Living in the moment
Bear Lake bucks the odds and redefines indie on a winning new album
Published: September 28, 2011
"I think the outside view of Detroit is still that dirty garage rock," May concludes. "Inside, it's not that but when you go out of town people still expect that dirty sound."
Not dirty? OK, pop quiz time for Mr. May? Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Who would you marry, kill and fuck.
"Oh, shit," May says. "I'd have to say fuck Palin, kill Bachmann, marry Clinton. I'm not crazy about any of them though."
The truth is, the Bear Lake boys are as "Detroit" as anyone else out there. Get Kwasnik talking about his beloved Tigers and Lions, and he's a pig in filth. "The Tigers' playoff chances are good," he goes on. "It depends who they play. Verlander and Fister can match up against any two. It's gonna be tough. If we had to play Boston in the first series, I don't know. A lot better than I would have told you three weeks ago. I hope they're not peaking too early. As for the Lions, it's weird watching these talented players and believing it's the Lions. I've seen them find every possible way to blow a game over the years. 10-6 is my prediction."
To bring the conversation back around, I ask the dudes where they see themselves in a decade. They say they'll be together, creating music.
"I love that we're growing," Stetson says, oblivious to the green glow of optimism. "It's only been a handful of years that we've been focusing. We're happy with where we're going. As soon as we're not, that'll be it for me but I don't see that happening. I think in ten years we'll be putting out some great shit."
If You Were Me drops Oct. 25.
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