The Bear Around Your Neck
The Bear Around Your Neck is Nathaniel Scott, a Manchester based singer songwriter.
His debut album ‘Big Shiver’ was a concept album about a child who is absorbed by the faith of Satanism. The album was recorded in Manchester and the Scottish Highlands in 2015, and produced by Moolah Rouge, The Bear was recommended to Colin and Norman McLeod by John Ainsworth, another artist they were producing at the time.
The Bear has been joined by Jay on drums and the pair have been gigging regularly, honing the powerful mix of Nathaniel’s haunting voice and superb guitar picking with Jay’s thrashing, gritty drums and delivering powerful performances across the North West.
The Bear released the first single of his sophomore release ‘She Doesn’t Like Insects’ on 1st May 2019, accompanied by trippy home produced video. The A side has tantalizing moments of early Nirvana and Radiohead which winds up to a head nodding, hair swaying crescendo before it dumps you broken on the floor.
The Bear’s songs are lyrically potent and melodically conscious, with words sitting on fuzzy arrangements of finger picking through distorted amplifiers. Taking inspiration from rock, grunge, art rock, country, folk, and psychedelic music.
The Bear Around Your Neck has a hypnotic style all his own and he designs his own artwork to go with it. With new music planned for release soon and gigging regularly round Manchester - The Bear is one to watch…
Q&A with Bob:
What are you listening to right now?
13th Floor Elevators
The Velvet Underground
Thee Oh Sees
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Modern Lovers
Townes Van Zandt
The Jesus and Mary Chain
What 3 albums could you not do without and why?
1. Raw Power - Iggy and The Stooges: the ruckus.
2. Hand it over - Dinosaur Jr: that fuzz melody
3. Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt :deep thinking country lyrics
4. Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: because it’s great.
All of these still keep me going, and there are definitely more.
Tell me about playing live? What does it feel like?
It feels trance like when you get “locked” into it.
What inspires your song-writing?
Things I see happening. skeletons, roses, critters, life experiences, thoughts and feelings.
Tell me about your first album…and tell me a little bit about your second body of work...
The guitar and vocals take up more space than the parts on the first record - it was more of psych-folk thing back then.
On the second body, lyrically, the new songs feel more organic, more in my own language. The overall sound is fuzzier and heavier but it’s more melodic.
Who do you play with / record with.
Nathaniel (Bear): Guitar and Vocals
Andy Fletcher, Colin McLeod, Naathaniel: Production
What is the song-writing experience like for you?
It develops bit by bit - a little piece at a time. I pick my guitar and put trippy images together from within and influences outside my mind. I usually have the guitar part down first. Then I take it to rehearsal and we haze out until it’s finished. Some songs just get written rapidly, like walk on their own.
What are your plans/ hopes and dreams for 2019?
Release new music and tour
Play a sample of each track below - follow the Spotify link at the bottom of the page to stream the full track.