Billy Harvey, Bearsick

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Billy Harvey's a musician's musician. After high school, he bought a VW van from his mother for a single dollar and set off to San Francisco to chase his rock ‘n'roll dreams. He found it (kinda) in the form of Flame, which put out two albums in the early ’90s. But after that band broke up, Harvey found his way to Austin and went solo. Bearsick is his fourth record under his own name and it may just be his best. Mixing an innate sense for melody and frequently wry lyrics, Harvey's self-produced tracks are testaments to the DIY aesthetic. “The Bringdown,” one of the album's finest tunes, features all of three of these elements, bringing together a downtrodden blues stomp with choral flourishes and lyrics that detail exactly what Harvey wants to do with you (hint: it includes having you “smell [his] glove”).