Amerikan Bear is getting ready to release their debut album. The Vista-based psychedelic rock band has previously released a handful of singles and EPs, but their self-titled release marks their first proper full-length. The tracks have already been released digitally, via Bandcamp, but in a couple weeks, the album will have a proper physical release on vinyl in North America and Europe.

"We're going to be putting it out on vinyl first. That's the way it's intended to be heard," says singer and guitarist Nathan Wettstead, in a phone interview. "We're going to see how that works, and if it does well, if you want it on CD, well, you'll just have to wait a little bit."

Wettstead says the album was recorded mostly in analog, to reflect what Amerikan Bear sounds like when they perform live. And as soon as the album is released, they'll be ready to do some more recording. But the band will seek out label support for the next release.

"We're sitting on 30 more songs that we're trying to get out," he says. "We've been doing things DIY for a few years. It's something you can only do for so long."

The road to getting this album out was fraught with difficulties. This is actually the second album they recorded, after the first session went awry.

"We had plans to release an album before," Wettstead says. "We were recording up in Santa Barbara, but the reels ended up being stolen by the producer. So, this is technically our second album. The first one will never be released. There was a year-and-a-half delay because of that mishap."

Amerikan Bear plays July 18 at Til-Two Club.


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