Under the Scope: Bearsuit
Iain Ross: vocals guitar
Cerian Hamer: keyboard, cornet, violin, percussion, vocals
Lisa Horton: vocals, keyboards, accordian
Matt Hutchings: drums, percussion
Jan Robertson: guitar, keyboards, flute, vocals, percussion
Richard Squires: bass
Did anyone ever see that show where the guy makes a suit strong enough to withstand the ferocity of a grizzly bear? Well, that guy may well be able to poke a bear in the woods and leave unscathed, but what are the chances of him coming out alive of a brawl with six tiny rodent-like bears armed with nothing but their knowledge of noise?
Bearsuit are a Norwich, UK-based six-piece indie-pop cataclysm of manic screaming, shark-tooth guitars, flutes, cornets, wibbly noises and a load of wistful ramblings about being at a disco, or at a Japanese wedding, or in the middle of a dystopian, pan-galactic war. With some mice. Compared in the press to bands as disparate as Belle and Sebastian and Melt Banana, Bearsuit are ploughing their own musical furrow with their inimitable concoction of mentalist boy-girl-shout-whisper apopalypse.
Live, they're an absolute peach. Usually dispensing with customary stage attire, Bearsuit instead prefer to douse themselves in fake blood, or wear prom dresses and dinner jackets, or dress up as Star Wars characters, nurses, aliens or, shockingly, bears. Like a spastic nephew of the Polyphonic Spree, Bearsuit are pleasingly unstable.
There are no disappointments on record either, and they come heavily endorsed. The late John Peel invited them to record four sessions for his Radio 1 programme, and they've notched up three top-five appearances in his listener-voted Festive Fifty Countdown over the past five years or so. They have a new record deal in the UK with Fantastic Plastic (previously home to Ikara Colt and Angelica) and have a US deal with Microindie. The re-release of their first four singles complete with their B-Sides as one package in late October promises to be an unmissable chance to catch up with, as the man Peel himself put it, ‘the pop sensation that's sweeping the nation'.
Cat Spectacular (Fortuna Pop Records/Microindie 2004)
Team Ping Pong (Fantastic Plastic Records released Oct 31st 2005)
Fantastic Plastic Records
- Daniel Ross | 2005-10-02
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