Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Today's Brew | LA Weekly: Grizzly Bear

If you haven't already read the article, it's worth checkin' out.
LA Weekly's subheading reads Meet Grizzly Bear, indie rock’s best “gay-straight-straight-straight quadrant”. LA Weekly talked to Droste and bandmate Daniel Rossen about sonics, vocals, the gay press and other topics of urgent interest.

(LA Weekly article by Alec Hanley Bemis)

LA Weekly: Hey, you have your own genre! A related question: Do the lyrics connect to the fact that Ed is something of a rarity — a gay indie rocker in a scene that can be very asexual?

DROSTE: “Plans” is about a boy, and that’s about it. [“Juan from Argentina, such a strange predicament we find ourselves in/Baby it’s a long way to South America . . .”] The first album [2004’s Horn of Plenty] is definitely more about gay-centric relationships.

LA Weekly: A few months back, though, a very gay-centric interview between you and Owen Pallet from Final Fantasy and the Arcade Fire did make its way around the Internet.

DROSTE: That wasn’t meant for everyone to read. I don’t regret doing it — I’ve done a bunch of gay press — but when things get posted on the Web and people start Googling, suddenly a story meant for one audience is in general circulation. All of a sudden, journalists start asking about it.

ROSSEN: We are a gay-straight-straight-straight quadrant.

DROSTE: Quadrant? Bloc Party’s lead singer, Kele, just came out of the closet, so you know . . . add another one to the list! [Fake enthusiasm.] Yeah, sweet. [Everyone laughs loudly.]

Read the full article ovah here.

mp3: Grizzly Bear- "Plans (KEXP live performance)"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Grizzly Bear plays a soldout show at the Troubadour tomorrow (Wed, Feb. 21).


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