The Who?

Little Grizzly finds itself, and its new album, somewhere along the way

"I never wanna fake it," Neal says. "When I'm up there screaming and crying and whatever, I mean, that's all completely real. And it got to a point where I felt like people were expecting it, and we all felt like people were expecting it. Colin was expecting that people wanted to hear him pound the shit out of his kit every time on every song. And that wall of noise from Matt, and Jake standing on the end of the stage, glaring at people. I think we all thought we were in danger of becoming caricatures of ourselves. But I like being in a really emotional band. I love playing live. I love bringing people in and having them connect right there with us, going on an emotional jaunt with us for an hour or however long we play. That's real important to me. That's the kind of music I grew up on: really emotional rock. You know, The Who and...The Who." He laughs.

"I think it's important to all of us," Barnhart says. "We don't wanna be perceived as coffeehouse folk singers either. That's kind of the difficult balance. You do wanna connect with people, you wanna have an impact, and you wanna play your music well. It's just a matter of us playing the songs right, and if that happens, then, more than likely, everything will fall into place."

The Band meets Hüsker Dü: Little Grizzly is, from left, Howard Draper, George Neal, Colin Carter, Matt Barnhart and Jacob Barnhart.
Rebecca Brown
The Band meets Hüsker Dü: Little Grizzly is, from left, Howard Draper, George Neal, Colin Carter, Matt Barnhart and Jacob Barnhart.
The Band meets Hüsker Dü: Little Grizzly is, from left, Howard Draper, George Neal, Colin Carter, Matt Barnhart and Jacob Barnhart.
Rebecca Brown
The Band meets Hüsker Dü: Little Grizzly is, from left, Howard Draper, George Neal, Colin Carter, Matt Barnhart and Jacob Barnhart.

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