Bearcoon is an indie folk band made up of Solange Igoa, vocals, and Andrea Walker, guitar. The group is unsigned, unrepresented, and the girls pride themselves on their DIY attitude. After a sold-out record release show at Fingerprints Music on June 4th and a #1 spot on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases list, the duo has recently gone mobile and the girls have been touring the west coast full time since July 2015.
El Guapo was recorded with the help of a $2,500 Grand Prize which the duo won in fall 2014 at the concert/competition, Buskerfest, an epic battle-of-the-bands which has been called “the golden grail of Long Beach music” (Long Beach Post). In January 2015 the duo teamed up with producer/engineer Anthony “Antoine” Arvizu for a labor-intensive two-day session at Arvizu’s Signal Hill recording studio, the Compound. Says Arvizu, whose deep resume includes engineering on Sublime’s 1992 debut album 40 Oz. to Freedom and extensive work with Marc Ford (the Black Crowes) and many others, ”This is one of my favorite records I’ve ever worked on, for the music and for the experience. Bearcoon is willing to be raw and honest, but they’re also willing to listen.”
Bearcoon’s songs which have been described as “pure acoustic awesomeness” and “catchy, captivating, tinged in Southern soul” (Long Beach Post) have already been receiving heavy airplay on KBeach radio shows, WDIY-FM Allentown, PA, and the Long Beach airport “Takeoff Volume I” series.
Bearcoon was forged in the fall of 2012 when singer, Solange Igoa, and guitarist, Andrea Walker, met at an open mic in Long Beach, CA. The duo’s “infectious stage dynamic” (OC Weekly) has made them one of the most sought-after bands in Long Beach and the girls have been logging up to ten shows a month including performances at the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, Buskerfest (Winners-2014), Live After Five Official Kickoff, headlining shows at the Federal Bar, and many more.
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