Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A chat with Bear Rinehart of Needtobreathe

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM

The last time I spoke with Bear Rinehart, lead singer of the band Needtobreathe, he was excited that the band was finally starting to play larger venues. Its first trips to Charlotte were to venues like the Neighborhood Theatre. In April, they were able to sell out the larger Amos’.

This time around, it’s the Fillmore — Oct. 28. “It’s really insane,” says an excited Bear. “When this thing started 10 years ago, we were amazed to see the crowd go from 20 people to 50. Now, we’re selling out legit venues. It’s unbelievable.”

And larger venues isn’t the only thing that’s changed since we last saw the group in April. The band just returned from a trip to Europe to promote its highly successful, critically acclaimed album The Outsiders.

“Europe was wild,” Bear explains. “We’d never been before and had no idea what to expect. The album literally was released just a few days before we got there so we weren’t sure what type of response we’d have. It was great. Everyone knew the songs and had been listening to our old album The Heat for years. The response was amazing. We were blown away.”

As the group continues to tour, the grassroots campaign that seems to follow them has grown. As Rinehart describes, “It’s really incredible. Our music is played on so many different types of radio. From up-and-coming, to Christian, to pop, to Americana — our music is really diverse. And that’s what makes the show so unique. It’s not one song that brings people to see us; it’s the body of work we’ve put together.”

And for those diehard fans that are clamoring for the next album, Bear offers a glimpse at the not-so-distant future. “As soon as this tour ends, we are off the road, straight to the studio. We’ve written a lot of the songs already and just can’t wait to get them recorded. We’ll start in January/ February and should have the album out next fall. This is really going to be our career-defining album. We’re excited and we think it’ll be the best yet.”

And while the band’s popularity has grown, so has its live show. “The

show this time is really ridiculous. We’ve got an entire tractor trailer full of stuff to set-up which is unreal. We’re playing new stuff, old stuff, stuff you’ve never heard before. Our goal was to start selling out the places we started out in, and we’ve done that. Now we’re trying to see just how big of a show we can put on” explains Bear.

And what kind of show can you expect at The Fillmore tomorrow night? As

Bear describes it — “It’s our biggest, loudest, most energy filled show yet. We really want to give the fans a great show in appreciation for the support

they’ve shown. We got a whole stage set-up, and we’re playing all our best stuff in ways you’ve never heard it before. It’s going to be special – let’s just leave it at that.”

NeedtoBreathe will play at the Fillmore tomorrow night at 7pm.

With The Daylights.

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