By Georgia Corpe
Boy & Bear fans are in high anticipation of their triumphant return to the scene with third studio album Limit of Love set for release on October 9 2015. Georgia had a chat with Jon Hart (vocals, banjo, mandolin and keyboards) in regards to their upcoming release.
BF: Fans are seriously excited to hear your third and highly anticipated album Limit of Love. How eager are you for fans to hear what you have been working on?
B&B: We can’t wait, it’s that funny period right now where you’ve made the record and you’re really excited for people to hear it and we’re just waiting for it to come out. It’s been nice that people have seemed to be cool with the different sound of Walk the Wire, so hopefully people will give the album a chance too.
BF: Limit of Love – Play on words for fans of Mexican Mavis from way back in 2010?
B&B: Not that I know of, actually that’s the first time I’ve heard that one. The title Limit of Love comes from a song on the new album of the same name and Dave wrote the lyrics to that and Mexican Mavis, so maybe he kind of subconsciously referenced himself haha
BF: You have released a video about the making of Limit of Love and explain how daunting it was to record live to tape. Is this an experience that you would do all over again?
B&B: Yeah I think we definitely will. It was a really liberating experience for us as a band and we enjoyed the way it made us focus on getting a really strong performance together and it made doing takes fun in a lot of cases. It also feels more natural to be making the music all together in the room at one time.
BF: You guys have also changed up your song writing process, with all band members collaborating on a number of tracks as opposed to Dave Hosking being the sole songwriter. How has this kind of approach affected the sound of Boy & Bear?
B&B: I think we always had creative freedom with songs/ideas from Dave, so in many ways we already felt like we were writing together, but one difference is that Dave’s ideas pretty much exclusively were written on an acoustic guitar and then taken from there. Whereas the band collaborations on the new record weren’t written on an acoustic guitar and so they have a different sonic foundation and that lends to different arrangements and sounds I think.
BF: We here at Bear Family are a huge fan of some of the records Ethan Johns has produced, such as Kings of Leon’s Aha Shake Heartbreak. How was it working with such a magnificent producer as well as being at the beautiful Real World Studios?
B&B: Ethan was amazing to work with. We can’t say enough good about him. He’s a lovely dude to start with and he just has an ear for when things work and when they don’t. He can play more instruments than all of us put together and he has a really strong sense of phrasing on guitars/keyboards and his percussion playing is like nothing we’d seen before. He played on a lot of the tracks on the album with us and that was a trip for us and he brought great vibes.
On top of that, he comes from a family who are sort of pioneers/royalty in rock and roll history (Along with all he has done, his Dad and Uncle worked with pretty much everyone in classic rock and roll). And he’s a great storyteller, so he had the perfect story for any moment where inspiration or humour was required.
BF: From the sound of your new single Walk The Wire, you guys have really developed your sound into something a little more grungy yet still so catchy. What else can fans expect from Limit of Love?
B&B: To me Limit of Love has some tracks that break new ground for us as a band such as Walk the Wire, Limit of Love, Showdown and 1000 Faces, but then it’s not all new, there are songs could have easily fitted on Harlequin Dream too. Hopefully it shows people a side of us they haven’t seen before, but it’s not like we’ve gone and made a hip hop album.
BF: Boy & Bear came out onto the live scene swinging this year with a set at Splendour in the Grass. How was it to closing out the GW McLennan tent as your first show back after recording your new album?
B&B: It was super exciting. I think we all had a few nerves beforehand, particularly as we dropped two new songs into the set for Splendour. And the crowd was great, as they’ve always been to us at Splendour.
BF: A Bear Family tradition – can you send through your ugliest/prettiest illustrated Snapchat photo?
B&B: Haha I don’t have snapchat..I was slow getting to the smartphone and I haven’t caught up to snapchat yet!
*****BOY & BEAR – LIMIT OF LOVE TOUR*****
presented by triple j
FRI 22 JAN | ODEON THEATRE, HOBART TAS
SAT 23 JAN | FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 29 JAN | THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA
SAT 30 JAN | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH WA
FRI 12 FEB | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 13 FEB | RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE QLD