In today's New Music Monday, PQ presents the hirsute disco stylings of the 2 Bears. If you've been out dancing in the last few years, you've certainly shook it to the sound of Joe Goddard's voice. The Hot Chip frontman wanted something to add some spice to the disco stew â€” so, he's teamed up with another bearded gentleman to celebrate the big boys on the dance floor with their new side project, the 2 Bears. The Guardian explains the duo's very queer origins:
The 2 Bears brings together Goddard and Raf Rundell, a club promoter and DJ. The pair bonded over a love of Sade and have covered the soul singer's "When Am I Going to Make a Living?" for their debut EP, Follow the Bears. Listening to Rundell's gruff voice replacing Sade's sultry tones, it's clear the duo may not take themselves entirely seriously. Their chosen name comes from the pair's facial hair and is a nod to a particular bearded gay sub-culture, Goddard admits. "I have been called a bear by many people over the years, not because of my sexuality, but simply my physical appearance," he says. Moreover, the title track's minimal, moody synths betray a deep-seated passion for house and underground disco. "I am currently enjoying lots of disco and house music that was originally created and championed by gay men," the Hot Chip founder agrees, "A lot of those influences find their way into 2 Bears, so the association with gay culture fits the project well."
The 2 Bears' album Be Strong was released a few months ago in the dead of winter; however, it's exceptionally summery music, full of retro synths and hand claps â€” the sort of club jams best enjoyed in a tank top. Judge for yourself and check out the videos for "Work," "Church," and "Bear Hug." What do you say? Tell us in the comments!