B.C. Band Plays the Bailey
by CAROLYN VENTER
This Oct. 22nd you are in for a treat. For only 15 dollars you can share the company of a band that calls themselves, the Lion Bear Fox. To put that in layman’s terms, that’s the same price as a formal ticket or a pillow with Nicholas Cage’s face on it (@amazon). The band hails from British Columbia and consists of Christopher Arruda (Lion), Cory Woodward (Bear), and Ryan McMahon (Fox). Unlike the Barenaked Ladies, this band believes in the importance of its image. Ryan says, “I don’t know if I would take us seriously if the Fox was up there in shorts and sandals.”
On the other hand, Ryan hadn’t heard of the term beard grooming before, so how hip can they really be?
When I asked how the band got together Ryan told me he “had invited Chris and Cory to go on a Mr. Sensitive acoustic tour with him” and that their band name had developed from each of their spirit animals. Too ashamed to ask them one of the most hated band questions of all time, I turned to their Wikipedia page, which describes their sound as ‘folk rock’. Unfortunately, Wikipedia couldn’t give us the answer to Ryan’s least favourite interview question, “Boxers or Briefs?”
He did, however, tell us that he has a ‘nook’ of baseball cards in his basement, and that his favourite artists as of late are Will Hoge and Blake Mills (if you know who those people are, you are a better person than I).
Not unlike many of us spending thousands of dollars on a degree from a liberal arts college, the band defines success as “being able to make a comfortable living while still doing what [you] love.” When I asked Ryan why people should come out and see their show he stated, “We’re all just trying to become better people than we were the day before, and a lot of the themes in our songs describe just that.” So if you don’t care about being a good person, looking cool, or having fun, then this just isn’t your show. As for the rest of you, I’ll see you at the Bailey on Oct. 22nd at 8 pm!