Bicentennial Bear plays heart on their sleeves indie pop that is both smart and accessible. The Columbus quintet has released two critically lauded full-length LPs, including 2015’s Doubt and Distortion.
Bicentennial Bear is Adam Dowell (Bass), Jason Mowery (drums), Billy Peake (guitar & vocals), Sean Sefcik (guitar) and Leah Wahlin (viola, keys & vocals).
No one in the Afghan Whigs’ camp has confirmed or denied Bicentennial Bear’s claim that the 2011 holiday romp, “All I want for Christmas is an Afghan Whigs Reunion” was the impetus for the Whigs’ reunion tours and subsequent albums. But the timing of the song and the aforementioned reunion are hard to ignore.
Bicentennial Bear is currently writing songs for their third album, to be released in 2018 (if we’re all still here and not simmering in a crater, of course).