Sunbears! opened for Modest Mouse Friday night at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. The local Jacksonville band has garnered quite a following as evidenced by the large crowd present when they took the stage. Frontman Jonathan Berlin turned on the lights, cranked up the smoke machine and the band filled the amphitheater with amazing electro-acoustic sound. Four guitars and a genius set of drums, played by Jared Bowser, rocked on stage while the synth instruments added depth and the audience was up and moving.
While their music is fast and upbeat, the lyrics often are much darker as in They Think They’re So Philosophical “But we all die the same…our brains decay, our teeth will fall right out of our heads”. Their music is not all doom and gloom however as Love Breaks All Sadness shows with the guitar riffs, the optimistic lyrics and great vocals.
It was an exciting set from the Sunbears! on a hot summer night. Check out their schedule and go catch them.