When Bears Attack! (The ‘Lost’ Interview)
Hurdcore.com has been a long standing fan of the rise of When Bears Attack! Hailing from the mean streets of Collinsville, Illinois and getting their initial start in the mean scene of local church youth groups, WBA has propelled themselves from the high school talent show ranks and into the underground Midwest. Combining their talents in design and innovation, these young men bear (pun) a message and a burden for the hardcore scene. We found this article from early 2011 that had not made it to publishing, hurdcore.com is glad to release the lost interview with Aaron Nosbisch of When Bears Attack!
At the end of 2010 there was a gap in news from WBA, but there has been a lot more activity as of late. Where is WBA heading in 2011 and beyond?
Aaron Nosbisch – Synth/Keys We had a little bit of a brief-break period to reorganize, and figure out where we wanted to go with WBA. Now that we got everything worked out we are back better than ever! 2011 is going to be a huge year for WBA!
Any juicy reasons for the postponement of momentum from 2010?
AN: Nothing to juicy. One of the bigger issues we had though was that our bassist Dylan Stanek decided that God was leading him to attend Cornerstone Christian Academy in Michigan to get his education.
The tools for making music have made production much more accessible, but monetizing the art is still elusive for the bulk of the bands that are in the mix. Have you discovered any new mediums or venues for living from your art?
AN: Not necessarily, we’ve always just done our own thing & hoped it turned out as good as we felt it was. Our producers are great though, and we’d be nothing without them!
Your most recent posts mention heading to the studio, is this to complete the long awaited EP? (or are you evolving into an LP…?)
AN: This is to finish the long awaited EP. We actually trashed almost all of our old work and started fresh. Our new EP “Elisha” will be much more promising, and will be released…
WBA music is electric and at times eclectic, with an audacious blend of styles and a high level of energy, how has your live show evolved since your origins?
AN: WBA live show is at a whole new level! Nothing you can explain though something you just have to see!
Choices was a bit heavier then earlier offerings, was this just for the song or a peek at the WBA to come?
AN: Definitely! We have become a bit heavier, but very melodic at the same time! There will still be singing though including guest vocals from Tyler “Telle” Smith of The Word Alive!
Is ‘Choices’ about choices? What choices inspired the choices addressed in ‘Choices’?
AN: In everything anyone does you always have a choice. That was the main point or objective to get across in the song.
WBA is a blend of influences, styles and personalities, does this mish-mash ever become a heated or challenging when you go to produce a song?
AN: Never a challenge just a blessing! We have some amazing producers that take care of the hard work.
How often do people associate your name with the Biblical account that inspired it (2 Kings 2:23-25)?
AN: Quite a lot actually, since that is where our name derived from it’s something we try to associate with the band a lot.
As you have carried the name and encountered questions, what do you see as the meat (pun intended) of the message from the story?
This is a sad story. But it is a very useful and instructive one. Like everything else in the Bible, it was written for your good. It teaches lessons which people should never forget. A few of those that could be learned are listed below!
First, that God takes notice of what you do. He took notice of the “little children” at Bethel, and punished them for their wickedness. Remember, I beg of you, that God has not changed. He is still the same. He is every day taking notice of you.
Second, that it is wrong to mock godly people and despise God’s Word. The little children of Bethel mocked at Elisha, and called him “bald-head.” For so doing they were terribly punished.
Third, that sin is sure to bring sorrow at last. It brought wounds and death on the little children of Bethel. It brought weeping and crying to the homes of their parents. If these wicked boys and girls had not displeased God—they would not have been torn apart by the bears.
We as a band see it as an important lesson and another way to share God’s Word when we are asked where we came up with the unique bands name.
Is it true you’ve never played a show with out Tolli Sour Brite Crawlers?
AN: This is a fact!