Just as the dust settles from their debut Splendour appearance, Boy & Bear are looking to kick up some more across the nation. In their biggest tour yet, the Sydney five-piece will step onto stage in each state to celebrate the release of their third single ‘Blood To Gold’.
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 the radio waves in February 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 gong (landing them a spot on Homebake’s stage) 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. 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 had the pleasure of gracing the G.W. McLennan stage at Splendour In the Grass in the weekend just gone. They were greeted to their midday set by a full tent of excited punters, many singing along with the band. Later that night Boy & Bear found themselves taking part of another sing-a-long after being invited on stage by tour mates Mumford & Sons. Over 20,000 people cheered them along at the festivals amphitheatre, as the band took part in the hoe-down for Mumford’s ‘Roll Away Your Stone’.
Prior to their recent touring stint with Mumford & Sons and Splendour In The Grass, the band had a good month off the road to bunker down and write. The national tour will see the fruits of this writing time, with the band planning to bring some of these new songs to stage, along with their live staples from EP “With Emperor Antarctica”.
Supporting Boy and Bear will be UK troubadour Passenger.
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Boy & Bear 'Blood To Gold' Tour
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