It’s rare for a band formed in the early 2000s to have survived the death of analog. Grizzly Bear was born at a time when CDs were still a thing — all the way back in the mostly-offline yesteryear of 2002. If that still seems like a few weeks ago, allow us to clarify: 2002 was 15 years ago. The word “Demogorgon” would have been gibberish, no one you knew had a smartphone, and and when we hated on our president, it was because he did things like flub famous sayings.
But as Grizzly Bear grew from a casual project of singer-songwriter Ed Droste in the early 2000s, the world also became more connected. Grizzly Bear began releasing records in 2004 and hit their stride around 2008, the dawn of the music blog’s dominance. It helped that their Brooklyn location was becoming known for breeding next big things, and making a fan out of public head nod Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood didn’t hurt, either. Hit records, music festivals, and movie soundtracks followed.
After a four-year silence that spawned assumptions of dissolution, they’re back from the dead. They did a lot in their time away: got married, got divorced, had kids — and they came back to the songwriting process with plenty of fresh material. They’re over a decade old, they’re not a nostalgia act. Their sound, however, has always looked to the past: notes of doo-wop and ’60s-era surf harmonies are their hallmark.
Currently touring in support of their latest record Painted Ruins, they’re also bringing along Headcount.org, an organization that places voter registration stations at concerts and live events, on tour with them. Catch their hotly anticipated comeback tour — and if you’re not registered to vote, what are you waiting for? — when it stops in San Francisco at the Warfield for two nights.
December 11 + 12, 2017