* AUSLAN INTERPRETED *
Staying power is the type of power few artists manage to successfully retain.
For Sydney’s Boy & Bear however, theirs is a legacy that has continued to flourish thanks to a committed approach to their craft and releases and live shows that continue to strike a chord with audiences worldwide, including their latest self-titled album ‘Boy & Bear’ (May 2023) which recently charted #4 on the ARIA charts, their 5th consecutive top 10 album.
Forming in 2009, as Australian indie music was enjoying an early apex with fans and industry alike, Boy & Bear grew from a solo project for songwriter Dave Hosking, into a fully-fledged musical project that would see Hosking’s initial idea become home to Killian Gavin, Tim and Jon Hart, Jake Tarasenko and Dave Symes.
Early support via triple j and Triple J Unearthed propelled Boy & Bear into the national Australian music consciousness, leading the group to the release of their acclaimed, double-platinum selling debut album Moonfire in 2011. The record, featuring the smash hit ‘Feeding Line’, earned Boy & Bear five ARIA Awards and three placements in the triple j Hottest 100 of 2011.
The success of Moonfire would set an early precedent for Boy & Bear in terms of musical impact, though it was just the beginning when it came to creative frontiers the band was yet to cross. Making music and touring as a five-piece following their Moonfire era, Boy & Bear continued to carve out a place all their own for themselves: their music was as immersive as their peers, and yet in Hosking’s emotive and wide-reaching songwriting skills, Boy & Bear established themselves as contributors to the broader Australian songbook.
Boy & Bear’s career has gone on to earn them two #1 ARIA charting albums - Harlequin Dream (2013) and Limit Of Love (2015) - the former being the second Boy & Bear studio album to hit Platinum status. Their latest album ‘Boy & Bear’ (2023) came in at #4 on the ARIA charts, making it their 5th successive top 10 album
And all the while, the band has grown and developed on stages around the world, as they have accumulated a fierce and long-standing fan base. Multiple world tours, appearances on world watched programs such as Conan O’Brien as well as dynamic performances at iconic sites and festivals such as the Sydney Opera House, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Pukkelpop, Splendour in the Grass, are just some accomplishments that Boy & Bear hold dear as a performing unit.
Though the musical climate around them has changed over the years, as has their influences and circumstances, Boy & Bear’s creative inspiration and resolve when it comes to making music and performing incredible live shows has only become stronger.