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Six Pack: Bears With Guns

14 August 2012 | 7:00 am | Staff Writer

"We like to have fun with the audience and our friends at live shows, and the experience is something you can’t get through recording."

Country NSW five-piece Bears With Guns are hitting the road to promote their debut single, Taken For A Fool. Tony McMahon gets the lowdown.

“The experience of rejection, heartache and betrayal are just a part of life that everyone goes through in some way or form,” says vocalist and guitarist Rob, talking about the subject matter of Taken For A Fool. “These experiences weren't sought out, I just expressed in song the way I felt about it all, probably because it was on my mind a lot at the time.”

Producer Wayne Connolly, who has worked with The Vines, Josh Pyke and Sarah Blasko among others, was brought in for desk duties during recording, and it seems things couldn't have gone more swimmingly.

“We had no idea what to expect working with Wayne, being our first major recording experience. The whole recording process was really comfortable, and we feel he captured that in a great way with Taken For A Fool. It was exciting when we found out we were recording with such a high calibre producer, especially for our first EP, where the original plan was to record in a mate's room in Bondi. Ending up with Wayne was an opportunity that was presented to us by our label, and one that was too good to say no to.”

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As far as a Bears With Guns live show is concerned, it seems the band are seriously into the bonding that goes along with these events. “We like to have fun with the audience and our friends at live shows, and the experience is something you can't get through recording. We would like to encourage people to go and watch live music. There is an overwhelming amount of talent in the Australian music scene and the best way to support up-and-coming bands is to get out and be a part of it.”