Who are you and where are you from?
We are We Raise Bears and we’re from Dublin
Who are your favorite artists from home?
Lots to choose from – we love Adrian Crowley, Villagers, Halves, 3epkano. We’re always stumbling across something new – the Booka Brass Band were great at Other Voices the other day.
What’s it really like touring?
Expensive. And you end up eating chips. A lot
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Whelans and the Workmans Club are always great. We enjoy playing in small, unusual places too. We’ve done a few house gigs, which are always fun.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
We’ve never seen Nick Cave play, so he’d be first on the bill. Radiohead to headline. Brad Mehldau would do a solo set. Other Lives, the National, Midlake and Beirut would be on it too. Super Furry Animals reformed with a set from Fourtet later on. Tim and Jeff Buckley also raised from the dead just to play it. Stewart Lee would play the comedy tent.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
We are just completing our first EP to be released in Spring 2015. It’s been a long, hard slog but we’re nearly there.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
Get on the “property ladder”. We didn’t.
What do you do to relax?
To be honest – probably drink. We enjoy a few beers. Although, we enjoy seeing live music and watching films. The former usually involves our preferred method of relaxation.
What are you reading?
“Capital in the 21st Century” – by Thomas Piketty, a French economist. It’s been the buzz economics book of the last year. It deals primarily with the issue of inequality today, which is fascinating.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
We are not big TV watchers. Masterchef and Classic Who Wants To Be A Millionaire are always worth a watch, although there is nothing we watch religiously.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
Too many to choose from – hours are lost travelling around that website.
What website do you visit most?
Apart from YouTube, maybe Thomann.de. It’s a website for music instruments and gear. Or Adverts.ie. We’re always on the lookout for a deal on equipment.
What is your favourite:
Radiohead’s OK Computer. Powerful, intelligent, interesting music.
It really depends on the mood. Let’s go with the National’s Bloodbuzz Ohio today.
Lost classic song?
Let’s go with Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane, although I don’t know how lost it is.
Domino – some great artists on it.
Who is your favourite current artist?
Again, that really depends on the mood, but let’s go with the National as we’re in that mood.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Young Fathers were great at Other Voices.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
See previous answer.
We were at a poor show in the Olympia recently, but would rather not say who was playing out of politeness.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Emotionally driven songs, politics, harmoniums, stories, harmonies and lots of reverb. In the new year we’ll be growing from 2 to a full band, but, at the moment, the 2 of us can make quite a big bang.
You can catch We Raise Bears in Dublin’s Workman’s Club tonight, December 18th.