Today we meet , Bearcats. This all came about from talking about Mr Airplane Man online. Bearcats commented on a post and I gave them a listen and you’re about to discover one of the coolest new bands to me of 2017. It has this cool surf vibe that gets all bass fuzzed out garage a second later. Love the honesty of the lyrics , Bearcats should be on your playlist as you get ready to head back to the beach , they just made mine a few times. Love this!
Meet – Bearcats
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
Lisa: Lexi and I met because I had joined a band that she was already playing drums in, and we clicked right away. When things started to fall apart with that project we decided to start jamming to see if a two piece would work at all. We tried different effects, to see just how much we were able to fill that space, our sound really came out of experimenting with different sounds and vocal styles. It worked and our sound just evolved from there.
Who would you list as your musical influence?
Lisa: Mr Airplane Man was a huge influence on or sound and the idea to do a two piece project. You really can’t tell from their recordings that they are a two piece band it’s a huge sound and we really wanted to something equally big. As far as the vocal sound I would say the Breeders have a huge influence, it took some time to get the vocal sound exactly right and to nail down those harmonies.
Lexi: Definitely the Breeders, also Vivian Girls, The 5,6,7,8’s, Plumtree, Bass Drum of Death, Colleen Green and Bikini Kill.
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
Lisa: Mr. Airplane Man just hit us up to open for them in SF so that was very exciting, on the same day we got booked to open for Joyce Manor who is Lexi’s all time favorite band.
Lexi: Yeah definitely getting to open for Joyce Manor is pretty surreal, I’m kind of freaking out about it. Lisa and I used to be roommates and when they announced they were releasing a their album “Cody” this year I screamed and Lisa from the other room was like “what did Joyce Manor do this time??” We also got to open for Dressy Bessy and that was one of my favorite shows ever. I was really nervous to talk to Tammy, the singer, but as soon as we got there she ran up to me and Lisa and gave us huge hugs and was so so so nice to us. We also met two bay area bands that night, Horrible Adorable and The Total Betty’s, and they were both amazing and the nicest people ever.
For the kids in bands…what kind of gear do you use playing gigs
Lisa: Our setup is pretty minimal, I play an 90’s Greco bass, sometimes it’s a Schecter Custom Stiletto, and play through an Ampeg 2×15 combo.It has a “scrambler” setting that created a tube amp sound even though the combo is so small it’s perfect for Bearcats sound!I I also use a Deluxe Big Muff from Electro Harmonix to create a heavier dynamic sound.
Lexi: I have a Slingerland drumset from the 70’s, and I love it so much. It’s not the “prettiest” drumset and I’ve had people comment on that but I never wanna own a different one because it’s perfect.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Lisa: The Julie Ruin’s Run Fast record really got me inspired, I also LOVE Skating Polly’s record The Big Fit was amazing and such a new approach to punk rock, we played with them at a local event in San Luis Obispo called Ladyfest and they were mesmerising live.
Lexi: I’d say La Luz’s “Weirdo Shrine” and “It’s Alive”, Sleater Kinney’s “No Cities to Love” , Lisa Prank’s “Adult Teen”, PWR BTTM’s “Ugly Cherries” and Joyce Manor’s “Never Hungover Again” and “Cody” and so many more!!!!
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Lisa: I think its an amzing tool. It really does help us to reach so many people that we would never be able to otherwise.
Lexi: I also think it’s useful, I’ve heard of some of my now favorite bands through social media and it’s also a way for us to connect with people and other artists whenever or however we want.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
Lisa: We do take it all in most of the time, I would say we like to hear what people honestly think of our sound. If we get any negative attention we just write about it and try our best to turn it into a positive.
Lexi: Most of the feedback we get is in person. It means a lot when someone goes out of their way to tell us what they think in a constructive way, and that was really helpful when we were first developing our sound. But it also seems like every couple of shows there’s some dude who straight up tells us we need a guitar or tells me I need to do more drum fills or some bullshit like that and we just block that out haha.
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
Lisa: We’d love to visit the east coast, eventually, also we’d love to go to Europe, Australia and the UK! One of our labels is based in Durham in the UK so we’re planning to hit it there next year.
Lexi: Yeah the UK is like the dreeeeam! Also touring from here to the east coast is a goal too. I haven’t been outside of California much so really anywhere!
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Lisa: God gave rock n roll to everyone.
Lexi: In the least religious sense possible, yes.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Lisa: Start a band today.
Lexi: Especially if you’re not a straight white guy.