Bear Lake

Bear Lake

 Troy, Michigan, USA
BandPop

Bear Lake's If You Were Me is now rotation in over 50 markets nationwide, hits #127 on CMJ Top 200, charting 5 weeks in a row and is #3 on the self-rel. chart! Catch our music on major network shows including One Tree Hill, Bones, The Gates, Melrose Place, Rookie Blue and more coming this fall!


Biography

Prime time music placements in some of your favorite shows, sold out performances, headlining festivals, opening for national acts, and a fan base that spans the globe...and that was only Bear Lake's last year. The highly anticipated release of If You Were Me has already met fans with much satisfaction and has them begging for more Bear Lake. Radio stations' phones are ringing off the hook with requests for the single, Scissors, which has debuted at #16 on the CMJ Add Charts after just 1 week and at #147 in the CMJ Top 200 after only 3 weeks of national radio play. Now, Bear Lake is in rotation in over 50 markets nationwide and sits at #127 on the CMJ Top 200, receiving Top 5 airplay in some of the biggest markets in the United States including Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. Rachel May of the Detroit Free Press calls the album "captivating from beginning to end," a true compliment from an accomplished musician and journalist.

Since they formed in January 2008, the members of Bear Lake have shared a common purpose: to make music that matters as a whole, where no one stands above any one else, and everyone has equal access to the spotlight. Five men from Metro Detroit in their late twenties, each bringing their own unique songwriting style to the table, found magic in the fusion of ideas, and harmony in their masterful, melancholy voices. They have been staunch friends since primary school, and bring their music to the masses with the passion and pride of a lifelong family business. They create a gutsy, new wave sound that marries the magic of Band of Horses, the epic might of early Radiohead and the pop sensibility of Guster and Snow Patrol. Their incredible energy draws listeners in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories, and to their collaborative musical journey.

Bear Lake drew critical acclaim from its inception, and Hollywood quickly took note. In the past year alone, Bear Lake has been featured on music-driven network shows such as One Tree Hill, Bones and Melrose Place, as well as Abc’s The Gates and Rookie Blue. They were also placed in Josh Radnor’s (How I Met Your Mother) writing/directing debut film and Sundance 2010 award winner, “Happythankyoumoreplease” starring Malin Ackerman, Kate Mara, Tony Hale and Radnor himself . The band is looking forward to heavy touring in 2011 in support of their newest album release, including shows with Bedouin Soundclash, Tonic, Rick Springfield, Gin Blossoms and more.

Thanks for listening; we hope you enjoy.

If You Were Me, Places on the Side and Catch the Sun can be purchased on both I-tunes and CDbaby.

Band Contact:
Joe Bellanca (586) 212-6506
jb@grandcircusmedia.com

Publicity:
Janelle Rogers
Green Light Go
877.208.6194 X1
janelle@glgpub.com

Radio Contact:Pirate!
Steve - 617.256.8709
Doug - 617.571.8043
Canada - 978.621.4322
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Bear Lake currently in rotation on the stations listed below. If you don't see your favorite radio station, be sure to call in and request Bear Lake!

SomaFM - San Fransisco
WPRK - Orlando, FL
KLSU - Baton Rouge, LA
WPMG - Portland, Maine
KTCU - Dallas, TX
WPCD - Champaign, IL
KTSW - Austin, TX
WESS - Wilkes-Barre, PA
WRKC - Wilkes-Barre, PA
WRSU - New York,NY
WWHR - Bowling Green, KY
WLUW - Chicago, IL
WXAV - Chicago, IL
KSHU - Houston, TX
KURA - Grand Junction, CO
WOJB - Duluth, MN
WUML - Boston, MA
BIRN - Boston, MA
WMUC - Washington DC
WSYC - Washington DC
WKDU - Philadelphia, PA
WRUW - Cleveland, OH
WKWZ - New York, NY
WMBR - Boston, MA
WMSE - Milwaukee, WI
WCVF - Buffalo, NY
WECI - Dayton, OH
WNHU - Hartford, CT
WRUR - Rochester, NY
WTCC - Springfield, MA
WVOF - New York, NY
WZMB - Greenville, NC
WMVL - New York, NY
KDHX - St. Louis, MO
KRNU - Lincoln, NE
KXSC - Los Angeles, CA
WBCR - Madison, WI
89X - CIMX - Detroit, MI
101.9 FM WDET - Detroit, MI
WSOU - New York, NY
KFMA - Tuscon, AZ
KACV - Amarillo, TX
KPNT - St. Lo

Lyrics

Faded

Written By: Bear Lake

Another day is passing bye and leaving. The crowd in here, that once was real but now is...

{Chorus}
Faded couldn't take another night in this room. Collapsing all around us as I learn another truth: Sleeping in is better than reality. And patience is so dangerous when you've got shit to do.

Afraid to look, these windows pale and blinding. Perfect to cook. This blackened spoon will make us...

