FROM: OTTOWA | FOR FANS OF: LIKE PACIFIC, SEAWAY

WORDS: JO COSGROVE

Touring in a new country can be exciting for an up-and-coming act. For Canadian pop punkers Bearings, there was one unexpected comment about the UK from lead vocalist Doug Cousins – “there’s a lot of beautiful architecture.” Touring with Set It Off recently, the band spent a large amount of time in the UK and it seemed did gain some favourite cities. “Glasgow is awesome. Ireland is real cool.” And very quickly, it became evident that Cousins had a specific favourite: “Manchester…we had a good time in Manchester. Manchester was dope.”

So it’s official: Bearings loves Manchester. But how does it measure up to their home and native Canada? “It’s tough to compare.” However, there is something the British fans do different to the hometown fans: “They’re definitely not afraid to sing all the words and be into it; whereas back home, I feel like it’s a little more reserved…There’s a different vibe. Fans in Toronto are awesome though, they’re nuts…They’re so happy.”

“WHEN WE STARTED IT WAS TOUGH…WE JUST PLAYED OUR FRIENDS HOUSES”

It seemed that even between towns and cities, the differences were major. When asked about the scene in Ottawa, where the band is based, Cousins admitted it was quiet. “There wasn’t the same community or scene that Toronto has. There was a band here and there that might tour but there weren’t any bands to look at…When we started, it was tough,” he reminisced. “We just played our friends’ houses.”

But as time passed and their recognition increased, it changed how the band wrote their music. “People want a bit of a show. For the new record, we tried to put songs together that transition nicely…We think a little bit more about the live show, even when writing..If you’re coming out to a show, you’ll hear the songs you wanna hear.”

Reflecting on the SIO tour, Cousins spoke highly of the “receptive” fanbase. “Playing to them is really cool because they’re not coming here, like “I only want to hear one set”.” He was pleased with the crowds: “They make it fun for us every night.” And before wrapping up, he had one last statement about the fans: “A huge thanks to those kids that come out to the show at 6 o’clock…they might not know a single song by us, but they dance and sing along when they can.”

Bearings recently smashed a set at Groezrock and their album ‘Blue In The Dark’ is out now via Pure Noise Records.

 

 

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