The Name “Bear Hands”
I guess we had started the band while I was still in college with Ted. We recorded a bunch of demos right off; like I had already had the songs written and I was just looking for a band to get together to record them. And as soon as we did that we gave them to a little indie label that Ted had known the owner of, and he really dug it, and he wanted to take a meeting like really quick and we didn’t have a name. You know, we had like 3-song demos that this dude really liked but we didn’t have a name. So literally on the drive to this guy’s house in New Jersey we had to name the band. And Val our bass player had the name Bear Hands hanging around from a previous band, like rolodex of potential names and we settled on it.
“Giants” (single) – Where did the name come from?
That song name just fit. I remember writing both the verses in a spree. I don’t think I’d written the chorus yet – the “loving you more” line. But I had written both the verses like immediately just after having a really skeletal beat and for some reason the word “giants” came to mind when I was naming the Garage Band file or whatever and it stuck. That name just makes sense to me but it doesn’t really apply to the lyrics…There’s not a specific person that that “loving you more” line is about. But I have felt like that I loved someone more than the loved me. Universal experience.
If I had to name my pantheon – you know the greatest of all time – it would have to be Kurt [Cobain] and Bob Dylan and Notorious B.I.G. Those are the three gods of my music world.
Can’t Read Music
No I don’t know how to do that. That’s embarrassing. At Wesleyan I took one semester of piano classes with this little Asian lady who was really not incredibly helpful. Didn’t learn so much there. I think I took maybe five guitar lessons when I was 12 or 13 from an overweight guy in some mini mall in Connecticut. Didn’t pick up much there. I started playing guitar like punk songs and stuff, and really once you learn the power chords you can play any punk song. I also was disinterested quickly in learning other people’s songs, so I really started to write my own even though they were really heinous and painful and awful in the beginning. It was just more interesting to me than learning what other people have done.
Distraction out February 18, 2014