OBM: How did "Bear" get its start? And what is behind the band name?
BEAR got started for real in the beginning of 2010. Maarten was the last to join us after the musical foundation was already laid down. We recorded our mCD in April 2010, started playing gigs in June, went on tour in August and rounded up the year by signing with Let It Burn Records.
We chose BEAR as a bandname because we were looking for something short and powerfull yet not too cliché in the metal genre. The bandname also represents the music: ferocious and in your face.
OBM: What do you see as some of the main purposes for "Bear" making music?
Because we like playing heavy music and have been wanting to play together for a couple of years. We'd like to try to bring something fresh to the Belgian scene and we put the emphasis on 'try'. ;-)
OBM: Talk to us about the idea behind the title To your first EP "Abstractions"?
All the tracks sound 'Abstract' and straight to the point without getting lost in millions of riffs per song. What are some of the influences behind your chaotic brand of metal?
We all have a love for music that deviates from the main-stream. A lot of our musical influences lay outside the metal scene.
OBM: Can you talk to us a bit about where you were spiritually and mentally while creating this last record?
Mentally we were all in the same place and that reflects on the record. All songs are coherent pieces and fit together well under the name Abstractions. We had the same goal in mind so that eased the process of creating this record.
OBM: Talk to us a bit about the meaning behind the track “Injuries”…
INJURIES tells the story of two people who have to spend the rest of their days in jail. Both locked up for different crimes, it deals with the perception these two people have on leaving their freedom behind. Their memories are their injuries because thats what makes them crave for home.
OBM: What track are you most proud of on "Bear" and why?
I think DECADES represents best what BEAR is all about. It's the first track we've written together and it's fast sometimes slow yet high with a lot of low. The mix of those elements make that we are most proud about it.
OBM: So this is your first EP. Do you feel like To Plant a Seed fully encapsulates your sound or do you feel like you’ll be comfortable moving in different directions creatively as time goes on?
Yeah, we think we're constantly evolving as a band. Our upcoming album 'Doradus' sounds less mechanical though heavier, while you still clearly hear that it's the same band as on the EP.
We don't have a fixed masterplan or something like that... we want to write heavy music that we like and in our opinion fits what BEAR is about.
OBM: What would you say it is about music that drives so many to the roads every year in pursuit of their dreams? What is it for you?
The love for creating something you can be proud of: translating what you've recorded on an album to a live-audience and getting some of the energy back that we've put in the music. It feels very rewarding to have people enjoy what you love doing the most.
OBM: What are some of your favorite cities to play in thus far? Tell us the story…
While we were on tour in the UK, we arrived at the smallest venue ever (in Bridlington). We thought for sure the show would be a fluke but it turned out to be one of the craziest shows to date. The kids their went totally bonkers, giving all they had while the temperature was literally hitting the roof.
Playing our hometown (Antwerp, BE) also rocks because we're slowly gaining a steady fanbase and those guys party with us each show we play.
OBM: What would you say sets "Bear" apart from other Metal acts?
We know we don't play the most renewing music, but we do it with our own flair. When playing live you could say we go berserk and give the people their money's worth. We're not your typical type of hardcore dudes. Or metal heads. We love the colour white, therefor our backline is coloured in white, which sets us apart -visually- from most other acts.
OBM: What do you see happening in the life of "Bear" over the next year?
Rich and Fame!
OBM: Right on! We wish you luck, and thanks again for taking a minute to talk with us! Be sure to check out their new release Abstractions which is available in stores and online now! The last words are yours...
OBEY THE FUCKING B E A R ///