Bearsuit are an indie band from Norwich, UK. They currently release records on Fantastic Plastic and have previously worked with Fortuna Pop (UK), HHBTM (USA) and Micro Indie (USA) They have frequently been compared to Belle And Sebastian meeting Sonic Youth in a car crash! But have a style very much their own, mixing sweet indie-pop melodies, stop-start rhythms, quirky electronics, and lots of noise.
Since playing their first gig in 2001 the band notched up four sessions on the John Peel show and three Festive Fifty top five hits.Hey Charlie, Hey Chuck reached number 4 in 2001, Itsuko Got Married reached number 5 in 2003 and they reached the number 2 slot the following year with Chargr .
In October 2005 Bearsuit released Team Ping Pong, a collection of songs previously only released on 7" singles. Their second album Oh:io was released in 2007 and included the singles Foxy Boxer (Indie chart No 13 and Festive 50 chart No 3), More Soul than Wigan Casino (Single of the Week, The Guardian; Vinyl of the Week, NME) and Stephen F***ing Spielberg (With a video made by the Hollywood legend himself, true!)
Bearsuit are currently recording a new album for release in 2010.
Band members (current)
Iain "Mouse" Ross (guitar, korg, vocals)
Jan Robertson (guitar, flute keyboards, percussion, samples ,vocals, bass)
Lisa Horton (keyboards, vocals ,theremin, accordion ,keytar)
Charlene Katuwawala (bass guitar,vocals)
Joe Naylor (drums)
Band members (previous)
Cerian Hutchings (cornet,violin, keyboards, vocals, piano, percussion)
Richard Squires (guitar, vocals)
Matt Hutchings (drums)