Ed and Chris Bear spin some of their favorite jams & chat with about touring and awkward sexual song confrontations with parents with Zan Rowe on Triple J Mornings.
Zan: Did anything like that ever happen when you were a little kid, Chris, when you were confronted with sexuality and rock & roll music infront of your parents? Chris: I don’t know… not as overtly as this… I was more of like a Huey Lewis and the News kind of bro. Ed: Hey, he’s a sexy guy.
Do you think it would potentially be in your interests to do a hip hop collaboration?
I think it could be really fun. It would have to depend on what the song was and who the artist was and whether it worked, I wouldn’t want to do it just for the sake of doing it just because it’s newsworthy. I’d only want to do it if it musically made sense and was cool. I’m a huge fan of hip hop and R&B so there are many artists, including Jay-Z, who I think it would be fun to do something with, but I wouldn’t want it to be some sort of corny collaboration for the sake of doing a collaboration, just to get people being like “ooh, that’s weird”.
These songs are from 2003-2006 – what prompted their release now?
We had a contractual obligation to this label, and in order to release In Ear Park with 4AD we had to broker a deal. We would probably have faced a lawsuit if we didn’t let them put it out, but it’s not an unhappy story, if people enjoy it in some form.
What’s next – new Department of Eagles material or a new Grizzly Bear album?
[…]I’ve been working by myself a lot, which could be a solo record, Grizzly Bear tracks or a new Department of Eagles record. Right now, Grizzly Bear is in post-record limbo, but I’m itching to play new songs live.
“I was brought up in a really musical household. There was a piano, my grandfather was a professor of music at Harvard, and my mother was a music teacher for little kids. She played the flute, my grandfather played the piano, and my aunt was a cellist… So there were tones of music around me. And I was the bastard with my guitar!”