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7 Questions for Bear in Heaven

Filed Under: 7 Questions, Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Wednesday June 23, 2010

Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth MouthBear in Heaven will be performing at the Monkey House in Winooski this Friday night, June 25. I’m pissed that I have to miss it for a prior engagement, and I highly recommend you check it out if you’re in the area. These Brooklyn rockers are said to put on one hell of a show.

Bear in Heaven frontman Jon Philpot was kind enough to answer seven questions for me, posted below for your reading enjoyment. Also, if you’re ever bored, check out some of the videos Bear in Heaven have posted on their blog. I’m not normally one to watch random web videos, but I found these to be really entertaining.

BB: Besides the bands you’ve been touring with, what have you been listening to lately?

JP: Gene Clark – White Light, Sibylle Baier – Clour Green, Vangelis – Earth

BB: There’s a lot of social networking “ghost writing” going on for bands these days, but it seems like you guys are actually using Facebook and Twitter yourselves to connect with your fans. Does that connection further your experience as a band, or are you doing it purely for our sake?

JP: It’d be weird for someone else to do our writing… they wouldn’t know what we’re doing/feeling. Only we do. Plus, it’s pretty fun to say something and have a bunch of people read it. Jokes! Good and bad.

BB: The energy created at a show is a two way street, with the band and the audience feeding off each other. Do you ever find it difficult to come up with the necessary intensity night after night?

JP: Our energy level doesn’t pose too many problems. There have been a few shows where we had intense amounts of travel before a show. But, really, if we can’t be semi-alert for 50-60 mins of a show then we have a problem… It’s totally true that we feed off the audience. But, we’re somewhere in between a party band and a space out band. I don’t fault people for not freaking out and just staring at us. Tho, I do enjoy when people lose there minds and go for it.

BB: Do you ever wish you could be in the audience at a Bear in Heaven show?

JP: No, I’d be too critical.

BB: Receiving Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” for Beast Rest Forth Mouth is a pretty big deal. Has that created any pressure on you, or was it all pretty much profit?

JP: It opened doors for us. There is additional pressure, but it’s pressure to be better. That’s not a bad thing.

BB: Is there any one show that stands out as the best from the past few months of touring?

JP: We had a great time in St Paul. Played the Turf Club when we were touring with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Freelance Whales. There wasn’t a ton of people there… but damn… the people that were there were incredible! Now the competition is on when we go back on tour this summer. Who’s gonna win? St Paul? Pitchfork Festival? Fargo?!

BB: How many of you are currently sporting the straight ‘stache? Any plans to go full ‘stache as a band?

JP: So far just two of us. No plans just yet. If we planned it, it would suck out all the stachexcitement.

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