as The Lemonheads, Sebadoh, Joan of Arc and Enablers.
Only a year after releasing Inside The Dragon the band presents us Donkey Shot. A considerably more compact album, with eleven songs recorded on an 8-track cassette tape recorder, mixed and mastered by Floyd Atema (The Sweet Release of Death, Zea). The songs are sinister and dark, with elements from post punk, new wave, dub and avant-garde. By adding keys and sound effects Lost Bear creates an alienating and invasive atmosphere. They seem to translate the current absurd Zeitgeist, for example by shouting out the name of psychotic childhood hero Pee Wee (in Little Big Adventure).
Lost Bear won’t get more political than this. Donkey Shot breathes the deception, the emptiness and the lack of love and empathy that define this decade. For example in Hallway of Echoes, where singer Casper Steenhuizen croons ‘hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow’. Listening to the album one gets carried away in the madness, losing touch with reality during side B. You find your estranged self in a room with drunk maniacs, while you hold a diet coke in your hand. It’s a slippery slope, but it all ends well. ‘No clue why I’m here, but I’m smiling’.