A liberal mix of emotion and musical mess, a sound that takes you to a tripped out laser show on your grandparents back porch. A seamstress in a dark forest of eclectic nondenominational madness quilting a map of your consciousness and subconsciousness. Layers of colorful screams and pounding... loneliness in an overcrowded ballroom full of bears...you realize you must...befriend.
Formerly known as A Likely Few, Befriend the Bears added new members and evolved their sound from acoustic folk to psychedelic rock with a touch of jazz. Morphing styles and genres, Befriend the Bears takes you into their euphonious den to tell you stories of past battles won and lost.
Strutting the sound of Portishead and Pink Floyd’s love-child, Befriend the Bears plays with horns and lead female vocals like a teenager plays Twister co-ed style. Starting in July of 2011, the Bears were originally four with only Tiana Berlin, Aaron Sekula, Behn Stuart and Josh Arredondo. A month later they became five when Eduardo Ramirez (Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Spoon) joined the group. “If you give a Bear a sax, he’s gonna want a horn section” said the lonely bear and three shows later, the Bears became seven with Jason Morris and Marc Oran completing the horn section.
Recorded at 5th Street Studios (home to fellow Austin artists like White Denim, Bob Schneider and MARMALAKES), Befriend the Bears prowled the map stylistically and tracked five songs with lead engineer Nick Joswick resulting in nothing less than a beautifully composed EP (Before They Take Over) that gently flutters you away to a place where bears delightfully roam free.
Feeling the jazzy love of horns and the haunting air of the female vocals, the Bears bring a little bit of fire to the often ‘too cool’ watering hole.
Planning their Forty Four Bouts of Madness tour for 2012, Befriend the Bears will be kicking things off by sharing a stage at The Parish with Austin’s local band beauties Shakey Graves and The White White Lights January 22.2012. Catching attention from WRBB radio in Boston, local Austin blogs and magazines, crowds from San Antonio and Austin locals, Befriend the Bears have been enjoying a quickly growing fan base who remain incredibly loyal. Before They Take Over will be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Waterloo Records and other online outlets January 22.2012.