Bear Away – Never in the Same Place (Disillusioned Records / Engineer Records, 2019) – exclusive stream

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 via Disillusioned Records.

Jacob 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

Never complete:
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.

Find out more on the Bear Away Facebook page and the Disillusioned Records Facebook page

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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