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Doubt & Distortion

by Bicentennial Bear

Fuzzy, melodic, indie pop with moments that are reminiscent of Superdrag, The New Pornographers and 'Outlandos d'Amour'
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fits & Starts
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2. Dig Me Up
3:22 $0.99
3. Kobo Blues
3:15 $0.99
4. Ghost from the Charleston Jail
2:21 $0.99
5. Pulling My Hair
3:36 $0.99
6. Inherited Cutlass
2:27 $0.99
7. Comeback
4:01 $0.99
8. Upset for the Ages
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9. Currency of Sound
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10. My Love Carries No Anchor
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Album Notes
We thought about writing a fancy biography with thesaurus words like “frenetic” and “amalgamated” but decided we’d leave the wordsmithing to you. But here are some tidbits on the band and the new album:

- Bicentennial Bear is Adam Dowell (Bass), Jason Mowery (drums), Billy Peake (guitar & vocals), Sean Sefcik (guitar) and Leah Wahlin (viola, keys & vocals).
- Doubt & Distortion was recorded at Relay Recording in Columbus during approximately 10 days of cumulative studio time that spanned almost two calendar years. Talk about “Fits & Starts.”
- Release date: Nov 20, 2015; formats: 180 gram vinyl LP (for the snobs), CD (for our parents) and Digital Download (for the rest of y’all)
- We know we’ll never be Pitchfork darlings but we made a super honest, mostly toe-tapping record that we hope is timeless. We aim to make music that is true to who and where we are in life - music that we enjoy playing live. We’ve read or heard comparisons to Superdrag, Superchunk, New Pornographers, Cheap Trick, Split Enz, The Cars and Jimmy Eat World. None of those are completely accurate, but got damn, they were all very flattering.
- This is our second full length album. The debut, Lost Summers, was released in 2011 and received kind reviews from the handful of journalists who actually heard it! Our favorite snippet: "The album is that rare breed of genuinely smart pop, catchy and well-crafted but not over-crafted, as if the musicians know what happens when you work a song to death… The album is reminiscent of a whole passel of Cars and British New Wave records that I want to listen to, if I can put this disc down any time soon. It may be too early to call Lost Summers the album of the summer, but after letting it get under my skin, I'd call that a safe bet." - Rick Allen, The Other Paper
- This is drummer Jason Mowery’s first album with the band. He joined in the spring of 2013. Prior to Bi Bear, Jason played drums with Special Aviation Project and Denovo.
- Sean Sefcik and Billy Peake have played music together for 17 years. First as members of Columbus stalwarts Miranda Sound from 1999 to 2008, and then Bi Bear, in which Sefcik moved from bass to guitar, from 2009 to present. Long time friend of Sefcik and Peake, Adam Dowell was in Celebrity Pilots and a handful of other Ohio bands; Leah Wahlin played viola in the Stillwater (Minnesota) Symphony Orchestra. This is Leah’s first rock band. She met Sean, Billy and Jason at the interactive design agency they all worked for in 2010.
- No one in the Afghan Whigs’ camp has confirmed or denied Bicentennial Bear’s claim that our 2011 holiday romp, “All I want for Christmas is an Afghan Whigs Reunion” was the impetus for the Whigs’ reunion tour and subsequent new album. But the timing of the song and the aforementioned reunion are hard to ignore.



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