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Dance is a loose term, but it’s also an inevitable directive. Whether on stage or on record, Boston electronic pop quartet Bearstronaut has made a name in its hometown for sparking instant dance parties. Despite its rather frigid-weather Northeast origins, Bearstronaut has been dubbed "tank-top pop" due to its warm, tropical, synth-pop sound.
Its growing reputation has been staked on both its energetic, engaging live performances, and its uber-polished, glossy home recordings. After self-releasing an EP in 2009, Bearstronaut inspired the creation of one of Boston’s most in-demand record labels, Vanya Records. Vanya founder Michael Marotta (the pill, WFNX) stated that he launched Vanya “just to hear Bearstronaut’s ‘Moniker’ on vinyl"—the way the band’s signature, post-disco epic was meant to be heard. After releasing the “Moniker” 7-inch in September 2011, Bearstronaut teamed up with Vanya again in November 2012 for its home recorded EP, Paradice.
Bearstronaut has garnered several nominations from both the media and music organizations (“Best Electronic Act,” 2012 Boston Music Awards; “Best Electronic Act” and “Song of the Year,” 2011 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll; 2011 CMJ “Top Bands To See”; “Best New Act,” 2010 Boston Phoenix BMP). The band has also shared the stage with such acts as Passion Pit, fun., A-Trak, Bad Rabbits, St. Lucia, Surfer Blood, AraabMuzik, Body Language, Japandroids, Dragonette, and Divine Fits.