Dance is a loose term, but it’s also an inevitable directive. Whether on stage or on record, the Boston-based electronic-pop quartet has made a name in their hometown for sparking instant dance parties. Despite their Northeast origins, Bearstronaut has been dubbed “tank-top pop” due to their warm, tropical synth-pop sound – or as Interview Magazine put it, “a nimble sprint through tropical rhythms and beach-side dance party revelry.”
Their growing reputation has been staked on two distinct entities: their energetic, engaging live performances, and their polished, glossy home recordings. After self releasing an EP in 2009, Bearstronaut inspired the creation of one of Boston’s most in-demand record labels, Vanya Records. Vanya founder Michael Marotta, stated that he launched Vanya “just to hear Bearstronaut’s ‘Moniker’ on vinyl”. After releasing the “Moniker” 7-inch in September 2011, Bearstronaut teamed up with Vanya again in November of 2012 for their home recorded EP titled, ‘Paradice’.
Since releasing the home-recorded EP ‘Paradice’ in 2012, the band has picked up several awards and nominations. ‘Paradice’ earned a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards, “Passenger Side” was nominated for Song of the Year, and the band left the night with an award in hand for Electronic Artist of the Year. The group was again nominated for Electronic Artist of the Year at the 2014 Boston Music Awards, and Live Act of the Year at the 2015 New England Music Awards. Their music has been heard within the walls of the famed Fenway Park, in major national retail stores across the country, on popular television shows, and in several indie film productions.
Bearstronaut has shared the stage with acts such as Passion Pit, fun., A-Trak, Noah and the Whale, St. Lucia, Body Language, the Shout Out Louds, Surfer Blood and Divine Fits. The group was the first hometown act to be invited to play the popular Boston Calling Music Festival.
“Bearstronaut combine the euphoria of the club experience with the grounded humanity of a rock band.” – InterviewMagazine.com
“…Their music is wonderfully colorful and the lyrics are beautifully written, but it’s the sense of humanity, that elusive sense of honesty that I admire so much about them. ” – Art Nouveau Magazine
Mercedes Benz Free Download of the Week: “Obviously indebted to a long tradition of synthesizer pop and soft rock spanning back to the 1970s, these four always manage to let our minds wander into the stratosphere while our feet remain planted firmly on the dance floor.” – the sound of mb!
“The band’s infectious, infinitely danceable sounds clearly come from a 1980s base of synth-driven new wave music, but the band modernizes it, and adds to it the heft of rock, and a whole other range of influences, old and new.” – WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia