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The eighteen months of Eatenbybears existence has been a chaotic, varied and exciting time - something that is mirrored in the music that they have come to create. Within six months of the bands inception, they graced the 'BBC Introducing' stage at the Tenants Vital Festival, sharing the bill with acts such as Eminem and Odd Future, as well as winning the opening slot on the Crawdaddy Stage at Electric Picnic via the Heineken 'Pick for the Picnic' competition. Following early singles 'Vanderhoof' and 'Spite Houses', they released their debut EP 'Teeth' to much acclaim, with contrasting tracks such as 'Malkovich' and 'Duchenne Smile' garnering substantial radio airtime in both Ireland and the U.K. February 2012 saw the band embark on their first Irish tour with 'Alarmist' and visual artists 'Le Tissier' and 'Slipdraft', all of which are a part of audiovisual collective Eleven Eleven. The tour made it's way around the country before culminating in a show in London's 'Cavendish Arms'.

The release of their new single 'Simple As Hell' marks a deviation from the wilfully frenetic sound of 'Teeth', instead embracing the frivolity of a summery pop song, but with their own unconventional take on the genre. It's with tracks like this that the band demonstrate their desire to explore and experiment with their sound as it develops and evolves. The track was accompanied by an off-beat beach themed video by 'House11 Productions', the team behind the bands first music video for 'Vanderhoof'. On a break from recording new material, the group ventured on their first European foray to Portugal alongside Belfast's 'Kasper Rosa', with both acts performing at Somfest before taking to the road to complete dates around the country.

We got the band to to serve up four of their heroes in advance of their live set at Forward/Slash this Thursday - more info here.

Battles

This is probably one of the most interesting live performances I've ever seen. If it wasn't for Battles and their re-defining of what a band can actually be and what sounds they can produce, I don't think Eatenbybears would ever have come into existence. They sound like nothing we'd ever heard before and this was our aim when we started as a band, to do something totally different. I think that our early more mathy and progressive sound, particularly our unconventional use of vocals was very much a result of repeat listenings to Battles debut album 'Mirrored'.

Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors)

This guy. THIS GUY. We love this guy. Dirty Projectors have proved with their last two full-length releases "Bitte Orca" and "Swing Lo Magellan" that pop music can be both interesting and hugely experimental. This video takes all the best elements of pop music & culture, Lynchian surrealism , classical music and hugely innovative and creative sound and video production to create something which looks and sounds like it's from another planet entirely, a planet where pop music and high concept art hang out on the beaches sipping Martinis and talking to reptilian suburban housewives.

Steven Ellison (A.K.A. Flying Lotus)

Over the two years of our existence as a band, we have slowly but surely been letting our interest in hip hop production subtly slip through to the foreground (especially with our newer material, such as the sub/synth drops in 'Your Pet Is Dead'). It was a tough call between J Dilla and Flying Lotus for this spot on our list of inspirations. In the end, it's gotta be Flying Lotus, because his work is so much more expansive than that of a hip hop producer. His multi-genre take on experimental electronic music verges on everything from bass to jazz to IDM and we'd like to think that this is something we touch on as a band, incorporating a little bit of every genre that influences us into our every release.

This Cat (in a Vase)

It's a cat. In a vase. We try not to take ourselves too seriously, a trap that can definitely limit creativity, especially in music. You really gotta have a sense of humour to get anywhere in life. Let this cat be an inspiration to us all.

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