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Bearclaw Camp @ Reuben's Lounge


Bearclaw Camp @ Reuben's Lounge

Michaela McGrath


Possibly the only thing we love more than a good Aussie band is a great band hailing from our very own Adelaide.

The last night of this year’s freezing winter saw a truckload of exactly that as Bearclaw Camp took to the stage of Reuben’s Lounge for the launch of their self titled EP.

Just beyond Hindmarsh Square, the bar is relatively young itself and proved the perfect venue for what was destined to be a good night. With pool tables, underground vibes (despite being just off the street) and mad drink deals to boot; Reuben’s provided the perfect setting for a good time.

Made up of four crazy talented boys from the Adelaide suburbs, the band consists of Samm Hunt on bass/vocals, Aaron Fox on drums as well as Harry Gieck and Luke Collier jamming on guitar and vocals.

Forming in late 2015, the four-piece unit are nearing their first anniversary in October. In that time the guys have been absolutely smashing it. Not only did they start gigging this year, they’ve also released their debut EP in June and copped some airtime on Triple J’s Short.Fast.Loud.

Supported by old timers Nine One Nine, the gig saw Bearclaw moving away from the Blink 182-esque vibes of their days as Chasing the Race, instead reaching towards vibes similar to the likes of Knuckle Puck and Neck Deep. The pop-punk influences and alt-punk feels attracted an exuberant crowd who got up close and personal the minute that Bearclaw took to the stage.

Despite immune system failures that lead to vocalist Luke losing his voice just days before the gig, the band’s crazy energy and stage presence kept the good times rolling.

Grooving, jamming, jumping and even crowd surfing, Bearclaw Camp attracted an audience with insane energy, and that enthusiastic nature did not go unreciprocated.

Beginning their set with the opening track of their EP, Headspins energy got everyone off their feet and set the tone for a rad night. Going on to please the crowd with known and loved tracks such as Silos and Grinding Teeth, the excitement did not die down when the band played their new track Void. The set closed with fans pumped, excited and keen to keep dancing, the night was yet another success under the lads' belt.


Be sure to support Bearclaw Camp and buy or stream their EP on Bandcamp, Spotify or Itunes. Get behind the guys and show them some love on their social media here and here.


All photos via Ben Neale.