Two Bears North

Two Bears North

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
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Two Bears North boasts an impressive live show filled with energy, passion, and danceable, upbeat songs. Their debut album, Comeocean, was named number 1 album in Edmonton for 2013 by gigcity.ca. In 2014 the band signed to DevilDuck Records based in Hamburg and has since toured Germany 3 times this year, including showcases at Reeperbahn Fest. "Tight, punchy, pop-rock replete with melodic hooks, intricate rhythms and some inexplicable/intangible quality that makes it all so utterly charming."

Biography

Two Bears North is a father’s humorous euphemism for bipolar (Two = Bi Bears North = Polar (Bears)), playfully taken up by his daughter and brought forth to describe a musical collision of yin and yang. Helmed by bassist Melissa Walker and guitarist/vocalist Sophie Heppell, with Nich Davies on drums, Two Bears North has made waves in Edmonton, Canada, and they are poised to surf the sonic tsunami to wherever it may take them.

As hinted at by the band name’s allusion to bipolarity, the music of Two Bears North is an ebb and flow of swirling opposites; playing an infectious blend of funk-flavoured indie-folk and progressive pop - Sophie’s melodies are punctuated by Melissa’s rhythms and grooves. While their sound tends to lightness in tone, the lyrical messages can be quite personal, sometimes vulnerable, and even a shade dark at times. 

The band is currently one of the top 12 bands in Alberta, chosen to compete in The Peak Performance Project to win an $100,953 trust fund to put towards their artist development.  Notable performances of 2015 include:  Reeperbahn Festival, Breakout West, Music On The Mountain Festival, Vancouver Pride Festival,  Edmonton Pride Festival, Canadian Music Week, and two unofficial showcases at SXSW.  As if these appearances were not enough to illustrate the band’s prowess and dedication, Two Bears North earned “best album” accolades from gigcity.ca for Comeocean, their debut offering; they also won the “People’s Choice” category at the Edmonton Music Awards in 2014. In October 2014, they signed with German label DevilDuck Records and re-released their album in May 2015, supporting it with a tour in Germany that swept through cities including Berlin, Hamburg, and Hannover.

Two Bears North will be working with producer/engineer Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, Mother Mother) in January 2016 on a follow up full length to Comeocean set for release in September 2016.

Lyrics

Bipolar Princess

Written By: Sophie Heppell

Those two voices
Are causing a commotion.
Those two voices (two voices)
Are causing a commotion in my head.
One is rhyme (one is rhyme)
But the other isn’t reason-
Committing crimes (committing crimes)
And other acts of treason.
My head and heart (head and heart)
Are causing a commotion.
My head and heart (head and heart)
Are causing a commotion in my bed.
One is black (one is black)
And the other craves reaction-
Biting backs (biting backs)
Until the satisfaction has been fed.
I’m the bipolar princess who is bearing witness
To the battle between man, wife, and mistress.
The mistakes of misplaced feelings from embrace
Reveal themselves all over my face.
I’m facing the facts between love and attraction-
The risks that we take just to get some action.
I’m acting one way and I’m thinking another
I’m telling you lies ‘til the truth gets discovered.
My words are acts (words and acts)
Are causing a commotion.
To all of those (all of those)
Poor souls who I seem to have misled.
I meant no harm (meant no harm)
My reality’s a thin line
So I put on (I put on)
Another skin of mine that I can’t shed.

Ashtray (This! Feels! So! Real!)

Written By: Sophie Heppell

Stayed up all night with you and said
“Please let me in into the sin in your head.”
You’re seeing red, my heart has bled,
I’m trapped, wrapped up between the sheets in your bed.
(wrapped up between the sheets in your bed)
Poetry you say to me- I’m hanging onto every word that you’ve said.
Philosophies, ideologies; You impress me with the books that you’ve read.
My eyes are bleary grey (This! Feels!)
My hair’s in disarray (So! Real!)
And my mouth’s an ashtray
‘Cause you’ve led me astray. (This! Feels!)
(This! Feels! So! Real!)
My hands are tied up like your tongue
I’ve cried for all the things that we have done.
(I have cried for all the things we’ve done)
Up comes the sun we haven’t slept
The curtains hide what’s going on inside.
I feel you lying by my side- this feels so real- this isn’t contrived.
(feels so real this isn’t contrived)
And just because you think we’ve failed
It really doesn’t mean we haven’t tried.
You’re spending all I pay (This! Feels!)
My days are all replayed (So! Real!)
And my mouth’s an ashtray
‘Cause you’ve led me astray. (This! Feels!)
(This! Feels! So! Real!)
I’m strung up just like a kite
You pull me back so I don’t start to take flight.
(Pull me back I don’t want to take flight)
I hold on to your hand tight
You squeeze mine back- hold on with all of your might.
(Please squeeze my hand with all of your might)
Here comes the night, to your delight it’s dark,
Thank god there isn’t any more light.
(Thank god there isn’t any more light)
I’m captivated once again with the words that you begin to recite.
(Captivated With! Your! Words!)
You mould me like I’m clay (This! Feels!)
I mold and I decay (So! Real!)
And my mouth’s an ashtray
‘Cause you’ve led me astray. (This! Feels!)
(This! Feels! So! Real!)

