Boy & Bear have made waves in the Australian music scene since their formation in 2009, which was shortly followed by the release of their EP With Emperor Antarctica.
The band’s position in the music industry was firmly cemented in 2011 after their debut album Moonfire reached platinum sales, won Boy & Bear five ARIA awards and saw three songs make it to triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2011.
August 2013 marked the release of Boy & Bear’s highly anticipated sophomore album Harlequin Dream, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and spent five consecutive weeks in the top 10.
The band also received ARIA nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album, and Producer of the Year with Wayne Connolly; as well as a J Award nomination for Australian Album of the Year. Singles ‘Southern Sun’ and ‘Harlequin Dream’ both made it into the 2013 Hottest 100 countdown, taking the 41st and 55th spots.
Between October 2013 and December 2014, Boy & Bear completed three world tours and 167 live shows, including a performance on Conan O’Brian and two sold out consecutive Sydney Opera House shows. As a result, the band received an ARIA nomination for Best Australian Live Act for the 2014 annual awards ceremony.
Early 2015 saw Boy & Bear head over to the UK to record their third album at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios with producer Ethan Johns. The album was recorded live, straight to tape with virtually no overdubs. Released in October 2015, Limit Of Love debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it Boy & Bear’s second consecutive number one debut.
The band has been hard at work throughout 2016, releasing a Tour Edition of the Limit Of Love album recorded at The Hordern Pavilion. They also teamed up with the people at the Akasha Brewing Company to create their own brew called it All Australian Ale (AAA), which will be exclusively available at the upcoming shows on their regional Australia tour. All proceeds will be going towards the charity ‘Buy A Bale’ helping to support rural Australian communities and farmers.
To cap off the year the band has been nominated for a 2016 ARIA for ‘Best Rock Band’.