Boy & Bear On Never Taking A Break: "Don’t expect fans to be there when you come back"
Boy & Bear, the number one Aria Award-winning band our country has come to know and love need no introduction…
But I’ll give them one anyway! They have been successful for the good part of four years now since their first release ‘Moonfire,’ and it’s been a wild ride of Australian folk glory ever since!
The boys from Sydney are back with a new album and it’s just as good as you would expect. It brings back memories of their first releases and with such a unique sound; you really would be disappointed if they changed it!
#SPOILER: The good news is they didn’t change it, and the new album is oozing with familiarity.
We were lucky enough to be able to catch up with Tim Hart (drums) to discuss touring, Thai food, and the process of the new album.
Your big World Tour is coming up!
Yeah we’ve got the Europe and States tour first, which we are off on in a couple of weeks and then back here to Australia for our national tour. Should be great.
You guys have taken a long journey, quite literally, but I’ve noticed you’ve at least stuck to your roots in the new album, were you going for that?
I think the biggest thing for us is about our influences. The music we were listening to was crucial: whole albums; Neil Young, Crosby Stills and Nash, Beatles, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The common bond between all of them is that they are super authentic and they feel real, like human beings playing live in the room. That’s what we were really going for. I think it was in that sense we were sticking to our roots, but also writing songs that we want to play live and enjoy playing live. Songs that would say something.
Making music, working hard, and being recognised for it must be a great feeling? And extremely humbling?
Yeah man you have nailed it, there are thousands and thousands and thousands of bands across the world who work hard and make great music and may never get recognised. And we have been so fortunate and you are dead right it is so humbling, because when it comes down to it, we are just five Aussie blokes. We are so thankful to our fans and the people behind us.
People always ask why we never stop touring, we never take time off…it’s because we’ve been given the opportunity to do this and it’s not something you should take for granted. Even taking two years off to “find yourself,” that’s fine, but don’t expect fans to be there when you come back because people will work hard in that time who want it more than you.
So when your head space isn’t right, that is the crucial time to push on and smooth out the projects you started?
That time where you are struggling as a creative, that’s where the 1% stuff happens…You use that time of being uninspired to go look at your songs, where are the lyrics at, the structure is everything right. Make the chorus slightly better, it’s the time you can do all the shitty stuff you don’t want to do. You like to think it gets done in one glorious take, but its lots of hard work.
So what’s your favourite song on the album and why?
The one that brings back the best memories is a track called, ‘Just Dumb’, it’s the second last track on the album, and our producer Ethan Johns he plays drums, and I play drums too, and we did the whole thing live obviously. I’ve always loved his drum sound and really aspired to drum like him. So playing alongside him was kind of like playing rugby with [David] Campese. It was special, so that song for me is probably my favourite.
Where are you most looking forward to play?
Melbourne is always really amazing for us. Sydney is amazing it’s our home town and it’s different you have a lot of family and friends and there, and we also love playing over in Western Australia. Fremantle has always been amazing, and we are doing the amphitheater in Perth, which will be awesome
Boy and Bear embark on their tour in January 2016. Tickets available here.
- Jack Cain