Hearkening back to the sounds of early nineties college radio is Bearhug, a five-piece group from Sydney, Australia. Jesse Bayley (guitar), Mitchel Cumming (bass), Nicholas Mabbit (drums), Ryan Phelan (vocals, guitar), and Kyle Taylor (guitar) are collectively inspired by classic acts such as J Mascis, as well as some of Sonic Youth’s poppier efforts.
Bill, Dance Shiner, the band’s first full-length LP (released in March 2012 on Spunk Records), shows off the group’s knack for intertwining guitar acrobatics, high falsetto vocals, and lush chill sounds.
First single “Angeline” is a west coast indie stylin' pop treat that has been featured on KEXP's Music that Matters podcast series, while the second single "Over the Hill” is a melodic guitar driven rocker.
The album was recorded and co-produced by Tim Whitten (The Go-Betweens), with most of the songs fleshed out while the band was holed up in their rehearsal space at Hibernian House in Sydney for most of 2011. The LP follows the release of the To Anything and Cartoon Islands EP’s.
Bearhug have toured with Broken Social Scene, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Built To Spill and other indie rock veteran acts, and will be heading back to the states for SXSW in 2013.