Ten Bears: SXSW 2010

Ten Bears has yet to release an album, but that hasn’t dampened the group’s success which comes solely from word of mouth and touring. “Braces”, the first release from the group on the record label East City, is set to beavailable April 19th. Ten Bears will be bringing a fresh and lively attitude to SXSW, where they hope their name brings them good fortune in the form of a free meal or two.

Describe your sound in your own words. 

Future Pop.

How did your band form?

A few of us met at University in Saflord then found the others along the way. We studied Popular Music. We met through friends and parties.

What are your musical influences?

Synth Pop, French Dance music, Cock Rock, the 80’s, the 90’s, the 00’s, the 10’s. I think 2009 and 2010 (so far) has been great for new music. A lot of bands are becoming popular who don’t follow rules, as such, bands like Yeasayer, Golden Silvers, Dirty Projectors, Telepathe…

How did you come up with your band name?

We are named after a Comanche Chief of the Ketahto tribe. He used to roam Texas so we are happy to be bringing his name back. The name just jumped off the page to be honest, felt good, and no one else was called it. We will definitely use that to our advantage when trying to get some free tacos. What’s your favorite French dance music or group?

JUSTICE! And Yelle is ace.

What’s the most rewarding part of being a band?

So far…touring, meeting people, traveling, free sports clothing to put on eBay, and hearing your song on the radio.

How would you describe your music making process?

It’s a bit like The Karate Kid. We work really hard for months learning new skills and getting hurt physically and emotionally then at the end we win the championship by having two or three new songs that we’re really proud of.

Do you have any other hobbies besides music?

Films. Swimming. Running — I just wanna look like Mick Jagger when I’m his age so I better start now. Partying. Nothing illegal.

What is your favorite band or song of all time?

Personally, I would have to say the “Theme Tune To Twin Peaks”. It makes me happy, sad and nauseous all at the same time. Genius.

What are your practices generally like?

Cold, punishing and severe. Manchester is a cold and wet place. We practice in a crumbling mansion, [and it] costs a lot to heat it, I guess!

What does your death row meal consist of?

Something with a saw blade in it so I can escape. I guess a long burrito or a French baguette, just so you could get a good length of blade in there.

Originally posted at Spinner on March 10, 2010.
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