Fresh off the airplane from a month-long UK tour with Laura Marling, Sydney five-piece Boy & Bear have recently released their debut EP - With Emperor Antarctica, in Australia
Since the launch of their jaunty and rollicking debut single ‘Mexican Mavis’ and winning the Triple J spot at Homebake 2009, Boy & Bear have been rapidly growing, earning the right to tour with some of today’s most respected artists, including Angus & Julia Stone, Hungry Kids of Hungary and the UK’s Laura Marling. Laura Marling subsequently invited Boy & Bear to tour with her in the UK: two members of Boy & Bear, Jake Tarasenko and Tim Hart, also played in Laura’s touring band.
From the moment you first hear Boy & Bear, you’ll know this is something special, something different. Rich harmonies, music that breathes, full of unexpected twists and imagination, a sophisticated timelessness.
It’s the sound of an outfit that you’d think has been performing together for years, perhaps decades. Which makes it all the more incredible to discover the five players that make up Boy & Bear are all in their early 20s and this incredible five-track EP, With Emperor Antarctica, is in fact their debut effort.
The theme of their latest single ‘Rabbit Song’ is something of a mystery to lead vocals/guitarist Dave Hosking, “I’m not sure what this is about – it might be a bit of the little man syndrome. I think it’s a little bit anti-establishment. As hippy and ’70s as it sounds, I like that whole thing about going against the whole rat race – rebelling against that”.
With Emperor Antarctica was recorded over 10 days at 301 Studios in Byron Bay and produced by Rick Will. The result is an extraordinary debut effort from a gifted new Australian outfit. It’s music that makes your chest swell from a group of players exhibiting a maturity beyond their years and experience, an experience reflected in the bands live show.
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