Dave Hosking (lead vocals/guitars) Killian Gavin (vocals/guitars) Tim Hart (drums/vocals/guitars) Jake Tarasenko (vocals/bass) Jon Hart (vocals/keys/mandolin)
Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Shins
To say the past year has been a whirlwind for Boy & Bear would not only be a cliché, but also an understatement. Since the band’s dulcet tones first hypnotised listeners across triple j's radio waves in September 2009 Boy & Bear have found themselves in the spotlight. Their single ‘Mexican Mavis’ had the industry whispering and music fans clambering. However, it wasn’t until the single earned the quintet the triple j Unearthed position on Sydney's famed Homebake festival in Dec 09, that just how much of a gem this band was became apparent. Rumours of their live show quickly spread and Boy & Bear soon found themselves touring with the royalty of folk rock, Angus & Julia Stone, Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling throughout Australia. Boy & Bear impressed, so much so that Laura Marling invited the band to tour with her through the UK. In fact, two members of Boy & Bear, Jake Tarasenko and Tim Hart, also did a stint doubling up as members of Laura’s touring band. Their live show takes the band to another plane, evidenced by their critically-praised, sold-out national "Blood To Gold Tour" across September and October 2010. The songs presented on debut EP “With Emperor Antarctica” pack a bigger punch when taken to the live forum. The honesty in each member’s voice is heightened, the emotion makes chests swell and the story in each song resonates somewhere between the heart and stomach. Boy & Bear is happy. Boy & Bear is Tambourine. Boy & Bear is good for you.
Boy and Bear are an indie folk group from Sydney whose three songwriters combine 70's rock with catchy hooks and church-like harmonies.
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
All four of us come from quite different backgrounds and musical tastes. It’s kinda founded on the Americana big harmony vibe, through a big dose of indie rock, folk and even as far our as Siqur Ros. Everyone was really able to bring such different musical perspectives to the project , and I think that pushes the tracks further. We love the idea of not being predictable. We want to surprise people with our songs, keep them interesting whilst still keeping to the chugging melodic vibe we have love so much!
What’s your live show like?
Cranking.. Ha. Three part harmonies make a fun challenge and keep us on our toes!
What were you all doing before this? Tell us about all those other bands you’re all in!
All four of us are originally from our own bands. Killian fronted a band called Ovell, likewise Tim lead a group called Wintersound, Jake played in a crazy experimental group called Tripartisan Approach and Dave Hosking played as a singer/songwriter. All four of us became good mates whilst sharing the stage over many occasions. We started jamming together and the musical magic just sort of happened. Hence the birth of 'Boy & Bear'
What’s coming up for Boy and Bear in the future?
We’re currently finalising a late November tour in Sydney, Briz and Melbourne. Loose dates are: Melbourne Nov 27, Sydney Dec 4 and Brisbane Dec 11. Other than that we are planning an EP for release late February 2010, and then I guess presidential leadership of the US by 2011!
Australian music is?
Booming! We’re all really thrown back by the amount of great acts flying around right now - Megastick Fanfare, Joysticks, D'animals, Sherlocks Daughter, The Middle East etc... Kind of a good time to be involved in what Australia is doing right now...View Profile Hide Interview
13 Jul 2009
Such a powerful ...
Such a powerful track, so many layers and such attention to detail production wise and melodically. We've had our ears on Dave Hosking for a while, great to hear his amazing talents mobilised into this project.