We are thrilled to introduce you to a great rising indie rock band hailing from Coachella, CA, Bear Fight, and share their latest single, titled “She,” exclusively with Paste Magazine today! The track was recorded by The Colourist’s Adam Castillas at Grandmaster Studios. “She” is a short poem composed freely by Michael Ramirez, later put to a simple yet very emotional musical performance. The lyrics make up an anti-love song about someone that is far too distant to continue loving, inspired by longing and melancholy emotion, delivered in a desperate manner through the music. Play the track above or stream via Spotify here.
Because we loved this track so much, we sat down with the band to learn more! Check out our exclusive interview below:
1. Tell us more about Bear Fight?
Bear Fight came together in the desert surrounding Palm Springs and the cities within. We all started playing with this lineup in high school, but some of us have known each other since the play-pen. We were always exposed to music at a young age especially because of the Coachella festival located pretty much in our backyard. We’ve seen the transition of music throughout the years because of this. As ignorant kids just having fun together we started making music and haven’t really stopped since. Our music has also transformed from those early years into something more appropriate for us as individuals living in this fast-paced world.
2. How did "She" come together as a song? Did the lyrics fuel the music or vice-versa?
We were actually house sitting for someone at the time during one summer, and decided to take the liberty of turning these random people’s home into a makeshift studio. During these sessions a number of songs were written, “She” being one of them. Michael (lead vocals, guitar) had arrived early one day and had written this poem that he threw together with some chords (three to be exact). The song was never really meant to be on the final list of songs we were going to move forward with, but our drummer Ryan felt inspired really late one night. He laid down a great drum part that inspired the rest of the song’s direction. After that we knew we had a song.
3. Tell us more about the lyrical meaning behind "She"
The lyrical meaning is expressing a feeling of abandonment. It’s about coming to terms with someone that was extremely vibrant and prominent in your life, and having him or her suddenly vanish. It delivers this message in a more aggressive manner, rather than how a ballad would handle a breakup.
Michael was inspired to write these lyrics after recalling a girl he’s known since childhood. This girl had all the potential in the world, but threw it all away to remain miserable. The song is a calling question to questions left unanswered.
4. What can we expect next from Bear Fight?
You can expect numerous shows throughout 2017, a release of our second single in late March, and an EP to top it all off coming soon.
5. And one just for fun...What's the funniest/craziest thing that's ever happened at a show?
We played for this high school one time, some kind of pep rally or something in the gym. During our intermission, Michael was swarmed by a group of excited kids who took him down to the ground trying to get him to sign things for them. 3 huge security guards had to physically remove a number of kids to save Michael. I think one of the kids got a busted nose...
More about Bear Fight:Bear Fight is a genre-bending indie-alternative band infused with cross-generational blues, soul and rock. The members of Bear Fight established themselves as musicians and as lifelong friends at a very young age in the Desert of Palm Springs. The band gained vast experience, working and recording with a multi-platinum musician and producer,, giving the band a taste of what the music industry was all about. The band soon after exhausted the Desert and its venues, from winning Best of the Valley award for musical artist, to opening for acts like The Expendables and Fitz and the Tantrums. In fact, Bear Fight has performed over 250 shows in their time, gaining tremendous experience that separates them from other artists. Bear Fight most looks forward to performing their live shows as they state, “[they] are what we live for, we are not strangers to the stage or to the world of music and are ready to live out what we preach.”
Bear Fight’s music aims to join the past with present, using style and recording influences that stretch across decades like the 60’s and 70’s style soul and rock n’ roll, combined with new advances in music technology such as sampling and other innovative production techniques. They hear the same thing when people hear their music: no one can accurately describe it or name another artist that they sound like. Recently, Bear Fight relocated to Los Angeles and have been excited to release new music with a new image to the public to mimic the success they had in the Desert. The band claims, “We are life long friends and life long musicians. We can’t wait to add our fuel to the spark that has been created recently in our culture, that is the realizing of genuine musicianship and appreciation for the past.”
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