If you can’t keep your bear-referencing bands straight, relax. It’s understandable. Grizzly Bear. Panda Bear. Country Bear Jamboree. The animal has become as associated with percussion as it is with forest fires and honey pots.
But Bear Hands — scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) — might be the best of the bunch.
With its 2014 sophomore release “Distraction,” the Brooklyn electro quartet kicked into the alt-rock consciousness with the jangly synth march “Giants” and multitonal sing-along anthem “Agora.”
Now touring off this year’s “You’ll Pay For This,” the band has shown its not merely a furry-named collection of well-received singles, but an intelligent contingent with intent of evolving outside its borough’s stylish norms.
Six-string energy behind new tracks like “Boss” or “Winner’s Circle” say as much, exhibiting vocal and instrumental flourishes reminiscent of genre forebearers Rogue Wave, as well as differentiating the band from its neighborhood's synth-heavy brooders.
But for those intent on nodding hypnotically to Yamaha-tweaked tracks, never fear. The Dylan Rau-fronted bunch will have plenty of these digital ditties to join its Gibson-geared offerings, soon to be amplified off Delaware Avenue to start the weekend.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Relations opens the show. Tickets are $15 to $18 (ticketfly.com).