Old Bear Records is as much about community as it is about music. Bear Tone Podcast exists to connect you to this community. Listen as we discuss life, the creative process, and whatever else comes up, with Old Bear Artists. We know you’ve heard their music, now you can hear their voice.
Quick Hits - The Royal Halls
Extra Bonus Episode! Here are some extra convo time with our friends The Royal Halls where we discuss guilty pleasures. We hope you enjoy this Quick Hit!
The Royal Halls
Alt Country band The Royals Halls joins us for a conversation around there new record "Center of the Frame". We caught up with them to discuss how the record was made and other very entertaining topics!
Quick Hits - Ian Zumback "Wasted Years"
Quick Hits is a short form version of our regular podcast (Bear Tone). These are episodes geared toward talking about one song and then playing the tune in its entirety at the end of the show. It's a lot of fun!
This episode is with Ian Zumback as we discuss his latest single, an Iron Maiden cover called "Wasted Years". It's awesome!
The Trees Community
"The Trees Community was a collective of musicians seeking to work out their faith through musical expression and communal living for seven years in the 1970s. Initially meeting in a Manhattan loft, they were a group of young people searching for God but not even sure who or what they would find.
In 1971, having been mentored some in Christianity, the five members loaded up a bus with 10 people, 2 cats, and 80 musical instruments and began the "pilgrimage to nowhere". For the next 6 years they toured the US and Canada sharing their music.
Only one formal album exists of their music: 1975's The Christ Tree. This album showcases the band's style as both experimental and experiential. Ethereal voices and complex avant-garde arrangements of ancient sounding folk music are the hallmark of the Trees Community sound.
Over the decades this recording has garnered a ton of indie credibility, being referred to as an influence of the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. The original vinyl pressings of The Christ Tree are rare and are purchased by collectors for hundreds of dollars.
Roemer (I Fly Solo)
Old Bear Records released a new album by artist Roemer as a follow up to his critically acclaimed EP, "Straight Bars and Guns." "I Fly Solo" is a nine song full length album engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ljudevit Ivic at Funkhaus in Berlin, Germany. This beautiful and haunting collection of songs were written and performed by Roemer. Topics ranging from friendship, love, chaos, and time are undergirded by Roemer's distinct and recognizable voice dancing over the dynamic and at times dissonant chord phrases that make up Roemer's unique sound. We know you're going to love this new album as much as we do. We caught up with him to discuss his new release. Enjoy!
Philadelphia resident and Old Bear Records newcomer Ryan Anderson AKA Opal Hush is punching above his weight class and giving Rocky Balboa a run for his money. Remote Viewer is poetic and cinematic while invoking a sacred imagination that will meet you new each time whether listening on vinyl by the fireplace with a whiskey or in the car making a last minute grocery run with the kids after school. Each listen through confronts you with making decisions as to whether focus on the lyrics which sits seductively almost behind the music or raptured up in to the worlds that Opal Hush is sonically creating. It's safe to say that this album will meet you where you are but it will sound different every time.
Lukas and Anthony do a great job breaking down the musical processes of a variety of interesting and awesome musicians and songwriters. Great Podcast!
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Old Bear Records is doing something special in the world of christian music. Do yourself a favor and pay attention. Bear Tone itself is wonderfully edited, Lucas has a great voice and moves the episodes on at a nice pace for the listener. It's a new cast, but I hope it's here to stay.