Interview With Bearfist

 

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BEARFIST INTERVIEW

With the launch of their third EP “Smile You Son Of A Bitch” on January 18th 2019, which we have already posted a review for, I also had the chance to interview the band, who hail from just down the road from me! Here are their responses.

For those who don’t know who you are, can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We’re Bearfist – a four piece metal band hailing from Chelmsford in Essex. We’ve been together for about 4 years, simply put we’re 4 mates who make loud music!

Where did the name Bearfist come from?

To be totally honest in the search for a name we started throwing two words into a hat and Bearfist came out. It came from nothing but we feel is actually quite fitting for our style now, loud and aggressive!

Your new EP “Smile You Son Of A Bitch” is due to be released in January 2019 (It was released on 18th January 2019). Are you getting excited about that?

This is our 3rd release to date and by far the most exciting one for us yes. Getting to work alongside Justin Hill has been such a great experience and we believe we have created a great EP for people to wrap their ears around.

Where is the launch party?

Unfortunately nothing official but if anyone fancies buying us a beer at any stage that’d be great….We are however playing Ice Breaker festival in Portsmouth on the 26th January.

This is your third EP. Do you think your sound has evolved since you released your first “Bearfist” in 2015?

100% I think it took us some time to find a sound that worked but we are well and truly in the Bearfist groove now.

There are four of you in the band. What do you think makes you gel together so
successfully?

The band was formed originally over a few beers, the songs tend to be written with a few beers and the live shows consist of having a few beers…In summary the gel that sticks us together is not gel it’s beer.

You played Bloodstock Open Air in 2016. Do you think this has been the highlight of your career so far?

We have been very fortunate to play some big stages over the last few years. As well as Bloodstock we have also played main stage at both HRH Metal @ Birmingham O2 academy and Hammerfest 2018.

It would be difficult to pinpoint a highlight but I would definitely say winning the London Metal to the masses to play Bloodstock in 2016 is our proudest moment.

Who is the main songwriter or songwriters? Do you write the lyrics first or the music?

Music always comes before lyrics, our main way of writing usually consists of Dan (guitarist) bringing 4 thousand riffs to rehearsal along with a massive grin! From that point on it becomes a fairly organic process.

Do any of the lyrics come from personal experiences? I know a lot of songwriters use this as inspiration for their songs.

If you were to read Bearfist lyrics out loud and even suggest any of them were to do with life experiences I think you would have to call the police and a mental health worker instantly!

Rob (vocalist) just really enjoys writing about death, blood and more death….

You released a video for “Destroy The Magnet” from the new EP in November. What has the response to this been like, both from the press and the listeners?

We have had positive feedback from both fans and Press alike, we are so happy with the video and again working with great people (Loki films) you get great results.

Check it out on YouTube! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-SeWxBJLxI)

What goes through your minds when you are on stage? Do you just focus on the music or can you take the time to appreciate the crowd?

A lot of the time concentrating on not falling over is the main objective!

Is the band your full time job? If not, how do you all cope with having day jobs as well as the band and would you like it to be a full time job?

Obviously the ultimate dream is to be a rock star! But unfortunately we are all at an age where we need to work to live.

So, are there any other activities that you participate in when you do have some down time from the band?

As mentioned above beer always plays a strong part in and outside of the band, Rob is also a keen golfer!

Who is the driving force within the band? Is there any particular one of you that takes control?

Not really, we’re pretty good at sharing the load to be honest, we’d be quick to let each other know if they weren’t pulling weight!

A lot of “older” metalheads complain that there is nothing new coming through with regards to metal music. Do you think this is the case?

I think if you get out to local shows and support local up and coming music it is amazing what you can find. We have been fortunate enough to play with some great bands over the last few years and in turn made some great friends.

So with venues closing down all the time and people seemingly preferring to listen to covers bands and tribute acts, where do you see the future of metal lies?

I think there is a big enough following of metal that it’ll never die. The concern about venues closing is always there but the only way to help that is by going out and having a few beers and watch some bands.

If you could bring back one metal legend who would it be and why?

Been a crap couple of years for legends leaving us hasn’t it? Was a few years ago for Dimebag but he and Vinnie Paul are the ones that stand out. We’re all of the age to have loved Pantera back in the day – so just on the off chance that a reunion could’ve happened it would have to be them.

