Brooklyn-born quartet Grizzly Bear is arguably one of the most successful indie bands right now. Often compared to the Beach Boys, and it’s no wonder—the otherworldly harmonies of Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor and Christopher Bear seem to evaporate into the air moments after they are sung, sweet and breezy. The accompanying musical arrangements steer the songs’ moods, from melancholy to excited, forewarning to loving.
Outside of crossover indie smashes like Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Mumford & Sons, Grizzly Bear has been one of the most exciting new bands on the airwaves of 93XRT. In town for an XRT Show at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre late last month, the band commented on their financial struggle and how ‘success’ in the indie world still comes with tremendous day-to-day uncertainty.
Droste shared with vulture.com, “Obviously we’re surviving. Some of us have health insurance, some of us don’t, we basically all live in the same places, no one’s renting private jets. Come to your own conclusions.”
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