Q&A Scene: Boy and Bear

Tell us about your new album?

Our new album, Limit of Love came out late last year, and we’re currently touring it around Australia, which is cool because it’s about 18 months since we last played here. We then head straight over to the UK and across into continental Europe. It’ll be cold, but beautiful no doubt haha.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

I think we’re like pho..I’m probably just saying that because I think it’s become the favourite road meal. It’s healthy and relatively light and you always feel good afterwards..and it’s cheap. Hmm, not sure that all those things apply to our music…

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

I think Showdown does on the new record, because it’s sort of dark and brooding and gives me shivers a little bit. I don’t know, it just does that thing where you sort of feel a song in your gut. I also like Lordy May from our first record, the chord changes are beautiful and we’ve been playing it for nearly 6 years and it doesn’t feel tired.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

We were playing a show in Manchester, where the band Elbow are from. (We’d supported them on some shows in NZ and kept in touch with some of the guys). When we went on stage, the venue presented us a bottle of whisky that had been delivered courtesy of Elbow, as they couldn’t come to the show. We passed it around the crowd and everyone shared it. It was a pretty wicked, and unhygienic, moment.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I like looking at art, listening to music and being outdoors. When we’re touring I often find the art museum in a city and wander the streets with a camera. And sitting listening to vinyl, or even just on my computer with good headphones is such an all encompassing experience. The older I get, the more I listen to whole albums, so I enjoy the way vinyl forces you to listen to every song and ponder why an artist chose to leave it on the record.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Probably Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel. It’s lyrics are burned into my childhood consciousness and the longer I’ve listened to it, the more I’ve been amazed by the beauty of the chord voicing. And it’s, in my opinion, one of the great vocal takes from a time when you had to just sing it right, you couldn’t fix it in post.
What’s next for you?

More shows, more shows and when that’s done hopefully another record.

What’s your scene?

Vinyl records, red wine, history documentaries, the right amount of coffee and good books.

About Boy and Bear

A week out from kicking off their national Limit Of Love album tour, Boy & Bear today released the new video clip for their latest single – the title track of their acclaimed, number one debuting third studio album, Limit of Love.

With an instant hook and those signature Dave Hosking vocals, the memorable single was recorded live-to-tape in the inspirational surroundings of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio with esteemed producer Ethan Johns at the helm (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs). Offering some insight into the song’s meaning, lead vocalist Dave Hosking says, “I’ve seen lots of friends lose themselves while searching for love. We all need to be loved and when people don’t get their fix, it can drive them to do strange things. We liked the idea of looking at love as a drug, something more sinister, something we quite powerfully depend on.”

After being nominated for a J award for their last video, Walk The Wire, Boy & Bear took the job for the Limit Of Love video back to the same team responsible for the win, Oh Yeah Wow (Goyte, The Paper Kites, Hermitude). Directed by Andrew Goldsmith and Lucy Hayes, Hosking explains, “We really love the Oh Yeah Wow guys. This is our third time working with them and they never disappoint. This time it’s elegant, beautiful and hypnotic.”

“We’ll be starting our first tour back home in Oz this week,” enthuses guitarist Killian Gavin, “we’re looking forward to seeing you guys again soon, it’s been a long time since our last tour in Australia, and there’s nothing like playing at home.”

The national Limit Of Love tour will kick off this Friday January 22 at the Odean Theatre in Tasmania, moving through to Festival Hall (Melb) on Jan 23, Thebarton Theatre (Ade) on Jan 29, Red Hill Auditorium (Perth) on Jan 30, Hordern Pavilion (Syd) on Feb 12 and finishing up at Riverstage (Bris) on February 13.

Tickets to the national album tour are on sale now at www.boyandbear.com

BOY & BEAR – LIMIT OF LOVE TOUR

Art of Sleeping and Montaigne. presented by triple j

FRI 22 JAN | ODEON THEATRE, HOBART TAS

SAT 23 JAN | FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE VIC

FRI 29 JAN | THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA

SAT 30 JAN | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH WA

FRI 12 FEB | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY NSW

SAT 13 FEB | RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE QLD

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