{Chorus}
Faded couldn't take another night in this room. Collapsing all around us as I learn another truth: Sleeping in is better than reality. And patience is so dangerous when you've got shit to do.

Catch the Sun

Written By: Bear Lake

I put the pedal down, and I ride. I look around on both inside and outside. I lean against the wheel and I slide. I have been cut into pieces of my own mind.

{Chorus}
And it's real though I feel the sorrow. It might be a tribulation I know. but if our bruises heal up tomorrow, it could be so fine; we could leave in time to catch the sun.

I put the signal on, and get on the interstate; looking back to better days from where I came. I go from 91 and make a stop. i buy some caffeine filled trucker pills to wake us up.

{Chorus}
And it's real though I feel the sorrow. It might be a tribulation I know. but if our bruises heal up tomorrow, it could be so fine; we could leave in time to catch the sun.

I Quit

Written By: Bear Lake

Verse:
She calls a name, wandering back to someone who was better.
I know she's out to blame, crawling around and searching for a tether.
And if everyone was around, they would tell her that she should know better.
I didn't even make a sound, letting it out and screaming.

Chorus:
Oh my over again
Somehow it's bound to bend
and I know who{repeat}

Smile

Written By: Bear Lake

{verse}
Everybody's making cereal; sitting back on the time they'll spend today.
Gravity will push until your out of touch soon with all the reasons you had why you should stay.
{prechorus}
And I'll be back in seven hours with calloused hands and failing powers
You know it will start raining after dark. You try to will yourself to sleep the more you try the more you think about all the time wasted on your mind.
{Chorus}
Hoping for the day the farmer's waiting for the sun to rise up hoping for the day the farmer's waiting for the sun to rise and
{verse II}
When you finally get to sleep the croppers still keep bailing wheat; the rain never comes, fading your green thumbs and the body next to you is warm, like the calm before the storm
Your legs they feel numb, the rains they still don't come
{Chorus II}
But everybody's making cereal and calling you to stay 'til life is gone.
Conversation starts then it ends abruptly, your alone with your thoughts out on parade.

Places on the Side

Written By: Bear Lake

{Verse I}
You're not even there; I'm losing my mind. The lights will feel better if you give them some time. Thinkin it's right; I know I've gone wrong. People are staring at the notes on the wall.

{Chorus}
All the kids are leaning on the radio. Swivel back and forth until it's right for them.

{Verse II}
I'm not even there, but give me some time. I think it's better if it's out of your mind. Hoping they're there, and you're not alone. People are crawling through the crowd of your home.

{Chorus x2}
All the kids are broken, busted, scared as hell. Finding who they are inside their radios.

{Outro}
And you wake up winding round like veterans. And you cannot speak or make a difference. With a long walk home to find out you were wrong. And you can't see, you can't be the places on the side. You cannot be the places on the side.

Traverse City

Written By: Bear Lake

{Chorus}
Traverse City's gonna be our way out until we find our way home. With smokes from the corner store and a bottle of whiskey if you're concerned. The sun shines forever and the nights are long now my eyes droop down as our bodies buzz.

{Verse}
The feeling's here, and heads are winding. With everyone near, expressions unclear, and the foggy stones draped by our toes made us look up into our minds. We climb up there just to see what we can find.

You're Only Waiting

Written By: Bear Lake

And you said what you wanted was something perfect more than you could understand. But you might be around for hours over, under, through, and back again. And the way and the want and the holes you punch out trying to understand.
You're only Waiting...
She said no one is perfect everybody fights to feel again. But you'd like to believe in something feeling like you never had a hand. And you don't like to be what they said you were you only just pretend.
You're only Waiting...
To build yourself another limit, out of touch but still within it. You're only waiting. Crawling into other holes you've seen enough to know it all. You're only waiting.
And getting back at somebody who knows you're name but you know better. You would like to think you made a mark on someone live and sober but You're only waiting.

The Victor

Written By: Bear Lake

Sounds the horn and cries out loud. One more vicious battle cry; wise men are plowed by the one who knew the best. Says now follow me again. Speak in foolish phrases to the promised land for the one who knew the best.
May seem insincere sitting here, I don't care I know there is someone who's got to die. And if you had a clue, you would feel that way too there's somebody who's waiting on your side.
Sounds the horn just one last time. March onward to victory; men fall in line for the one who knew the best. It's one last bludgeoning ballet. All the kings and orphans and all the queen's been slain by the one who knew the best.
May seem insincere sitting here, I don't care I know there is someone who's got to die. And if you had a clue, you would feel that way too there's somebody who's waiting on your side.
He's trying hard not to show it. You're the one who knew the best. He's the one who failed the rest.

Discography

"If You Were Me" May 2011
"Places on the Side" January 2009
"Catch the Sun" Copyright Bear Lake Music 2008

Set List

We prefer to play solely original music, but we do have a massive list covers if needed.
set lists vary.
sets can be as long as 2 hrs.
prefer 45min-1hr.
4 hours of music if necessary.