Comparisons include Architecture in Helsinki, Everything Everything, The Go! Team, Sonic Youth, Deerhoof, Of Montreal, and You Say Party.
Earlier this year we released a new album “The Phantom Forest”, recorded by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team) on Fortuna Pop! (Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Crystal Stilts, Herman Dune). It got some ace reviews including Rolling Stone, NME, Clash Magazine, Drowned in Sound and Artocker.
We toured the UK in February and March, before heading to SXSW to play a showcase slot curated by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1). We also played at Primavera and Contempopranea festivals in Spain this year, as well as completing a Europe tour across Spain, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. And we’re only half-way through the year. Wow!
Bearsuit have previously played various festivals including Latitude, Bestival, The Great Escape, Dot To Dot, Indietracks and Offset, as well as several abroad including SXSW, Emmaboda (Sweden) and CMJ in New York, where we were voted ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ in a New York Times poll of badge-holders and received shining reviews, including Pitchfork.
We have also supported the likes of Crystal Castles, Factory Floor, Melt Banana, Future of the Left and Hot Chip.
We used to release records on Fantastic Plastic Records (Ash, Ikara Colt, The Futureheads, Guillemots), Happy Happy Birthday to Me (US) (Bunnygrunt, The Lovely Eggs, Hotpants Romance) and Micro Indie (US) (Sodastream, The Universe, The Icicles).
We have been championed by BBC radio DJs including John Peel, Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Rob Da Bank, Phill Jupitus, Marc Riley, Tom Ravenscroft, Tom Robinson, Colin Murray, Gideon Coe and John Kennedy on XFM. Aw yeah.
Accolades include scooping ‘Vinyl of the Week’ in the NME, ‘Pick of the Week’ in The Guardian, and ‘Album of the Fortnight’ in Artrocker.