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INTERVIEW: Bear Driver

June 23, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW: Bear Driver

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.: We are: Oli (Vocals/Guitar, from The Lake District) Harry (Vocals/Guitar, from Stamford) Cassie (Vocals, from London) Joseph (Keyboards, from Stamford) Jon (Bass, from Cleethorpes) and Rich (Drums, from Southend). Most of us met whilst in Leeds but have since relocated to London.

2. Describe your music.: Someone described us as ”like Arcade Fire hosting a children’s birthday party” I like that.

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.: Oli and Harry meet in Leeds, start writing and recording bedroom demos for fun. They book a gig as 2piece with an ipod and need a name so come up with Bear Driver. They invite Cassie and Joe to join and release debut ep Paws & Claws, then Jon and Rich join ranks to complete the lineup.

4. What did you do before you were in a band?: We all did different things.. Some played in other bands, some worked in an arthouse cinema, some studied and some wrote.

5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.: Mine was the Beatles ‘Oldies but Goldies’ when I was about 6

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?: Writing, recording, gigs.

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?: We don’t really get fan mail, just MySpace adds and Facbook posts – not nearly as much fun.

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus? : Jonathan Richman (controversial!) The Beatles, Yo La Tengo

9. What gear do you use?: We don’t have a lot of gear – drums, bass, guitars, a casio keyboard, melodica, accordian, tambourine – the usual.

10. What’s your best on-tour story?: a: walking in on Zane Lowe in the toilets at Reading Festival
b: being given vitamin tablets by Jarvis Cocker’s girfriend at End Of The Road
c: cat got in the bus in a service station on the M1

11. What do you demand on your rider?: Gin! But invariably we get warm carlsberg.

12. What’s your website?:



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