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Friday, March 14 • 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Bearsuit

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Stop-start boy-girl cutie-killer six-piece with everything from cinematic waltzes to catchy electro disco and hard punk screaming riot grrl noise. A mix of Belle and Sebastian, Huggy Bear, and Sonic Youth with electronic twists and turns, and screamy art punk. Bearsuit began in 2001 and comparisons have been made to bands including Architecture in Helsinki, Deerhoof and I’m From Barcelona. The band first captured the imagination of the late John Peel, notching up four BBC Radio 1 sessions for the legendary DJ and scoring three top five hits in his Festive 50, including scooping the number 2 slot in his post-humous chart. They have since gone on to become darlings of the UK indie-art-rock scene and are now signed to Fantastic Plastic Records (known for kickstarting the careers of bands including The Guillemots, Ash, the Wannadies, the Futureheads, Ikara Colt). The band have been championed across Radio 1 and 6 Music as well as London’s XFM by DJs including Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens, Phill Jupitus, Gideon Coe, Collin Murray and Rob Da Bank. Meanwhile the release of their debut album ‘Cat Spectacular’ in the States on Micro Indie records in 2005 saw the band reach a new legion of college radio fans and make a debut in the CMJ chart at number 5 in April 2005. The six-piece have just released their third album ‘Oh:io’ in the UK to rave reviews in the music press including Q, The Clash, and Dazed and Confused, as well as ‘Single of the Week’ in The Guardian, ‘Vinyl of the Week’ in the NME, and ‘Album of the Fortnight’ in Artrocker. With a live show including flute, guitars, keyboards, samples, cornet, singing, bells, accordion, theremin, drums, oh and a keytar, plus a variety of outlandish stage gear - blood soaked prom dresses, marching bands, 'nurses of death' outfits, spacemen and silver bear-bot wear to name but a few - Bearsuit are certainly a band to catch live! “Entirely Brilliant” The Guardian “In what's shaping up to be a solid 12 months for arty indie-pop and schizophrenic noise-pop alike, English sextet Bearsuit lend the inspired innocence of the former to the joyous chaos of the latter…A fine spectacle, indeed.” Pitchfork “Colourful, wacky… pop hotchpotch…Imagine Do Me Bad Things having a good fight with Belle and Sebastian at a fairground…on ‘shrooms…in the dark. Yes, really.” NME “Louder than an explosion in a fireworks factory, …often within the space of a single number, accordion, flute, cornet, violin, theremin and a number of percussion instruments are banged, blown, squeezed and thrummed. It’s an uproariously joyful noise.” Artrocker “The critical convention of pasting ready-made pigeonholes on to passing bands rocking the same old sounds is shot to absolute shit by the six piece’s technicoloured tomfoolery.” Rock Sound "Frantic, retro space age, riotously cute disco-punk with the odd throwback to early B&S dropped in, all casual like, lollipop-innocent and coy glances like they hope you won't notice." Everett True, Loose Lips Sink Ships "In an era when almost everything is quite like something else, Bearsuit are not quite like anything." John Peel "Cinematic doodlings, screamy art punk, and many twists and turns, condensed into less than half an hour of fine, left field pop." The Independent Bearsuit are: Lisa Horton – vocals, keyboard, keytar, theremin, accordion Iain Ross – vocals, guitar, keyboard Cerian Hutchings – cornet, keyboard, violin, vocals Jan Robertson – flute, guitar, bass, keyboard, samples, vocals Richard Squires – bass, guitar Matt Hutchings – drums
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Friday March 14, 2008 10:00pm - 10:30pm
The Thirsty Nickel 325 E 6th St

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