Howdy! Welcome back to our thrice weekly interview series. This time ’round we’re having a chat with Ryan Culligan, the guitarist of the super awesome local band, Bearings. The local pop-punkers have exploded onto the international scene in recent months and we’re super stoked he took the time to chat with us.
1. How would you describe your sound?
Our band draws inspiration from so many different artists. I’d say our sound is a mixture of it all. We grew up on pop punk but we’re into so many different things now. It’s exciting to see what our new songs will end up sounding like.
2. Who are your influences?
All of us have certain bands we individually love. We’re always showing each other new music as well. We currently draw a lot of influence from the 1975, Turnover, the story so far and the menzingers.
3. What’s on the horizon for Bearings in 2019/2020?
We’re currently working on new music right now and hope to hit the studio by late summer/fall!
4. What is your creative process?
Doug does a large role of the songwriting in the band. He always has great ideas that he’ll bring and then we’ll work on as a band to make it a Bearings song. Ideas can stem from everyone though and we all bring a different flair to the table when we’re recording the songs.
5. Where do you draw inspiration from?
So many different things. We all love music of course, but a few of us are into art, or photography, or being outdoors. It’s always refreshing knowing we draw inspiration from all different mediums.
6.How do you deal with nerves before a show?
I don’t get too nervous before playing shows anymore. It’s mostly just excitement and getting jittery. There are some shows that bring out nerves though, just depends on the circumstance.
7. Fave venue in Ottawa?
Ask a punk! We’ve been going there for years and it always feels like a family with everybody at the show.
8. Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?
I one time saw Collin Hanes jump into the pit like a wild man and growl at me in pure anarchy. Guy is a menace.
9. If you could tour/play a show with any line up who would it be?
Blink-182, Metallica and Turnover. I can’t imagine a better tour.
10. Advice for new musicians/band
Go to as many shows in your community as you can and start meeting people. Networking is so important in our industry. Also go play in all your surrounding markets as often as you can and start building a name for yourself.
11. Any shout outs you want to make?
Shoutout to Nighttime in Kansas, they’re doing great things and I’m very excited to see where they push themselves in the next few years.
12. Any links or social media you want people to visit?
Twitter/Instagram: @bearingsband, facebook: @bearingsisaband