Band to watch for – Boston’s electro pop quartet Bearstronaut play SXSW March 2014
Whether on stage or on record, the Boston-based electronic-pop quartet has made a name in their hometown for sparking instant dance parties. Despite their Northeast origins, Bearstronaut has been dubbed “tank-top pop” due to their warm, tropical synth-pop sound – or as Interview Magazine put it, “a nimble sprint through tropical rhythms and beach-side dance party revelry.”
Their growing reputation has been staked on two distinct entities: their energetic, engaging live performances, and their polished, glossy home recordings. After self releasing an EP in 2009, Bearstronaut inspired the creation of one of Boston’s most in-demand record labels, Vanya Records. Vanya founder Michael Marotta, stated that he launched Vanya “just to hear Bearstronaut’s ‘Moniker’ on vinyl”. After releasing the “Moniker” 7-inch in September 2011, Bearstronaut teamed up with Vanya again in November of 2012 for their home recorded EP titled, ‘Paradice’.
Since releasing ‘Paradice’, the band’s song “Passenger Side” has been played in major fashion stores nation-wide, as well as throughout the 2013 MLB season within the walls of Boston’s Fenway Park. In addition to ‘Paradice’ earning a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards, “Passenger Side” was nominated for Song of the Year, and the band left the night with an award in hand for Electronic Artist of the Year.
Bearstronaut recently performed the highly anticipated Boston Calling Music Festival alongside Solange, Kendrick Lamar, and Vampire Weekend. They have also shared the stage with acts such as Passion Pit, fun., A-Trak, Bad Rabbits, St. Lucia, Body Language, the Shout Out Louds, Surfer Blood and Divine Fits.
Be sure to catch Bearstronaut at their SXSW performance in Austin!
DATE: Saturday March 8, 2014
VENUE: Maggie Mae’s @ The Roof Top
“Bearstronaut combine the euphoria of the club experience with the grounded humanity of a rock band.”
“…Their music is wonderfully colorful and the lyrics are beautifully written, but it’s the sense of humanity, that elusive sense of honesty that I admire so much about them. ”
– Art Nouveau Magazine
“The band’s infectious, infinitely danceable sounds clearly come from a 1980s base of synth-driven new wave music, but the band modernizes it, and adds to it the heft of rock, and a whole other range of influences, old and new.”
– WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia