THIS time a year ago the big time was beckoning for Sydney folkrock outfit Boy and Bear on the back of their acclaimed debut EP and a gorgeous cover of Crowded House’s which was No. 5 on last year’s Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. The year delivered on th
Q. The past 12 months have been pretty astonishing for the band. What were the highlights? A. We toured in November and had done a four- week run in the US before that and really hit the ground running in Australia. The ARIAS was such a big night for everyone and was pretty surreal. It feels like most of the time we live in a bit of a bubble and work really hard and focus on what we have to do. We love what we do and the lifestyle we get to live and occasionally you get to pop your head up and have a look around. I think this Christmas and New Year period has allowed everyone to take a step back and enjoy the success of the band and get ready for the year ahead. Q. How was the ARIA experience, with the benefit of hindsight? A. It was at the back end of our tour so in terms of our schedule it was really just a box to be ticked. We had shows to do and we were really flat out so the focus was to get through the night – we had to perform too – so there was a lot of emphasis on that – and then to our surprise the night turned out all the better with all the awards. The best part was probably actually finishing it all and being able to go out and have a beer and a glass of champagne with my girlfriend and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. The night was fun but it can be a bit overwhelming for a band in our position. Q. Do those awards and accolades feel like a vindication of the path the band is on? A. Yes and no. They can distract you but Q. You guys have ridden the folk wave created by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling but the trouble with being associated with the vogue sound is that it can go out of vogue just as quickly. How important is it to evolve your sound? A. It’s critical. Our focus last year was really moving away from those bands and starting to establish exactly what our sound is. In my case I removed myself physically from their music and listened to a whole bunch of different stuff. We want to be around for a long time and you can’t do that in the shadow of another band.