They're the new bouncy face of guitar pop perfection, are Bearsuit. John Peel loves them, their Sonic Youth-ish, Only Ones-ish debut single 'Hey Charlie, Hey Chuck' might have been the best thing ever. Hell, along with MoTel, they even make Norwich seem like an exciting place to be.
On interviewing them, the band announce they've been using a new instrument even Frank Zappa never went near, whilst vocalist Iain finally admits his secret, sinister insect-related theories. Ace.
How did it feel recording the Peel session? What was it like listening to yourselves on the radio afterwards?
Bearsuit: Embarrasing - we all had shoddy instruments, and they had to fix a guitar and the drums. Listening back was great as we all got highly pissed and had a party...
Whats the best thing about being in a band?
Lisa Horton (vocals/keyboards/accordion/percussion) / BS: Young girls let us special poke them. hounds too. fanmail. makes shitty jobs better.
How does songwriting work in Bearsuit? Is it true that a lot of your songs have come to Matt in his sleep?
Iain Ross (vocals/guitar): That's kind of a joke. They come to Iain in his sleep. He thinks about ants a lot. Everyone adds to Iain's songs with their little bits. It's a collaboration in the long run.
What was the last book you read? Was it good?
LH: 'Hard Boiled Wonderland the End of the Walk' - Murikami - Really cool.
IR: 'Journey to the Ants' - Holsbander [?] - I like ants, they're coming, seal your doors - It's half and half.
Daddy or chips?
BS: Daddy 4, Chips 4. (okay there are 6 in bearsuit but the sickroom label bods were 'round..)
Is 'Hey Charlie, Hey Chuck' about the death of Charles Schultz, as the sleevenotes seem to suggest?
IR: No. The earth died. Charlie Brown's head is the only place we can colonize it's so huge. We could set up a new system of decent government on that guy's head.
A lot of your songs are reasonably intricate, or at least mix a number of unusual instruments. Are the finished versions ever anything like you initially conceive of the being?
BS: We do our best to ruin the songs. Something like we imagine but usually different.
The scene in Norwich seems in rather good health. Is this just a deluded outsider's perspective, or is it really a good place to be in a band at the moment?
BS: Yeah, yeah real good. There's lots of cool bands in Norwich at the moment, especially MoTel, KaitO, Honeyslunk Otter Chaos.
What's the worst thing about being in a band?
BS: Arguing about daddy and chips. Not being able to take time of work to do what we want to do. having to practice.
Time for the free plug - Please give us five good reasons why we should rush out and buy 'Drinkink' (the forthcoming single) as soon as we can.
It's better than 'Hey charlie...'.
It's our last single (spliting up as we couldn't decide on daddy or chips).
Genius slice of 2 minute punkpop.
It'll make your friends think youre cool.
[No, I didn't point out the obvious. That would have been rude...]
There seems to be a certain escapist theme to a number of your songs, such as Hovercar or Fears of Moonpilot Ben. What is it about the workd that you are keen to get away from?
BS: What isnt there?
What is the strangest instrument Bearsuit have used so far?
BS: A tortoise.
Finally, have I asked too many daft questions?
LH: No way maaaaan alive...