When I think of Bearstronaut, I literally envision a bear in a NASA spacesuit, retrofitted for it’s massive size. A bear in a suit is so random, even as a theme, but the imagery of a wild bear as an astronaut, for that very reason, is also symbolic.
Think about it.
Behold a journey through asteroids ricocheting off of each other, unrelenting beams of light in the blank astral space, with a bear voyaging through the cosmos. That’s just what Bearstronaut is: an experimental concept, like their music, of juxtaposed realities. Take this analogy: Their live performances are wild, radical, and unpredictable like a bear; their counterpart, the polished record, is manufactured with the highest quality like an astronaut suit.
The Boston-based electronic-pop quartet are redefining the nuances of modern pop music. With synthesized melodies pleated together with rudimentary beats, sonic echoes, and refined instrumentals, who knows where this band will go — maybe the stars, perhaps.
Bearstronaut take their listeners on a trance-like journey across the dance floor. According to Bearstronaut, dance music is “an inevitable directive.” And on their first EP, Paradice, songs like “Birds of Prey,” and “Painted in the Dark” are rounded out with techno-funk elements laden between the lyrics. Without even realizing it, the music transposes the listener to a futuristic mother ship and you’re gliding across the moonlit surface with nimble mastery. The Bearstronaut take a minimal approach to their lyricism. However word use is scaled back to highlight the vibrant notes, and psychedelic sounds. They remind me of Daft Punk‘s latest musical excursion, “Random Access Memories,” which focused on the sound of the 70’s and it’s involvement in electronic disco. The synth-driven new wave music combines the movable club rhythms with eclectic rock-n-roll.
Like their name suggests, it’s a fusion of opposing binaries, however blended well. Bearstronaut have this unshackle ability to launch listeners into the stratosphere, while retaining the human element of being able to move on your own two feet. They are truly the staple of what good dance music can do: make you feel good, as you groove.
The four members of Bearstronaut — Dave Martineau (guitar & lead vocals), Nate Marsden (bass & keys), Paul Lamontagne (keys), and Philip Boisvert (drums & vocals) — have received acclaim from the local Boston scene. Their song “Passenger Side” took home the 2013 Electronic Artist of the Year award from the Boston Music Awards, and they’ve also performed alongside musicians like Solange, Kendrick Lamar, and Vampire Weekend (just to name a few) at the Boston Calling Music Festival.
And I’m sure the release of their newest single “Black Bells,” which came out March 4th will take their moniker “”tank-top pop” to noticeable heights.
Check out some songs Bearstronaut has released on SoundCloud (click here).
And the Video for “Black Bells.”