Helling Yeah!

This Friday we are playing a really special show with our brothers from another mother, the Kyle Sowashes and Winter Makes Sailors. The show is called Helling Yeah and it will be a celebration of our buddy Brett Helling. All proceeds will be donated to the American Federation of Suicide Prevention. There are limited tickets available. If you would like to attend, please acquire your tickets now.

Mark your calendars for Doubt and Distortion

Hey, everyone.

LP test pressings are being reviewed this weekend (180 gram vinyl, pressed in CLEVELAND). And we already have CDs. It’s finally really happening. Our second album of 10 righteous melodies will be in your dirty hands this November.

Release shows are scheduled in Newport, KY (Cincy), Indianapolis and Columbus. More news to come!

The Other Paper kinda nails it: Album of the summer?

We *shouldn’t* get too excited after a nice review, or two bummed after a bad one. We should do what we do for ourselves. But sometimes a positive review makes your midsection tremble with vindication and satisfaction; as such, for crying out loud, Rick Allen nailed this review. It’s almost like he was privy to our first band emails when we decided to start Bi Bear. Because what he says in the review is everything I wanted us to sound like.

I like this part the best:

Come celebrate with us Friday!

Lost Summers on iTunes; Clint Reno Limited Edition Style

Heya!  The record is now available on iTunes and CD Baby.

At Friday’s show, we’ll be selling limited edition physical copies of the album that will be housed in a hand numbered and silk screened package, designed by our great friend and amazing illustrator Clint Reno.

Hand screened posters will also be on Sale at Friday’s show.

You can check out all of Reno’s stuff here.

See ya Friday?!

LOST SUMMERS drops June 10

Sweet son of a bitch.  Mark your firehouse dalmatians desktop calender, we’re releasing this epic monster on June 10 at Kobo.  And by epic, we mean not-epic-at-all.  It’s nine tracks.  23 minutes of straight forward, pop goodness.  

Bicentennial Bear – Lost Summers
  1. Year of our Ladybirds
  2. Warpspeed
  3. Black Quarterbacks
  4. Makeshifting
  5. Fifty Percent Done
  6. Cardinal Codes
  7. Built for Futures
  8. Off to Work
  9. Wave of Lost Summers
Tracks 2, 3, 4 & 9 were engineered and mixed by Todd Tobias at Waterloo Studios

Tracks 1, 6, 7 & 8 were engineered and mixed by Jon Chinn and Max Lewis at Central City Recording

Track 5 was engineered by Bicentennial Bear and mixed by Sean Sefcik in various basements and work lofts

Mastered by Chris Keffer at Magnetic North Studio

Artwork by Clinton Reno

All songs written and arranged by Bicentennial Bear © 2011 Billy Peake, ASCAP

Adam Dowell: Bass, Percussion
Scott Haynes: Drums, Glockenspiel

Billy Peake: Guitar, Vocals
Sean Sefcik: Guitar
Leah Wahlin: Viola, Vocals

It’s My Waterloo

We are heading to Cleveland tomorrow to record the second half of our June release with Mr. Todd Tobias of GBV/Robert Pollard production fame.  My alarm is set for 6:15 AM.  It’s 2:30 AM. What is wrong with me?

I should be preparing for tomorrow, but instead I’ve been re-searching Trevor’s breed possibilities (for a second I thought he might have a little Samoyed in him, but he’s most likely a Golden Retriever/Chow mix).  Did I mention that I research this every six months and conclude the same?

No matter how much I do or don’t prepare, I’ma rewrite half of my guitar and vocal lines about 15 minutes before I track.  Well, probably not.  But after a long week of work, working out and fending off a sideways flu, I don’t have any good ideas left.  So here I am, puking out nonsense for no one.  Anyhow, yeah, Todd Tobias at Waterloo studio.  This should be a golden time.