Bear Away are a melodic punk rock band from Scarborough, UK. Having formed in early 2019, four good friends and musicians from Yorkshire hardcore bands decided to make the music they all loved. With influences taken from Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music, through to Menzingers and Iron Chic, they use these styles and add to them, creating their own catchy and powerful brand of melodic punk rock.
In July 2019 they released their first EP ‘Never in the same place’ on CD, cassette and digital through Disillusioned Records and Engineer Records. This has been received very well, with positive feedback from people throughout the music scene, including the review from Razorcake magazine; “Strong and interesting twin guitar work plus a really good vocal performance go a long way to making Bear Away a band to keep an eye on".
Their second release was in the summer of 2020 in the form of a 7". The two brand new songs were an overwhelming success, gaining plenty of positive feedback. Both Old Friends and East Coast were accompanied with music videos.
The band are hard at work recording more music to be released in 2021 and will be back playing live ASAP!
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Bear Away is:
Jacob – Guitar, Vocals, Dom – Guitar, Vocals, Lewis – Bass and James – Drums, Vocals.
From what I can glean, this is a debut release for a band whose members have previously done time in Failsafe For Tomorrow, Transatlantic Airwaves, plus a bunch of others. If you have a hankering for another band that gives off Iron Chic and Hot Water Music musical vibes then dive right into this. It’s a pretty strong start for a band to even nail down one really noticeable song, but Bear Away manages to pull two out of the bag with “Parts and Labour” and “Growing Up.” The other two tracks have their moments too but just lack the same impact. Strong and interesting twin guitar work plus a really good vocal performance go a long way in making Bear Away a band to keep an eye on. –Rich Cocksedge.
Apathy and Exhaustion :
Having all played in different local bands around the Scarborough & Bridlington area over the last 10-12 years, Bear Away have finally found the music they all want to play. Their influences range from Bouncing Souls, Hot Water Music, Bear Trade to Minor Threat & Black Flag as well as countless others. They have just finished off their debut e.p ‘Never in the same place’ that’s due out digitally on 14th June 2019 and physically on tape cassette on 21st June.
acob has kindly given us a blow by blow run through of the stories and ideas behind the music, so hit play on the bandcamp player below and have a read…
Parts and labour: Relating to my youth and how me and my best friend took on life, never taking anything serious and just living the dream, we were poor and lost but always managed to have the best time ideally with a drink in our hands, running out of fuel in the middle of the night, but there was no panic just put some music on and wait it out till the next adventure comes along, not a worry in sight.
Is there any god up there: Everything is going to shit and you can’t figure out how to overcome it, I realised if you’re not alone then life becomes that little bit easier. It’s about reflecting on what you’ve become, taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, you could believe in anything as long as it has a positive effect on your life then you will continue to do great things.
Growing up: So now I’m in my early 30’s I guess a little bit of panic sets in, I haven’t bought a house or a new car yet, but am I supposed to? Will it make a difference? Does it even matter? The choices I’ve made possibly got me to the point where I struggle to pay my bills, and work the long hours for not much to show, but that’s truly not why we were put on this planet to pay someone else to survive? If you my kids and my wife are happy to me that is all that matters I can sort all the grown up shit another time, keep the people you love close and don’t worry about anyone else who probably isn’t bothered about you. The outro to the song is a question to myself, and maybe realising things don’t always go to plan, and the chorus is a reminder not to grow up to fast, you’re only on this tiny planet
I guess a song about coming to terms with my mental state. Realising you’re not always in control of your emotions, going over a situation and realising you could of done it better, could of been the simplest thing that tipped you over the edge but you carry on overthinking and losing yourself to it. The chorus is relating to me, almost talking about how I never felt complete to myself.