Introducing Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear might be a relatively unknown band in this country but it's fair to say that they have come to a lot of people's attention in recent weeks; the Aussie four-piece have just completed a tour supporting Laura Marling and, going by the comments on the band's MySpace, they blew the crowd away every night.

The band has been compared to the likes of Fleet Foxes and The Shins but fans of Mumford & Sons would also take the gentle folk rock sounds of Boy & Bear to their hearts. So far, they have only released two singles in the form of 'Mexican Mavis', which you can grab a free download of from their MySpace, and 'The Storm' but the signs are promising that their debut album could be something special.

Killian Gavin, Boy & Bear's bassist, took time out of their tour with Laura Marling to give us an insight into what makes the Aussie folk rockers tick.


What's your earliest musical memory?
Probably the day my dad gave me my first cassette – The Beatles' Help! – which I listened to religiously. Otherwise my earliest thought would have to be making a guitar out of a 30cm ruler and 6 rubber bands so I could strum along to Nirvana’s Nevermind record.

If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
John Lennon, Murry Hammond, Cat Stevens, Neil Young and Bon Iver.

You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
Probably Bon Iver crossed with something more upbeat like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles
I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m On My WayMurry Hammond
Cold RosesRyan Adams

Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
Probably have to be the first ever gig I remember going to which was with my dad seeing John Fogerty when I was really young and these two crazy English men who sat in the row in front of us were really drunk yelling out all kinds of weird stuff for a 10 year old to hear. I had been devastated that when Paul McCartney came out prior to John Fogerty my Dad did not let me come as I was too young, so this concert really had a big impact on me.

What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
Probably have to say Fleet Foxes at the Metro right now as they were just mind-blowing; captivated you with every note they sung or played.

If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
Possibly ‘The OC’ soundtrack…thanks to my girlfriend.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully somewhere different to right now, but further along the same road if you get me.

How has it been supporting Laura Marling on tour?
Amazing – this is our second tour with Laura, so its great to be able to have a bit more of a friendship with the artist you're on tour with, rather than passing each other by in the hallway if you know what I mean. Laura is possibly the most mature song writer I have ever met in person and, to top it off, is just a lovely person to be spending your time with. We are actually travelling in her tour bus with her and the crew so it’s been an amazing tour so far.

What's next for Boy & Bear?
We got to finish off all the touring which we have been booked in to do, then hopefully we can begin work on our debut full length record. The goal is to have something for early 2011 so I am pretty excited with the idea of beginning to work on that.

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