Blending So-Cal, Hip Hop and dub reggae, with a dash of the Endless Summer soundtrack thrown in, Bearfoot ’s sunsoaked-yet-dark take on roots, reggae & dub has sent ripples through the country, and even over the ditch.
Sweat-drenched, high-energy performances, and catchy melodies over deep grooves are Bearfoot ’s speciality, and they have that ability to turn heads wherever they play.
The group mixes strong vocal harmonies (supporting vocalist Asher Chapman’s passionate rapid-fire vocals) with dubby guitars, bright horn lines, and a solid rhythm section made up of fat bass and steadfast drums with percussive flare - this is Bearfoot ’s take on Australian Roots/Reggae music, and it’s catching on fast.
From humble beginnings, working hard and playing practically every weekend after the release of debut single, ‘Babylon’, Bearfoot ’s sound gained traction after the release of second and key single, ‘Impolite’ - produced by Paul Bromley at the Tanuki Lounge in Brisbane’s West End - grabbing the attention of Triple J’s Roots’n’All program, and scoring a Queensland Music Award in the process (Best Blues/Roots Release 2016).
Their debut EP, ‘TRiBE’ continued the momentum with singles, ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Could Be Worse’ all gaining radio play (Community Radio all over Australia, as well as Triple J), followed by stand-alone single, ‘Crazy For You’ (featuring Andrea Kirwin), Bearfoot ’s name has spread wide and far over 2017, and into 2018.
Notching up several festival appearances in their short time together, including stand-out performances at Woodford Folk Festival (15/16 and 17/18), Caloundra Music Festival, Big Pineapple Music Festival (’15 and ’17), BIGSOUND 2016, and Luminate Festival (New Zealand, 2017), as well as their own headline East Coast Tour in late 2017/18, expect that list to expand considerably in 2019.
With a brand new single in ‘Luminate’, and a debut full-length album in the works, Bearfoot ’s stance for a creative culture is solid… with voices out loud, and fists in the air, 2018 will be no struggle for this group.
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