By Kieran Webber
The Glasgow indie four piece recently self released their ‘Dead From The Waist Up’ single, a track that married indie pop driven hooks and touching lyrics delivered by an alluring scottish accent.
This single acted as a fantastic introduction to the band and had us hooked, we sat down with the lads to chat.
CLUNK So how have things been, what’s the word in Scotland?
Tam: Great thanks! We’ve only really started to get things together “properly” since the turn of the year but we’ve had a great response so far and the few shows we’ve done have gone really well.
CLUNK: So how did Wojtek The Bear become a thing and what is the story behind the name?
Tam: We’ve all known each other for years, played in various other bands together before but we came together and started writing/rehearsing at the start of this year and just released our first single on 17th June. I came across the story of Wojtek a few years back, he was a Syrian brown bear who was rescued by the Polish army during WW2, moved ammunition, ate fags and drank beer and was eventually drafted as a corporal to enable him to travel with them to the UK.
CLUNK: Your songwriting has a story like element to it, so I am curious, do you write after first hand experiences or are they fictional?
Tam: It’s all first hand experiences mainly which I try and soften/obscure as best I can so as to not make it too obvious who I’ve actually written about.
CLUNK: What does infuence you and your music?
Tam: There’s no way of answering this without sounding like a wank so I’ll just embrace it – all the usual things I guess, love, loss and the unwavering feeling that whatever we do here is all utterly immaterial. We’re a real hoot at parties I can tell ye…
“I came across the story of Wojtek a few years back, he was a Syrian brown bear who was rescued by the Polish army during WW2, moved ammunition, ate fags and drank beer and was eventually drafted as a corporal to enable him to travel with them to the UK”
CLUNK: Are there any particular artists or people that have infuenced you or your music?
Tam: I cheated for this and just looked at the top 5 artists on my Last.fm, which were Bon Iver, Mogwai, Radiohead, Frightened Rabbit and Reuben. To my ears the only obvious link from those is Frightened Rabbit and even then it’s just the Scottish thing, plus it’s always easier for someone else to pick out who you sound like I think, if you’re overly aware of who you sound like as a band you’re probably ripping them off…
CLUNK: What are your top 5 most played records?
Bon Iver – “For Emma, Forever Ago”
The Dead Texan – “The Dead Texan”
Frightened Rabbit – “The Midnight Organ Fight”
Reuben – “Racecar is Racecar Backwards”
Deathcab for Cutie – “The Photo Album”
CLUNK: Lastly, what is in the pipeline for 2016?
Tam: We’re playing King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on 25th August and are hoping to release another single before the end of the year and hopefully maybe even organise a small tour of the UK, which as we’re all old now with boring shit like mortgages and wives means it’s even harder to do!