How would you describe your music?
We’d probably describe as beautiful noise. We put a lot of time and effort into making sure the melodies are strong, the song is catchy and the arrangement is soulful; so in that aspect we strive to make the songs as beautiful as possible. However we also love gritty, powerful rock songs so we love monstrous rhythms and crazy distortion, so in that sense, our music is pretty noise. Basically Alternative Rock but we think Beautiful Noise sounds better haha.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Formed by 2 young brothers in 2014, Matt and Alex Georgiou had always played and written music together. Growing up in Worcester the pair were a creative powerhouse within the small city’s music scene. Being involved in many bands and frequently playing for large crowds of their peers at large high school student organised gigs at the local music venues.
Bear Witness was born out of a desire to make music that had a sole focus on strong songwriting and expression. The previous band Matt and Alex were a part of was falling apart for a number of reasons and forming Bear Witness was the natural progression to keep writing music going. We had an unavoidable hiatus due to university commitments in 2016, but following the addition of bassist Liam Mead to the lineup in late 2018, returned with the debut EP ‘Dreams of Fame‘.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We have quite a varied list of influences, we all listen to different things and that really colours the sound in a nice way. To name a few: Nirvana, Muse, Queens of The Stone Age, Nothing But Thieves, Prince, Highly Suspect, Twenty One Pilots, Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Jeff Buckley, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, The Glitch Mob, Jack White, The Police, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell, the list goes on and on! Most importantly though we’re really inspired by Jeff Goldblum’s jazz piano skills!
What inspires you?
It really ranges to be honest. A lot of the time I’ll be inspired by a band or an album or even just a song, and that will be the catalyst that can bring about a riff or a melody or on lucky occasions a whole song! It then just comes down to spending time chiselling away at the song to find the beautiful marble sculpture within the stone. Sometimes I’ll be inspired by a film or by an experience that really resonates with me; you often end up with different styles of song when you’re inspired from say an experience over some music.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
In all honesty we’re just constantly writing, we don’t really have a preference.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Probably ‘Dreams of Fame’, it’s so much fun seeing the crowd dancing around!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Twenty One Pilots, easy. They seem like great guys and in every show they invite the support act on to play a few well known covers with them. We could smash a Titanic cover for sure!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a difficult one, in some ways it’s worse but in other ways it’s better. For example, it’s much harder now to make money from selling the music (damn streaming!), but on the other side making the music and making it available to everyone is easier than ever. There’s no way of telling whether it’s harder now, I suppose there were always challenges within the industry they are just different ones to face now.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
There was one gig where we bumped into what can only be described as our band’s doppelgängers, literally 3 people together who were the spit image of us, very surreal. It wasn’t the other band, now that would have been really weird.
What are your future plans?
We’re releasing our new single ‘Perfect Living’ on the 18th of January next year. We’re really excited about its release and the music video we’ve made for it is insane! Following that we’ll be releasing a few more singles throughout the year and then an EP in the summer.