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Bearsuit

Bearsuit is a boy-girl five-piece from England with an eclectic sound ranging from cinematic soundscapes to catchy electro and art punk.

Comparisons have been made to bands including the Go! Team, Architecture in Helsinki, Los Campesinos, Deerhoof and Black Kids.

The band first captured the imagination of the late John Peel, notching up four BBC Radio 1 sessions for the legendary DJ and scooping the number two slot in his posthumous chart with ‘Chargr’ (Fortuna Pop, 2004).

Since their full-length album ‘oh:io’ in 2007, the band have undergone a dramatic line-up change, swapped violins, flutes and horns for dirty synths and fierce guitars, notched-up their sound, brought in big time producer Gareth Parton (The Go Team, Pete and the Pirates, Foals, The Breeders) and recorded a perfectly off-the-wall pop masterpiece – ‘The Phantom Forest’ (due for release in February 2011).

The band now consists of Iain Ross on guitar and keyboards, Lisa Horton on keyboards, and Jan Robertson on guitar and keyboards, with new recruits Charlene Katuwawala on bass and Joe Naylor or drums. All five sing.

'Please Don’t Take Him Back' was the debut single from the album (released in October 2010) on the UK label Fortuna Pop!, home to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the Pipettes.

As well as being playlisted on BBC 6 Music, the track received airplay on Radio 1 and XFM, and was reviewed in magazines including NME, Vice, Artrocker, Clash Magazine, and many more online.

Another single 'A Train Wreck' will be released in December and 'When Will I Be Queen' is scheduled for January, as well as UK and European tour dates.

Known for their electric live performances, the band have previously supported the likes of Crystal Castles, Future of the Left, Lightspeed Champion and Hot Chip.

Bearsuit have also played various festivals including Latitude, Bestival, The Great Escape and Offset, as well as several abroad including SXSW, Emmaboda (Sweden) and CMJ in New York, where they were voted ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ in a New York Times poll of badge-holders and received shining reviews, including Pitchfork.

As well as touring extensively in the UK, the band completed a 16-date tour of the US in 2008, taking in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Grand Rapids, St Louis and Pittsburgh.

Bearsuit have been championed by BBC radio DJs including John Peel, Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, Phill Jupitus, Marc Riley, Tom Ravenscroft, Tom Robinson, Colin Murray, Gideon Coe and John Kennedy on XFM.

Accolades include scooping 'Vinyl of the Week' in the NME, 'Pick of the Week' in The Guardian, and 'Album of the Fortnight' in Artrocker.

In the UK they have released material on the Fantastic Plastic label (The Guillemots, Ash, Ikara Colt, Luke Hains, Futureheads, The Wannadies) and Fortuna Pop! (Pains of Being Pure of Heart, The Pipettes, Sodastream, Darren Hayman).

In the US they have released material on Happy Happy Birthday To Me (Bunnygrunt, Lovely Eggs, Hotpants Romance) and Microindie (Sodastream, The Universe, The Icicles).

“A colourful pop hotchpotch” NME
“Louder than an explosion in a fireworks factory” Artrocker
"Cinematic doodlings, screamy art punk, and many twists and turns" The Independent
"Retro space age, riotously cute disco-punk. This is what my 80s sounded like." Everett True