If summer is but a distant memory and you’re cursing the winter chill, wrap your ears around Tribe, the recently released EP from Sunshine Coast reggae act Bearfoot.
The first track “Could Be Worse” is the ideal introduction to this band, a cruisy cut about looking on the brighter side of life. I couldn’t help but think of Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster” when listening to “Impolite.” There’s a shared melodic sensibility there, but the perceptive, socially aware lyrics help ensure this song occupies its own space. “Dreamer,” sees Bearfoot in a more relaxed space. It’s so catchy and laidback, it reminds me of hanging around a beer garden in the middle of summer. I was well and feeling the reggae vibes by the time “One Drop” came on, with its lyrics reminding listeners that “Reggae never hurt anyone.” “Babylon” is the closing track, a smart number which reminds the listener Bearfoot is much more than just a party band.
Bearfoot’s laidback summery vibe is perfect antidote to the chilly winter weather. It’s positive music, with clever rapid-fire vocals and irresistible brassy hook. In a music scene where good reggae acts are a rarity, what they’re doing stands apart. I hadn’t heard of Bearfoot before, but after hearing this EP they’re definitely on my radar.
Bearfoot is currently on tour. Here are the remaining places you can see the Queensland reggae group play.
29 July 2016 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast
5 August 2016 – First Fridays Noosa Junction, Noosa
14 August 2016 – Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach
19 August 2016 – The Motor Room @ Boundary St Hotel, Brisbane
21 August 2016 – Hotel Brunswick Sunday Session, Brunswick Heads
9 September 2016 – Solbar, Maroochydore
30 September 2016 – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra
2 October 2016 – Triffid Roots Festival, Brisbane
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