Spotlight on Marvest: Scary Bear Soundtrack

September 13th, 2017 by  |  Published in Interviews, News, Show Announcements  |  1 Comment

Scary Bear Soundtrack. Photo credit:  Jessica Deeks

Scary Bear Soundtrack. Photo credit: Jessica Deeks

Spotlight on Marvest will introduce you to the talented music makers in Ottawa performing FREE! shows as part of the Marvest offshoot of CityFolk.

Scary Bear Soundtrack

Friday Sept 15, 2017 – 10:00 PM – Arrow & Loon Pub (99 Fifth Ave)

What was your reaction to the news you’d be a part of Marvest and who was the first person you told?
We were pleasantly surprised – it’s been a great year of performing at festivals for us and we’re stoked that our festival season will continue. I don’t remember who the first person I told, but it was probably my bandmates to see if they were free to play the show.

Please describe your sound.
Scary Bear Soundtrack is an Ottawa-based indie dream pop project fronted by multi-instrumentalist Gloria Guns, prominently featuring synths, layered vocal harmonies, and reverb guitar sounds processed through chorus pedals and vintage amps.

How did you get started on your musical journey?
My mother put me into classical piano lessons when I was five years old, as many Korean parents do. I learned a lot of important skills, gave up piano for a while to take up the electric guitar as a rebellious teen, and then returned to keyboards as an indie synth pop musician. Pretty sure that is not what my parents expected me to do with all of those Royal Conservatory of Music lessons, but I’m still grateful that they got me started.

What can music fans expect from your show? Will you be playing or releasing any new music?
Just for this show only, we’ll be doing a special performance as a three piece, so I’ll be playing both guitar and synths, sometimes at the same time, which should be fun to watch. We’ll definitely be playing at least one brand new song that we’re planning to record soon, and also a few old classics updated with a new twist, featuring 8-bit video game sounds. Also, on a whim, we decided to sing one of our original songs in French instead of English, just for fun.

What artists are you hoping to catch during this year’s Cityfolk and Marvest?
I’ve been listening to Broken Social Scene since I was a moody teen in high school, so I’m hoping it might be possible to catch some of their show. I’m also really looking forward to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and singing along really loudly to their song S.O.B. I would have enjoyed checking out Amanda Marshall since I have to confess that her self-titled album was totally my jam as a tween in the 90s, but we’ll be playing at the same time. Never thought before I’d have that conflict happen! No music fan should ever have to choose between Amanda Marshall and Scary Bear Soundtrack : )

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