Here is an interview with Kris from Yeah Bears and Hira Hira for the Ausgrind blog on the announcement that Yeah Bears are no more. This Sydney pop thrash band has been kicking around Australia for quite a while now and they will leave quite the hole in the Sydney scene, it will be sad to see them go. Be sure to catch their last show as Cosmos!
Can you tell us a little bit about the members?
Ben and I started the band around 2006 and it took us about a year before we solidified a line up. We got Dane onboard as he was one of the few drummers we knew and were pleasantly surprised when we saw he actually had chops. We knew Ham from Call the Medic, Call the Nurse!! and figured he'd be able to fill out the sound with some bass and because we didn't want to sound like The Bronx we got Rivals on keys who we had heard playing under his solo moniker Question? Ben does a lot of design has had some cartoons on the ABC and it's quite popular on the internet. Dane works an IT helpdesk and likes rum and hockey, Ham is now a junior executive at a Transport company and plays bass in another band. Rivals is a school teacher at a behavioural and disability school in Mortdale and I work in Admin for a superannuation company and also play in Hira Hira.
So on the conclusion of your life in Yeah Bears, is there something you regret?
I think the only thing I regret is not touring or recording more, this was probably what I liked most about this band. I found getting out of our hometown playing and bonding was what I enjoyed the most, so considering we only did about 4 or 5 short tours in our 2 or so years as a band, I definitely regret not doing bigger/longer tours.
Something about your band you would change?
I'd probably changed the name, to Le Yeah Bears.
Why did you break up?
I think we all started to take on new responsibilities and priorities, we all said once we stopped having fun it would be over.... We recently decided that we conclude the band on terms where we can all still be friends and look back at the band fondly.
What was your favorite gig?
My favourite gig would have been on our first tour to Melbourne. On the first night we had to send Rivals home because of a dire family emergency and then on the second night we had to rush Ben to hospital after skinning his middle finger in a bathroom accident at the Espy. The remaining three of us were a bit out of sorts and didn't know if we where gonna be able to play this house show in Moonee Ponds, we turn up and still we're not sure.... Then I get a call from Ben saying "Hey, ugh... man, where's this house show? I told the nurse I had to have lunch with my parents and they'd be pissed if I didn't show up" about 40 minutes later he turns up with his hand in bandages and his bloody shirt from the night before and he's extremely high on Morphine. We plugged in and played, it was such a relief to be able to play and we played accordingly, so much energy and emotion coming out of those instruments.... (sorry Rivals, we did have dozens of good shows with you, this was just the most memorable)
Would you rather have no arms or no legs and why?
I'd rather have no arms and develop a new style of drumming which would make Rick Allen from Def Leppard look like a chump.
What are your favorite heavy Australian bands at the moment?
I've always loved Hospital the Musical for their technicality and great live shows, Craterface for their great party tunes and their crossover thrash/punk sound. Agents of Abhorrence for their utter annihilation of everything in front of them, their abrasive and massive wall of sound is something to cower before.
If you have any advice for someone out there who wants to start a thrash/spazz/electronic band what would it be?
buy a laptop and download Logic, become an MC for a shitty electro band and tour the world till your head disappears up your ass.
If you could start a cover band what would it be called and who would you cover?
I've tried to start a covers band called "Mouth Jazz" a couple of times, to no avail. we'd just mimic all the instruments with out mouth's and play residencies at the Brass Monkey and the Vanguard.
Any more comments?
Shameless Plug? Yeah Bears final show at Cosmo's Rock Lounge in Marrickville October 17 @ 7pm. Come along, IT'S FREE! There will also be cheap merch/cds and a few surprise acts as well.
COERCE 'Silver Tongued Life Licker'
National tour for June. Throughout the record you will hear guest vocal appearances from Atom Simpson (A Death In The Family) Brett O'Riley (Black Level Embassy), Brett Davis (Love Like Electrocution), Izzy Rayson (Robotosaurus), Carla Lippis (Solo performer/amazer) and a guest guitar feature by Alex Fimeri (Robotosaurus).
Launch Tour June 09
Fri June 5 - Pony, Melbourne w/Green Green Green
Sat June 6 - Dirty Shirlows, Sydney w/hira hira, nhomea, snake face
Sun June 7 - w/Yeah Bears, Black Jaw
June 12 - Ed Castle, Adelaide
June 17 - The Foundry, Perth
June 18 - Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
June 19 - Swan Basement, Fremantle
June 20 - The Hydey, Perth
The_Network are Robotosaurus are hitting Sydney tonight and tomorrow night.
