Bearfoot

Roots/reggae six-piece, Bearfoot are making a big splash on the Australian Roots scene with their sun-soaked- yet-dark modern take on roots, reggae & dub. Turning heads, and turning on eardrums wherever they go, Bearfoot’s highly-energetic, sweat-drenched live performances and knack for creating catchy melodies has earned them new fans all over the country.

Chief songwriter & vocalist, Asher Chapman spent a large portion of his life growing up on an island in Vanuatu (where reggae is king), developing a love for reggae music and culture, which shines through in Bearfoot’s sound.

Mix this influence with a solid rhythm section made up of fat bass and steadfast drums with percussive flare, bubbling keys, dubby guitars, horn lines that won’t quit, and vocal harmonies to support Asher’s passionate rapid-fire vocals, Bearfoot unashamedly bring their own take on Australian Roots/Reggae music.

“...this is a band who knows their strengths musically and the direction they’re heading in.” The AU Review

In early 2015, Bearfoot broke through with their locally-produced debut single, ‘Babylon’. It got a little bit of JJJ attention, and community radio pricked up its collective ears. Towards the end of that year, Bearfoot headed to Tanuki Lounge (West End, Brisbane), to work with the award-winning Paulie B - and ‘Impolite’ came out to the world. Roots’N’All on Triple J dug it (it was used throughout 2016 as part of the program’s intro), Community radio was all over it, and it won Bearfoot ‘Best Blues/Roots Release’ at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards.

Come to 2016, and the era of the ‘TRiBE’ EP was put into effect. An accumulation of tracks produced at Tanuki Lounge, and closer to home, plus adding the previously released ‘Babylon’ and ‘Impolite’, Bearfoot’s unique Roots/Reggae style started to flow on...

When you add all these releases (including two remixes, in a short time, too) with constant performances and festival appearances, including massive shows at Woodford Folk Festival (2015/16), Caloundra Music Festival (2015/16), Ocean Street World Festival, Big Pineapple Music Festival, Australian Music Week (Sydney) and a showcase at BIGSOUND 16, then it is without a doubt that Bearfoot would be looking forward to their 2017.

This year will see the 6-piece head into the studio to work on and complete their debut full- length album, but not before appearances at Luminate Festival (NZ in February), Earth Frequency, Noosa Festival of Surfing, Queensland Ska & Reggae Festival (Headliner), and Big Pineapple Music Festival... and this will be all before the middle of the year.

You may accuse the boys of overdoing it... but they’ll just say it Could Be Worse. Find Bearfoot online at bearfootmusic.com