And who have been your biggest influences, both individually and as a band?

This is always a tough question as we’re not really a band who wear our influences on our sleeve. We all have different tastes in music, and it just melds together into what you hear. We’ve used this quote a few times recently but it sums it up quite well – stick us 4 in a room and this is the noise we’ll make!

So, what’s next in 2019 for Bearfist?

We’re just looking forward to releasing this EP and getting out playing shows to support it – there’s a few shows and Festival slots in the diary so keep an eye on our social media for announcements!

Thank you for your time.

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/bearfistuk/

https://www.instagram.com/bearfistband/
https://bearfistuk.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChDY68CgeuE6zCOzC1AY78Q

 

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

Bearfist – Smile You Son Of A Bitch EP

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Bearfist – Smile You Son Of A Bitch EP
Independent Release
Release Date: 18/01/2019
Running Time: 20:54
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7/10

As I was also preparing an interview for Essex based band, Bearfist, I had already done a bit of research before listening to the EP, something which I never do! But even then, I wasn’t prepared for the sonic onslaught that my ears were about to suffer, and I do not mean that in a bad way!

Screaming vocals have never really been my bag, but one thing that reviewing has taught me is to never judge a band or their music based on one aspect of them alone!

Bearfist are a four-piece band hailing from Chelmsford, Essex (so essentially a local band for me!) and were formed in late 2014. The band’s heavy groove laden songs and intense live shows earnt them a reputation that saw them grace the stage at some of the UK’s favourite festivals. To note, they have played at Bloodstock in 2016, after winning the London region of Metal to the Masses, HRH Metal in 2017 and Hammerfest in 2018.

The band, itself, was an idea that started off as a chat over a few beers between mates (let’s face it, we have all been there after a few alcoholic beverages, just most of us never actually bring it to fruition) and ended up as the “groove laden wall of noise that you hear today.”

Says the band, “we originally just jumped in a rehearsal room with a bucket load of riff ideas to see what sort of animal we had on our hands.”

They didn’t just produce an animal, they produced a monster and they have press quotes to back that up!

Says Metal Hammer, “combining weighty riffs with throat-shredding vocals, Bearfist are just metal AF.” “One of the most complete acts to play the New Blood Stage,” said Virtual Festivals, regarding Bloodstock, 2016 and Overdrive also stated of the Bloodstock performance, “Bearfist just destroy it. If we were to gauge the future of metal on today’s performance from Bearfist, it is safe to say we have nothing to worry about.”

So, what is it about the band that has produced this level of praise?

“Smile You Son Of A Bitch EP” is the third EP from the beast that is Bearfist, after the releases of “The Fifteenth Day” in 2015 and “Foundations” in 2016, and was produced, mixed and mastered by Justin Hill (ex-Sikth vocalist). The cover photographs were taken by Loki Films and the final layout of the cd had been designed and edited by band member Jon Holland.

The one thing that stands out to me about this four track EP is the sheer amount of energy that emits from it. Even with it playing through the earphones on my laptop (and the earphones not actually being in my ears!) the power is there to be heard.

The guitars are heavy, with riffs that hit you right in the stomach, and in my mind, there is nothing better than heavy guitars. The drumming is tight and frantic, with double kicks popping up all over the place and in a live setting this guy must work up a real sweat! Musically, these guys are top notch and even the vocals, which as I said are not my cup of tea, are first class, performed with a raw intensity that you just cannot but admire.

This is a raw and brutal EP that will have you banging your head from start to finish and I would love to the see the mosh pit at a Bearfist gig as I think it would be mental (I wouldn’t, however, want to be IN it though!!)

If you like your metal fierce and right there in your face, then this is an EP for you. And even if you don’t, give it a try. It will blow away some cobwebs and you might just find yourself moshing along with the rest of us!

TRACK LISTING:
01 Death’s Emissary
02 Destroy The Magnet
03 I’m Your God
04 Bleed The Wrong Way

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/bearfistuk/

https://www.instagram.com/bearfistband/
https://bearfistuk.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChDY68CgeuE6zCOzC1AY78Q

 

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Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.