Music / Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear is an indie folk-rock-baroque pop band based in Brooklyn, New York, mostly known for their sleepy, dreamlike sound and four-part harmonies. The band consists of Edward Droste (lead vocals, guitar/keyboards), Daniel Rossen (lead vocals, lead guitar, piano), Chris Taylor (backing vocals/bass/saxophone/flute/clarinet/whatever), and Christopher Bear (backing vocals/drums/percussion/keyboards).The band originally began as a solo project for Ed Droste in 2004 (with additional help from Chris Bear) with Horn of Plenty. A full band was formed shortly after, culminating in the release of Yellow House (2006). Their next work, Veckatimest (2009), was met with wide critical acclaim, topping several best-of-the-year/decade charts. This praise continued into 2012 with the release of Shields.

Grizzly Bear contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adorkable: Everyone in the band has their moments.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Chris Taylor and Chris Bear are usually referred to as "T" and "Bear" by both their bandmates and fans.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Averted. Chris Bear is rather charming and is often noted to be the most handsome member of the band.
  • Ambiguously Bi: All of them except Ed, who is openly gay.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Ed (6'4) and Dan, respectively.
  • Big Rock Ending: In "Yet Again"
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Averted with their cover of The Crystals’ "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)".
  • Deadpan Snarker: All of them are prone to this, especially when faced with less-than-bright or annoying interviewers.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: At this point an artist who covers "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" knows what they're getting into.
  • Echoing Acoustics: Primarily on Yellow House and Veckatimest. Justified on Veckatimest, as a substantial portion was recorded in a church.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Sanguine - Ed.
    • Choleric - Chris Taylor.
    • Melancholic - Dan,
    • Phlegmatic - Chris Bear.
  • Genre-Busting: It’s hard to describe their sound in simple terms.
  • Harmony: One of their signature elements.
  • I Am the Band: Played with. Started as Ed's solo home recording project. He hired Chris Bear to add drums to Horn of Plenty and then set about forming an actual band.
  • Instrumentals: "Adelm."
  • Limited Lyrics Song: "Colorado.”
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Two Weeks", "Fine For Now", "I Live With You", "Hold Still", "Sleeping Ute", "Half Gate", and "The Hunt", to name a few.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Lampshaded by Stephen Colbert, who described the animal as “[a] godless killing machine” and the band as "not too scary."
    • Another article describes them as “more like otters than bears.”
    • In general, all four members are very shy, polite, and sweet.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Solange Knowles, of all people. Jay and Bey were seen at a Grizzly Bear show in 2009, with Jay going as far to proclaim that they were "a serious threat to hip-hop."
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Chris Taylor and Chris Bear.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Ed’s rich, often low tone contrasts with his soft, lispy speaking voice.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: The ironically titled "Cheerleader":
    I'm cheerleading myself
    I should have made it matter.
  • Surreal Music Video:
  • Team Mom: Chris Taylor, who has been described as the band's "cheerleader and therapist."
  • Textless Album Cover: Shields.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Ed and Dan.
  • Voice Types: All four lean toward the high end of the scale.
    • Tenor - Ed, Dan, Chris Bear
    • Countertenor - Chris Taylor