How would you describe your music?
Heavy psychedelic rock with lots of ambience, space and drive. We’re constantly evolving and getting better. It’s a really fun type of music to play, between the rigid song structures and the possibilities for improvisation.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Mondo Bear as a project began sometime in 2018, as the culmination of another project by our drummer Vebjorn and singer/guitarist Erik. With two new members, Anders on guitar and Sondre on bass, we quickly started writing these longer, slow songs. Most of the process was taking song ideas and adding some kind of ambience and atmosphere to them. Using different effects to carve out a sound that we felt happy with. The first album is a collection of the first songs we’ve written together that we thought sounded good enough for an album. It’s an amalgam of our different tastes in music.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Most our influences are the greats of the 60s and 70s. The more contemporary stuff is quite varied. Erik, our singer/guitarist has an affection for Lana Del Ray and Pink Floyd while the rest of the band is into anything from old school heavy metal to jazz, krautrock, fusion, soul/rnb, etc.
What inspires you?
Anything from people around us, to musical contemporaries and different kinds of art, film, etc. Most of the stuff you think about and get inspired by, often comes out in random conversations with people you meet. That, and the world being a bit screwed. Great art in difficult times or something like that.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We write in our rehearsal space usually. Most of the ideas that songs are built on is written by someone in the band at home, and then that idea gets expanded on at the next rehearsal. We usually spend a lot of time on every song, so if we go into the studio, we like to have the music more or less a 100% done and thought out. Although, you do get bitten by studio madness now and then. A lot of the keyboard, synth and ad lib ambient guitar stuff on the album is a result of that.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Criminal, the last song on the album, that’s usually the close of the set. Just a surge of energy getting through that song and landing on this blanket of ambient noise. Also any of the new songs, the new stuff is always entertaining to do live.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Touring with bands like King Gizzard and The Lizzard Wizzard, Pond or any big psych rock band would be a blast.
What are your future plans?
Touring and writing more music. Playing as much as possible.