So here it is, Reggie, the news you’ve been waiting for: your furry friend has started recording a proper album.
Last Saturday, whilst exhausted and somewhat hungover from the previous night’s show, we entered Central City Studio with Jon Chinn. In a short day’s work, we managed to track everything for 5 songs, sans vocals. Leah and I will be heading back in early March to lay down some words and melodies and shit.
As we await the major label bidding war to erupt (we figure we’ll either sign with Casablanca or CBS), we still plan on playing some shows in town. We figure that it’s pointless to start touring before the suits buy us an RV from Tom Raper in Richmond, Indiana. And holy crapoli do we have a doozy of a show lined up on March 6: EVIL QUEENZ OMGOMGOMG. TWEET IT TO THE INTERNETZ AND BEYOND.
Yep. The Queens are back and have invited us and Josh Kayser and The Razors to join them. We play FIRST. 10:30-ish. This might be the last time you see us in such a small setting as there are serious talks for us to tour with Foghat this summer. EAT IT.
Your friends in Bicentennial Bear are playing at the Treehouse on Saturdee. Come shake off the holiday rust with a healthy scoop of loud.
If you haven’t seen the Bear with Leah Wahlin, our new viola player and singer, you’re missing out. Friends have labeled the addition of Leah as “the musical equivalent of when people started adding Jolly Ranchers to their Zima.” Originally, Bicentennial Bear was crisp, clear and refreshing. Now they are even sweeter, and bad for your teeth as well.
We’re also playing with the furry dudes in SPD GVNR. They play the rock like they keep their beards: unruly. This is their first show since Justin had Tommy John surgery, and since the band recorded an EP with Steve Albini. If you don’t know who Tommy John and Steve Albini are, it’s time you put down the Zima and jump on Netscape.
Finally, Chris Bair has a new project called Bronson Bunny Deathwish. No, I didn’t make that name up. It’s kinda goofy, right? But what isn’t goofy is how monstrous their sound is. They are a three piece rock machine, channeling Dinosaur Jr and a little bit of Bair’s other band, Silo The Huskie. It’s really good stuff.
Paste the concise details into your palm pilot:
Saturday, Jan 9 at the Treehouse
BRONSON BUNNY DEATHWISH
Music at 10:30
ZOMETHING AT THIS SHOW WILL MAKE YOUR LOINS TINGLE
I just got home from a great practice with the Bi Bears. So I felt inspired to write a note of thanks to everyone who came to shows or showed some interest in our new project in 2009. Things moved a little bit slower than we anticipated during the second half of the year. But over the last few weeks, we’ve really turned the corner and we’re starting to write some solid stuff. I can’t wait for 2010.
Be careful on the icy streets and have a safe and warm holiday. See you at the Treehouse on January 9.
Friends of the Bear,
We’ve been slacking on the updates. Sorry. We’ve been busy in Ray Ray’s Mystery Garage, working on our stage moves and breaking in our new viola player.
Actually, the viola part is true. Come welcome our friend Leah to the band. It’s her first show with us, and our last show of the decade. Let’s send the motherf*cking aughts out with a bang. Right? Bloody well right.
Friday, November 20
Ravari Room, Columbus
with EARWIG & THE SAFES (Chicago)
Earwig will probably be playing songs from their almost finished, new record. You know the hooks will be sweeter than Swedish Fish.
The Safes are a power pop band from Chicago
ran by three dudes with O’Malley on the back of their jerseys. Ravari better stock up on the Jameson. Here’s what Bitchfork had to say about The Safes: “They do nothing you haven’t heard before, and they do it better than most.” Rock and Roll.
Bicentennial Bear plays first at 10:30-ish: hookier and louder than you remember.
– billy, sean, scott, adam & leah
Long time, no talky. That’s our bad.
We had a fantastic practice last night, so I felt inspired to check in and post some golden news.
We have a new band member. Her name is Leah Wahlin and she’s a fantastic viola player and singer that Sean and I also happen to work with. We’ve only had 8 or 9 practices with her, but it sounds quite fantastic.
We’re re-vamping some old songs and writing a bunch of new ones, with plans to start booking shows and recording sessions in early ’10.
That’s all I got.
Our only proper show of the summer: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at The Summit with Jon Chinn + 1803 and Ghost Shirt.
You’d be a real ding dong to miss this one. Seriously.
Due to a family emergency, the band isn’t playing Volatility today.
However, at 2:00 PM, I am gonna play a solo set of Bi Bear songs, maybe some older stuff and possibly a Whitesnake cover. That’s right, the snake.
Regardless of my ridiculousness, try to make it down to the show to catch some of the other amazing bands and support Madlab.
Spring has sprung its little yellow wiener of hope on our fair, midwestern burg. Come celebrate with some rock and cheap libations. Early style. Happy Hour is here.
Friday, April 17 – EARLY SHOW
Doors at 6 PM.
Bush League All Stars at 7 PM sharp.
Bicentennial Bear at 8 PM sharp.
2507 Summit St
This is our last scheduled show of the near future. We plan to lock ourselves up for a bit to start writing another batch of songs and to also start recording. So come say “hey.”
Dear Spring Tulip,
Come to the Treehouse on Saturday night, March 28. We have a fantastic show lined-up for your absolute A/V pleasure.
SPD GVNR (10:30)
Brand new project from Justin Hemminger (Treysuno, The Kyle Sowashes). Monstrous 3-piece. RIYL the 90’s, DC-style.
East Coast Hot Shots. Come see if the hype is warranted.
Adam, Billy, Scott & Sean
_Thanks to those of you that made it out to our debut show last week. Thanks to the Moving Parts for letting us sweat out the rock. The Treehouse is our truest love.
_We have a hot-freak rockfest scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at Ravari: Bi Bear, Bookmobile and The Bygones. We play early at 10:30 SHARRRRRRP. So come grab some pizza pie next door, sit your two-timing self down with your two lovers (gin & tonic) and make a night of it. Oh yeah, bring earplugs. SRSLY.
_We are still plugging away at refining the existing songs and plan to plug in another newby for next Saturday. Hopefully some recording time will be scheduled soon, as well. Oh yes, this is all very exciting.”