Interview with the deli's Artist of the Month: Bear In You
- by Chrissy Prisco
deli: How did the band start?
Bear In You: A jam and game of Tony Hawk in Phil’s addition. Then two hot months of nonstop writing and recording. Then we played some songs. Then we didn’t play for two years. Then we got together and wrote and recorded a 12-song album of new originals.
deli: Where did the band name, Bear In You, come from?
Bear In You: We came up with it (obviously). There are two meanings-- the first is to implore listeners to get in touch with the carnal nature that comes with being human/animal. The second is an innuendo-- we (Clark, Phil, Avery) are bears, and we are INSIDE OF YOU.
deli: What are your biggest musical influences?
Clark’s influences -- Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Spoon, Kings of Leon, Curren$y and Nas’ Illmatic.
Phil’s influences -- Third Eye Blind, Kid Cudi
deli: What artists are you currently listening to?
Phil -- Modest Mouse, Morning Teleportation, Odd Future, Pink Floyd
Clark -- Sleigh Bells, The Dead Weather, The Horrors, MuteMath’s Odd Soul, N.E.R.D.
deli: First concert attended? First album purchased?
Bear In You: I (Phil) saw Weezer and Foo Fighters together for my first concert. Weezer has always been a favorite band of mine, and Dave Grohl is one of our band's biggest influences. My first album purchased was Room on Fire by The Strokes, although my parents bought me tons of N’SYNC and Backstreet Boys prior to that, which I cannot deny I enjoyed thoroughly.
The first album I (Clark) purchased was Nelly’s Country Grammar. The first concert I ever attended was Jammin’ 94.5’s SummaJam, and all I really remember from it was getting a picture taken with a bunch of well-endowed models wearing matching t-shirts. I was in 6th grade and it was awesome.
deli: What do you love about Boston’s music scene?
Bear In You: The variety. I (Phil) am going to college here in Boston, and the number of local bands that I’ve seen and met has been awesome. Every type of music, from hip-hop to jam bands, can be found here, and they know how to throw a great party too.
deli: What would you like to see change in the music scene?
Bear In You: The past couple decades have introduced this huge DIY mentality when it comes to creating music, if you haven’t noticed... This is really great for music everywhere, but it has also caused for a lot of repetitious music to come out that’s all been done before. We definitely hope this mentality continues to spread, but hopefully people will start to get really creative again. There’s never been a better time to make music, so I have faith that that’ll happen.
deli: What are your plans for the year?
Bear In You: Education... The three of us have been split-up geographically because of our education, but this Summer more writing, recording, (and hopefully performing) is in store for us.
deli: What was your best live show?
Bear In You: The only one we’ve played thus far: Avery’s surprise going-away party in 2009, when he moved away. It was pretty awesome, considering it was a surprise...
deli: Who has helped our band grow, through support?
Bear In You: Our Parents-- We spent over 200 hours, at the very least, in the Jacobson/Ward residency. Most of those hours were loud, and some of those hours were spent engaging in activities of questionable decency. Our parents were more than tolerant of the goings-on upstairs, all of which were necessary to our success this Summer. And they even let us drink beer! Thanks, Mom(s).
deli: Is there a piece of equipment we couldn’t live without? Why?
Bear In You: Phil’s Macbook Pro. Sweet, sweet Jesus, Phil’s computer. ‘Nuff said.
deli: Why do you read the Deli?
Bear In You: Who isn’t always looking for good new music? Considering how many bands are putting out damn tasty originals from their garages, apartments, etc, the Deli is probably the best place to find eargasmic tunes that you couldn’t find with ease if it weren’t for this site.