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Grizzly Bear: Escape from New York

Grizzly Bear Barbara Anastacio


Grizzly Bear is an indie-rock quartet from New York, who three years ago generated a lot of hype around the band’s third album, “Veckatimest.” It was a raw, brittle record full of scratchy pop diamonds -- an experimental piece of work that usually wouldn’t have got beyond the critics. Yet “Veckatimest” shot into the top 10 of the U.S. charts in its first week.

Three years have passed since your last album came out. What was it like when you got together to write again?

It was like being back at school, when you see everyone for the first time after the holidays.

You withdrew to a house north of New York to write the songs. Why was that?

In New York you get distracted easily. There are birthdays, pets, concerts. I have to clear my head in order to get the right mindset of writing.

What’s it like working up there?

There are no neighbors for miles around. Most of the sunlight hours we spent outside. In the mornings we would go out into the forest to get some firewood, and in the afternoon we’d start working.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are fans of yours. How did that come about?

Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange Knowles played them our music and they’ve been supporting us ever since. It’s cool that mainstream artists today like Rihanna and Beyoncé are into smaller bands like The xx or even us.

Grizzly Bear’s new album, "Shields," is out on September 18.



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