Front Seat

Written By: Sophie Heppell

I’m looking for adventure
I’m looking for some insight
I’m looking for a way to leave.
Im searching for an answer
I’m searching for some sunlight
I’m searching for the great escape.
So let’s go-
Take me anywhere you wanna see
Take me anywhere that I don’t know
I’ll be happy
In the front seat.
Go-
Take me anywhere you wanna be
I’m just looking for a chance to grow
I’ll be happy
In the front seat.
Don’t want to be walking
On the safe side of the street-
Taking risks, not taking defeat.
I want to find some trouble-
Give me some of that good kind!
Liberation’s always on my mind.
So let’s go-
Take me anywhere you wanna see
Take me anywhere that I don’t know
(Take me for a ride)
I’ll be happy
In the front seat.
Go- (Take me for a ride)
Take me anywhere you wanna be
I’m just looking for a chance to grow
(Take me for a ride)
I’ll be happy
In the front seat.
This pavement is a pathway
Non stop black top stretching miles
Take me to a place I feel worthwhile.
There’s mountains in the distance
Noble guides to my persistence
To get up and go-
Let’s get out of here!

Restless Feet

Written By: Sophie Heppell

Last night I had a dream that I was a roller coaster
Stuck on my track.
Spinning and rushing around-
But always ending up right back where I started.
My restless feet are moving under me
And there’s too many things that I wanna see
But I know we’ll meet again-
Meet again someday.
Well I’ve felt this way before
But this time I can’t ignore the tugging on my shirt sleeves.
This time we must both be brave so save your tears for something else
Believe me.
My restless feet are moving under me
And there’s too many things that I wanna see
But I know we’ll meet again-
Meet again someday.
And try to understand,
Please don’t let go of my hand,
I may be leaving this town
But I’m not leaving you.
I can’t stay here anymore
‘Cause every song I sing sounds like one I’ve sung before.
But every time you look my way
It just makes me wanna stay
So please look away.

Feet in Sand

Written By: Sophie Heppell

I need a change of scenery
I need a change.
What should I craft?
A boat or a raft?
To take us far away from here
(Take us far a)
We can start again my dear.
We’ll sail the ocean, more than certain,
It will take us to our new place
(Will take us to)
We will feel the warm embrace of
Sun on skin and feet in sand.
Scenery I need a change of you
Scenery I need.
What should I make
For us to take?
Around the world and back again-
(‘Round the world and)
I'll send some postcards now and then.
The past we won’t dwell
Say our farewells and
Journey on to our new place
(Journey on to)
We will feel the warm embrace of
Sun on skin and feet in
Change of scenery- That’s what I need!
Change of scenery
What should I pack
In my knapsack?
With you I’ll have all that I need
(You I’ll have all)
That’s the one thing I can concede.
We’ll live out our life
No pain nor strife
Just enjoying our new place
(Just enjoying)
We will feel the warm embrace of
Sun on skin and feet in sand.
Sun on skin
Feet in sand
We will journey to our new place.
Sun on skin
Feet in sand
We will feel your warm embrace.

