What's on your rider?


Andrew Davie of Bear's Den

What’s on your rider?Beer, whiskey, apples, peanut butter (crunchy).

How do you get to the gig – limo, taxi, walking?We trundle.

What’s the best gig you’ve been to?It was upstairs in an Indian restaurant. I was doing some session work for a Liverpool duo called TJ Murphy. We thought we were the only band on the bill. Turns out we weren’t. The other acts were a duo called Eb Flow (whose showstopper was their self-penned hit, She’s Moody: “She shoots moody beams from her moody gun”, with the appropriate hand gestures), a guy called Ogo, and the proprietor’s son, some sort of mute idiot savant who did some insane non-stop acoustic guitar shred for half an hour. It was surreal.

And the worst?See above.

Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs?Not really one of our gigs, but apparently Gerard Butler showed up to one of our parties at SXSW last year. Then he left, and some dude lit his face on fire. Our parties are pretty cool.

What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a gig ticket?Bears are rarely let into venues.

How many roadies does it take to change your lightbulbs (ie, how big is your entourage)?On our last two support tours our crew numbered between one and zero. We’re pretty self- sufficient.

Any useful stage tips?Remember what city you’re in.

What’s your best tour story?The whole Austin to Boston Tour was pretty amazing. From face-burning parties to shooting with black powder guns to playing Woodstock to breaking in to the hotel swimming pool on the last night of the tour with all the other bands and crew. It was pretty epic. And old VW camper vans were an amazing way of traversing and experiencing the US.

* In conversation with TONY CLAYTON-LEA. Bear’s Den play Whelan’s, Dublin on Wednesday

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