Squamish Valley Music Festival Band of the Day: Bear Mountain

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      Like Christmas when it gets to be the end of November, and Easter when the trees start to sprout leaves after a long winter, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here. Just so there’s no confusion, we’re not talking the night when the fat bearded guy stuffs himself down the chimney or when a white rabbit breaks into the house to strew chocolate offspring and rainbow coloured eggs everywhere.

      No, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8-10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big day, we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing this year’s event, and getting them to answer some important questions.

      Like who they’ll be cueing up on the iPod for the Sea to Sky drive to the site, what they’ll be making sure to pack to make it through their set, the all-time dream festival lineup, and who they plan to stalk backstage. And that’s just the start of our probing. Read on, but not before you pick up your Squamish Valley Music Festival ticket. The last thing you want to miss is today’s featured local artist....

      Don't be fooled by the rural-sounding name: Bear Mountain's brand of synth pop is the sort of sleek, urbane music that makes you think that maybe we're not living in a cultural backwater after all. Frontman Ian Bevis was kind enough to respond to our questionnaire.

      Sea To Sky Playlist

      • Disclosure, "F for U"
        To get the party going.
      • TEED, "Garden"
        To keep the party going.
      • D’Angelo, "Devil’s Pie"
        To make the party sexy.
      • Breach, "Jack"
        To make the party dance.
      • Jeans Team, "Keine Melodien"
        To make the party German.
      • Bob Seger, "Night Moves"
        To make the party sing along.
      • Major Lazer, "Jah No Partial"
        To make the party twerk.
      • Flume, "Holdin On"
        To make the party groovy.
      • The Belle Game, "Wait Up for You"
        To keep it local.
      • Marvin Gaye, "Got to Give It Up"
        To make the party even sexier.

      Outdoor essentials:

      Those Ewok heads and fuzzy knee-high boots. It’s not a music festival without them. Or angel wings and face-paint. You decide. Either way someone needs to look like a mythical forest creature. 

      We'd Love to Hang With:

      Dan Boeckner from Divine Fits. I’d probably tell him how much I like all of his bands and then he would get creeped out and walk away. I’d probably go back an hour later and bum a cigarrette off of him even though I don’t smoke.

      First Festival Experience:

      I was 18 at the Gorge in Washington. I was drinking in the campground and got stopped by the cops. Trying to be as smooth as possible, I explained that I was just holding the beer in my hand for my older cousin, and turned and pointed at some older dude a few feet away. Catching the hint the guy turned and said, “Thanks for holding my beer, man,” and the cop let me go.

      As stellar As This Year’s Squamish Bill is, What’s Your Fantasy Fest Line-up?

      I would say Hologram everything. Hologram Tupac, Hologram LCD Soundsystem, Hologram Daft Punk. It would be a virtual festival where you can then just hologram yourself in for a few songs and then as soon as you start feeling uncomfortable you can just go back to watching The Mindy Project at home. 

      What's Your Official Rider Request?

      We keep it pretty simple. Chips, salsa, water, towels, and an 8-ball. 

      Trivia time: What’s Squamish’s official slogan?

      "At least it’s not Chiliwack!" 

      The Festival takes place at Hendrickson Fields & Logger Sports Ground. Quick—what’s your favourite logger sport?

      My favourite logger sport is the one where the two guys put on wedding dresses and see which one can shotgun beer the fastest. That’s a logging sport, right?

      Bear Mountain plays the Squamish Valley Music Festival’s Market Square Stage at 11 p.m. on Saturday (August 10).