The Slow Cooked Bears, an underground trio from London, are releasing their follow-up to their debut single Space Odyssey. The band, comprised of James Gilbert (Vocals/Guitar), Hyunsu Lee (Bass) and Joshua Hack (Drums), fuse elements of Grunge, Synth-Pop and Post-Rock to make music. With their new single, The Grand Scheme, recently dropped, The Fountain caught up with the trio to discuss the single as well as the venues they are keen to begin playing again.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to The Grand Scheme?

Actually, we have been really happy with the response we got so far, we were a bit worried we were doing the right thing with the mask wearing and conspiracy imagery, though that was never the point as the song is really tongue in cheek introspective look at the role we all play in society’s shortcomings. I think there’s a bit of collective anger out there right now and it’s good time to release some more aggressive music.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

A provocative angsty anthem with a sometimes sleazy feel.

TF: What is your plan for 2021, after this release?

We are working really hard on our live show in the background to the current pandemic, when it becomes safe to have live music again, we are going to blow a few shocks off. In tandem to this, we are also excited to be working towards a full debut album.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

At the moment we love the intensity you get from playing small sweaty but authentic venues, like The Birds Nest in Deptford, London, and Biddle Bros in Hackney, London. Those are our two current favourites. Right now we’d play anywhere we could but post-pandemic we will be starting to branch out all over the UK.