Tonight the furious almost-grind outfits hit up Dirty Shirlows warehouse fir an ALL AGES show. Dirty Shirlows can be found at 32 Shirlow Street in Marrickville. They are joined by the awesome Wollongong math/hardcore/grind outfit Hospital the Musical and synth post-punkers Yeah Bears.
Tomorrow night they hit up Hermann's Bar at Sydney University for the real business alongside grinders Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and the heavily Locust-influenced Schrodinger's Cat.
I believe entry for both is $12.
Truth From Facts played last night at La Campana and here are the rest of their dates whilst in Sydney.
The dates are:
Wednesday December 17
Final Club Consolador @ La Campana 53-55 Liverpool St
w/ Hira Hira, Yr Intestines, Grand fatal, Blacklevel Embassy
Friday December 19
Dirty Shirlows warehouse fundraiser
w/ The Vultures, Bare Arms, They Kill And Eat People, Divorcée
Saturday December 20
Yeah Bears / Psyus split launch @ The Lansdowne
w/ Yeah Bears, Psyus, Between the Devil and the Deep, Pockets
Sunday December 21
Vegan BBQ house show, Stanmore
w/ Hira Hira, Divorcée
With Code Of Lies holding their hand
The Sharks, They Bite! are doing a small run of shows up the east coast of Australia with Code Of Lies being on of their major supports. They have a more punk rock feel than some of their supports but they should be awesome live.
All the shows are a top mix of styles with punk, noise, electro, metal, grind and rock.
06/11/08 - Bar 32 Canberra with: Code Of Lies, Condorcet + Psyus
07/11/08 - Louie's Marrickville with: Code Of Lies, Hira Hira, Little A + They Kill And Eat People
08/11/08 - Music Farmers Wollongong with: Code Of Lies + Simo Soo
09/11/08 - The Sandringham Hotel Newtown with: Yeah Bears + Dead, Wasted
Tired of the same old boring fucking indie bands sitting around and playing the same old passionless, monotonous music while gazing at their shoes? Well tonight for $5 you can check out 5 energetic and chaotic grindcore and hardcore acts at The Sandringham Hotel!
We start with promising young grinders Code of Lies (or 'Codeo Flies' as they like to be called) trekking all the way down from Orange opening up the show. Code of Lies have their debut MCD 'The Age of Disgrace' coming out shortly on Grindhead Records. Last time I saw these guys was when Kill A Celebrity headed out their way to play a house party where they picked up a 2nd guitarist - and man was I impressed.
Code of Lies remind me of Beyond Terror Beyond Grace in that they're prepared to work their fucking asses off rehearsing, and the improvement since their first Sydney show at East West Death Grind Fest in 2007 is remarkable. They fuse elements of Cephalic Carnage, Between the Buried and Me, Pig Destroyer, The Haunted and Nasum - I will be watching these kids very intently tonight.
Next we have my lovable band Kill A Celebrity. This is the last show we have booked until November as our drummer heads over to Rio (the asshole). We're back to being a three-piece again, and we have a bit of a suprise for people on the night. Sensual Kill A Celebrity t-shirts will be available for $20 a pop. Maybe cheaper if I dont hate you.
Then comes Psyus hailing from Canberra. I'm really keen to see how this intense group translates live; they sound like a mix of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust and Pig Destroyer - very technical and very chaotic. Next up, locals Yeah Bears take the stage to flaunt their brand of quirky Daughters-influenced thrashing punk.
Last and certainly not least, we have Newcastle's Rather Be Dead, complete with new guitarist. These guys defintely bring the likes of The Rivalry, 4 Dead and Converge to mind both in terms of their monsterous live sound, their brand of violent metallic hardcore and their crazy on-stage (and off-stage) antics. The guys will be launching their new EP on the night. I know I'm excited; the newer stuff I've heard sounds awesome.
So, I guess you can either check out some retro 80s death metal, some arty lo-fi indie-rock, some and the staple trendy breakdowncore - or you could rock down to the Sando and watch groups of kids play some stupidly fast and complicated tunes. Did I mention only $5?