Bear Hands have been drawing a great deal of praise since their third full length album You’ll Pay For This pushed their post punk sound into hookier experimental areas. The success they’d established from debut “Burning Bush Supper Club” was developed; musicianship has evolved well, and lyrical concerns have matured but never softened. The trajectory of Bear Hands increases interest with each release.
Currently on tour, Bear Hands took time out of their manic schedule to sit down and take five with ARTISTdirect to discuss their current location, their current mood and their future plans for striking it RICH with a simple password phising scheme.
Where are you right now?
Backstage at A and R Bar in Columbus waiting to soundcheck.
Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Ted plays guitars and keyboards, Val plays bass and TJ plays drums. Val’s the most natural, I’m the most technical.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
You’ll Pay For This came out in April. Ted co-produced it with (the English) James Brown and Alan Moulder mixed it. It’s about you, your life, your dreams.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I try not to describe my music to friends. Just nag them to come to shows and buy t shirts.
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Attended Wesleyan University with Ted and knew the rhythm section from high school punk bands around the neighborhood.
Other than Bear Hands, what should your hometown be known for?
My hometown is known for mediocrity and a driving range.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
We have two bottles of tequila which has become a nightly ritual to consume amongst a party of eight. Used to be whiskey for years and years and then one day it just switched to tequila. No one knows what happened.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I think the first musicians I idolized in grade school were like the Who, Nirvana, and Green Day. Two out of three ain’t bad I suppose. I used to dance around and sing “Baba O’Reilly” when I was probably ten years old.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Put the time in.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Wow. Umm. Mitch Hedberg?
What song best sums up your life right now?
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
People travelling long distances to see you play always makes me feel good.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
Hut near the beach. Pick up truck.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Password phishing scam.