Mondo Bear – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
MB: We’re a heavy psychedelic rock band. Using lots of ambience, space and drive.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MB: Mondo Bear as a project began sometime in 2018, as the culmination of another project by our drummer Vebjorn and singer/guitarist Erik. Anders on guitar and Sondre on bass joined inn and we quickly started writing these longer, slow songs. Most of the process was taking song ideas and adding some kind of ambience and atmosphere to them. Using different effects to carve out a sound that we felt happy with. The first album is a collection of the first songs we’ve written together that we thought sounded good enough for an album. It’s an amalgam of our different tastes in music.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MB: Most our influences are the greats of the 60s and 70s. The more contemporary stuff is quite varied. Erik, our singer/guitarist has an affection for Lana Del Ray and Pink Floyd while the rest of the band is into anything from old school heavy metal to jazz, krautrock, fusion, soul/rnb, etc.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
MB: Play long gigs, very loud, very often.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MB: It really depends. Our singer is mostly responsible for the lyrics, although the rest of us contribute bits and pieces now and then. The lyrics on the first record are mostly about themes like fame, crime and death. The music is usually built from an idea someone brings into rehearsal, where it slowly evolves into a song.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
MB: Instagram and Facebook does the heavy lifting, and some through promoters and our label High Ten
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
MB: The more music people hear the better. It’s nice to see the vinyl market in an upward curve the last years though. Some music deserves that higher quality sound.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MB: Work This Time or Rattle Snake by King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. A ridiculously cool band.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
MB: Playing Eat The Rich, an “off the grid” independent festival I Trondheim. It’s arranged every year by the community at Svartlamoen. The most intense live performance we ever did.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
MB: Getting album number one out at writing songs for the second album. Hopefully we’re going into the studio again I august/September ish. We’re also working towards a couple of tours of Norway after our release gigg in march.