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If Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were to have a child and name J Dilla the godfather, the resulting offspring would be Bear Language. Heavy riffs meet esoteric musical landscapes under delicate but gritty vocals. Born in early 2011 at Berklee College of Music as the creative outlet of three friends, the band is a fusion of musical styles and influences ranging from the Mars Volta to Lettuce. Bear Language is a constantly evolving project that never fails to disappoint live, breaking down all preconceived notions of what can be achieved with only a trio of musicians.
Originally from New York, guitarist and singer Luca Buccellati is an accomplished songwriter. While his songwriting with Bear Language draws heavily from Radiohead, Buccellati is equally at home in the pop idiom, a side that manifests itself through catchy hooks and edgily accessible riffs.
Bassist Archi Denis was born in Paris but was raised in Asia. He grew up emulating Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and now proves that bass isn't just a background instrument. A true performer, he's known for his onstage antics without ever losing sight of the groove.
Drummer and St. Louis native Ian Barnett rounds out the trio. Also a producer following in the footsteps of J Dilla, he brings a love for all things off-kilter. On stage and in the studio he pushes the envelope and defies the traditional box in which a drummer operates, but always in the service of the music.
Together the three are captivating and fresh. In September of 2011 Bear Language released their self-titled debut EP, the first step in what will be a long journey. Always writing new material and playing to new audiences, word continues to spread, along with the question "are you speaking Bear Language yet?"