Fishes

Written By: Sophie Heppell

Little tiny fishes
Swimming through my vision
The thought of this is abstract
But loving you is automatic.
Little tiny fishes
Swimming through my vision
The thought of this is abstract
But love is something oceanic.
The sweat upon my skin tastes just like the salty waters
That you are bathing in-
Your breath is like the wind.
And the tears that are flowing
Are just rivers for you to run in.
My eyes, they are glowing-
Greeny-blue they talk to you
And I can hardly see.
I can hardly see you
‘Cause my eyes are filling up.
I can hardly see you
‘Cause my eyes are filled with
The flower of my eye
Has lost its purple colour of a setting evening sky.
Now seaweed green can only mean that my eyes seem like the sea.
They only see the sea.
See only you and me-
But just barely.
My eyes are filling up with
My eyes are filling up with
My eyes are filling up with little tiny

This Idle Mind

Written By: Sophie Heppell

This idle mind’s a dangerous one.
All the things I’ve overcome
Are rushing back to haunt me now-
Hurrying to taunt me now.
This idle mind’s a dangerous one-
Twisting songs I haven’t sung,
Changing ends to stories never told,
Manipulate to fit a mould.
(I can’t afford my mind to wonder)
(I can’t afford my hands to wander)
Occupy my mind
(I can’t afford my mind to wonder)
Occupy my hands
(I can’t afford my hands to wander)
This idle mind’s a dangerous one.
I’m losing track of where I’m from
Can’t see the start nor what I’ve become.
A heavy heart upon my arm.
This idle mind’s a dangerous one-
So much damage it has done.
All the riddles I’ve been left to solve
‘Til my sin begins to be absolved.
My restlessness is overbearing
I am so prone to over sharing
Please keep my mind occupied.
I have been known to over think
I have been known to over drink
Please keep my mind occupied.
Keep my hands occupied.

Hold On

Written By: Sophie Heppell

I crave the presence of you,
Receive the presents from you,
I love you and I don’t even know you.
There is something between us,
Though there’s miles between us,
A screenplay in my mind I’ve written for us.
I’m losing my grip
I’m losing my grip
I’m losing my grip ‘cause of you.
And now, two worlds are colliding
And my heart isn’t hiding-
It’s sewn on to my coat for all to see.
And my head’s trapped in the cellar-
I need a fortune teller
To tell me all the facts that I’ve forgotten.
I’m losing my grip
(Hold on to)
I’m losing my grip
I’m losing my grip
(Hold on to)
‘Cause of you.
And so, the soothsayer said-
“It’s all just in your head,
Certainty has fled- she’s left the building.
You’ve let the truth waiver instead
And believed all you’ve read.
Sanity’s left unfed- she’s starving.”
Hold on to
Hold on to
Hold on to
Hold on to

Comeocean

Written By: Sophie Heppell

I have to express to you this important notion-
I’ve found that I have complete devotion to the ocean.
I’m in an emotional state.
We better get there, before it’s too late!
Don’t you see, you’re my sea
Your powerful waves crash ‘round me.
Your ebb and flow always show me
Where I should go, where I should go
Where I should go, where I should go.
Your vast expanses are always putting me in trances.
You’re an enchantress, your magic is automatic-
And like a gun you control my fate.
We better get there, before it’s too late!
You have been known to cause me some certain grief.
You’ve sunk my ships and crashed me on your barrier reef.
You have attacked me, come at me with all of your force-
With no remorse.
Your tides cause my insides to become weak with desire.
And I can not help but admire your strength against fire.
Our future together awaits-
We better get there, before it’s too late!

Get The Hell Out Of Here

Written By: Sophie Heppell

Can you hear the voices, hear the voices inside my head?
Can you hear the voice, hear the voices inside my head?
They are calling me- a chanting choir advocating change
They are telling me. They are telling me.

Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.
Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.

Can you see the footprints, footprints that I’ve made in the snow?
Can you see the footprints, footprints that I’ve made in the snow?
They are following me, following me everywhere I go.
They are following me, as I grow.

Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.
(Can you see them, see them?)
Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.
(I can see them, see them.)

Can you feel the tension- she’s building up her bricks nice and tall
Growing poison ivy, covering the cracks along the wall.
Can you feel the tension building up my body through my nerves
Shooting growing pains and triggering the fight or flight reserve.
Can you feel the swell the waves are crashing hard against the shore
Spraying ocean mist, a cleansing clarity I can’t ignore
Can you feel the swell her energy is flooding over me
I can feel the swell, inside of me.

Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.
(Can you feel them, feel them?)
Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.
(I can feel them, feel them.)
Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.
(Can you hear them, see then, feel them?)
Get the hell out of here, get the hell out of here.
(I can hear them, see them, feel them.)

Discography

Feet In Sand - (Single) - Nov 2012
Ashtray (This! Feels! So! Real!) - (Single) - Nov 2012

Comeocean - (Full length) - December 2013

Comeocean (Rerelease on DevilDuck Records with Euro Bonus Track) - May 2015

Monsters and DandyLions (Full length) - To be released 2016

Set List

2 45 minute sets of original material