Bearings

Doug from Bearings sat down with York Calling to talk about new signings, EP’s, full length releases and more!

Interview by Jane Howkins

You recently signed to Pure Noise Records. How did that come about, and why did you decide they were the best label for you?


When we finished recording “Nothing Here Is Permanent” we knew it was something a little closer to our hearts than previous releases. It was really important that we get it out to as many people as we possibly could. We had our hopes set on Pure Noise specifically and thankfully they were interested.


Whilst they’re a relatively new label, they’re well known for their punk rock roster. Was that something that was important to you when signing with them?


The diversity of music on Pure Noise is I think what makes it so interesting and fun to be a part of. They are a label that really seems to keep tabs on what is going on here in Ontario. To be alongside bands such as Seaway, Like Pacific and Counterparts – all bands we’ve been fortunate enough to learn from – is a very good feeling.

Are we correct in thinking that you’re releasing a new EP called Nothing Here Is
Permanent in September? What can you tell us about that, and what does the title refer to?


“Nothing Here Is Permanent” comes out on September 8 during our tour with State Champs. The EP largely focuses on the fragility of life, and making the most of it in the short time you are given. I experienced my father and two grandparents pass from when I was 16 until now, and the EP is a representation of what I went through and how I dealt with it.


You also recently released a new single, titled as North Hansen. What can you tell us
about that, and why did you pick that song as a single?


North Hansen is about me losing my father and how tough that was, but it also tell a story of things getting better. How we deal with loss is an important step to moving forward. We chose it as the single because it was our favourite song on the EP. There are other more traditional choices for a single we could have gone with for the single but North Hansen just felt right to put out first, Besides who doesn’t love guitar solos?

Will you be releasing any more singles? How do you work out which tracks to release as Singles?


We will be releasing one more single “Petrichor” which means “The smell of earth after rain”. It follows the same concept as North Hansen but with a much poppier indie type feel. Again, it just felt right, it kicks in right away and really grabs the listener’s attention, or at least we hope it will.


Do you have any plans for a full length album release, or is it just EPs for now?


Our next release will be a full length, We’ve already started messing around with some ideas but the important thing right now is that our set is tight for our live shows, and that we can bring Nothing Here Is Permanent to life when we play it live.


What influences you as a band, and what have you been listening to recently?


We all come from very different backgrounds musically but that’s what I think makes it so fun to write together. Everything from Hardcore to Top 40 makes it’s way through the speakers of the van. We always want to write something people can move to, something heavy but with a hooky melody. We love the implementation of open chords, they always give things a really airy feel – it’s the reason we are cursed to a life of using capos live. I think the two albums we beat to death this year by listening to them a bunch were “After The Party” by the Menzingers and “The Dream Is Over” by Pup.


Do you have any tour dates coming up, specifically in the UK?


We have a tour full of North American dates with State Champs, Sleep On It and Homesafe and are announcing a couple shows for december fairly soon. As for Europe, nothing is scheduled quite yet but we are itching to be out on the road every second we are home so hopefully that happens sooner rather than later!

Why do you think people should come and see Bearings perform live, and what can
people expect from one of your gigs?


Our live set is definitely a little heavier and a little faster than what is heard on the record. We always urge people to get involved, to share the stage with us and to have a good time. The more fun you’re having, the more fun we get to have.


Any last words for the fans?


Thanks to everyone who gave us a floor to sleep on, and a premature thank you to all the
peoples floors we will soon be sleeping on. We’re sorry we made you late for your 9am shift, Collin tried to wake us up, he really did.