This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Any Of Us

by BEAR

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Over BEAR's 6-year run, we recorded a lot of songs with a similar theme, with plans for a full concept record called "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Any Of Us", filled with countless different stories all taking place inside the same fictitious town. Like a Twin Peaks for lost love instead of murders, so like Capeside in Dawson's Creek I guess. Most of those recordings were never finished because we wrote new songs or got bored or couldn't properly capture our practice space/on-stage energy in a multi-room recording studio.

With like 30 songs left by the wayside, it somehow seems fitting that "TV Blue" and "Trapp" were the two jams that really worked out, as they perfectly embody BEAR at its core as a band—nostalgic and hooky guitar lines from Jon, chunky and metronomic drumming from Matt, and beautifully melodious bass from Jordan, all topped with just-weird-enough sad story lyrics. But all throughout BEAR, I was also writing and playing folk songs alone with a similar theme. So to come full circle from our first 7" way back when, which featured a raucous indie pop song backed with a sad folk duet, I thought we'd do the same with this tape. Two full band nostalgic Albert Leamo jams backed with two sad folk songs, all coming from one place.

While we were a band living in the same city, we worked really really hard on these songs, and our time as a band really meant a lot to us, not just as musicians, but as friends from growing up, trying to one-up the previous bands we'd been in and make music that we're not ashamed of listening to in our own headphones. Not because we're selfish or whatever, but because we're proud of it all and it makes us think about our time together.

At least that was the goal here. BEAR in this lineup no longer exists. It may just be me now, or it may just be a fond memory we all share, but I truly hope you enjoy the kinda unique brand of indie rock we achieved the last time we were in the same room together with the amps turned on and the years of inside jokes bouncing off the walls.

Yours truly,
Mike

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released September 4, 2018

Produced by Brian Casey and Mike Behrends
Recorded by Jordan
Songwriting by Mike
Photography by Jon
Design and Layout by Ryan Bren

The title of this EP and cassette tape came from an art piece made by Dan Black of Landland design studio in Chicago and is used with his kind permission. They are really great and inspiring.

BEAR is:
Mike Behrends – singing, guitars, Casio
Jordan Skophammer – bass
Matt Wulff – drums and percussion
Jon Klocek – guitars

Thank you to anyone who listens to these songs in their entirety, as that's obviously how music and songs are supposed to be consumed, even in these problematic digital times. We appreciate your commitment.

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