Last night in Soho, London: a music venue swollen with hulking beer-swilling Aussies, Sydney-born Boy & Bear warmed the crowd like soup on a cold night. Which it was.

But this was no walkabout. Boy & Bear are a multi talented bunch – unusual in that all five of the boys are singer/songwriters: Dave Hosking (lead vocals/guitars), Killian Gavin (vocals/guitars), Tim Hart (drums/vocals/guitars), Jake Tarasenko (vocals/bass), Jon Hart (vocals/keys/mandolin). A little Radiohead eeriness, a touch of Mumford and Sons, Boy & Bear can be described as a soulful merger between folk and indie rock.

On the European leg of their ‘Remembering The Mexican Tour’, tickets for the small but perfectly formed Borderline apparently sold out within 8 hours, pointing to the fact they will be soon be packing out much larger venues.

Highlights included the Easter-seasonally appropriate ‘Rabbit Song’, and their ever-popular cover of Crowded House’s ‘Fall At Your Feet’; which they have successfully made one of those tracks which genuinely sounds better than the original. Please don’t shoot the messenger. Made nearly famous by Australia’s (and arguably the world’s) best radio station, Triple J, which showcases its top 100 tracks every Australia Day on January 26th; Boy & Bear aren’t exactly new, but they are certainly one to watch out for.

Bristol: you are in for an absolute treat tonight.

– Amy Coats

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