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Bearsnail Tour and Schwag!

Bearsnail is heading on our first tour--bringing our folky, poppy, punky songs to cities across the Midwest. Help us pay for gas, food and producing rad merch!

"Who Is Bearsnail And What On Earth Do You Want From Us?"

Bearsnail is a tiny, folk-punk band from Denver, Colorado. We sing embarrassingly vulnerable, somewhat lyrical folk songs with an occasionally political edge. We've been playing to wonderful audiences in Denver for about a year and have decided to take our act on the road--to our friends in THE MIDWEST! 

A bunch of great folks have been working to help Bearsnail book venues for our 10 city, late-February/early-March tour. We're super psyched to hit the road and play songs for old and new friends alike.

We're a newer band and largely unknown outside of Denver and we need your help to start building up a national fan-base.         

Why should you care about us getting big (or at least a larger version of small!)? We love playing benefit shows. In the past year we've played benefits for Prax(US), The Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Sent(A)Mental Studios, the Derailer Bicycle Collective and the Anarchist Black Cross--a political prisoner support line. Indeed on February 11th, we will be playing a benefit show for the Colorado Street Medics and The Denver Anarchist Black Cross at The Aztlan Theatre. 

We love playing benefits and part of what makes us actually benefit the organizations when we play is the growing size of our fan base. We want to grow it so more people can hear our songs and so that when we play we can help build on the work so many in our community are already engaged in. 

"So...What's the Plan?"

Here's the plan:

We want to make sure we leave Denver armed with merchandise to sell to pay for future tours (your know...building a real business model for the future!) 

When you donate, you will be supporting us as we print T-Shirts, posters, patches, buttons and do another run of our debut CD Imperfect Goodbyes! 

We also want to make sure we can pay for gas and food to get from town to town. We're playing house shows, basements, DIY venues, bars, clubs and coffee shops and while we hope to make some money along the way, this is our first tour and we need help from you to pull it off. 

Finally, we need to pay for a mic and a mic stand, some cables, back-up equipment, guitar and bass strings, an oil change, have a little money in case a couch falls through, we get sick, a guitar breaks, we get a ticket, or some other unforseen expense comes up!

"So...What Do I Get If I Give?"

So...whether you can donate $1 or the full $2500 we need, every donation will help us get our songs out across the country and you will win our undying love. 

But not only that! We also have some amazing perks for you when you give: Everything from writing you an album and playing you songs and cooking dinner for 12 at a house show to sending you a button. Check out all the amazing perks below!

Thanks a million for your love, support and your ears, voices and dancing bodies!

Hope to see you on the road!

xoxo,

Kyle and Riley!

P.S. If you are interested we're citing a couple kind reviews below!


"There are times when the embarrassment of riches that is Colorado’s fecund musical community truly astounds. If you keep your eyes peeled, your ears open and your brain permeable, you’ll discover tasty new musical nuggets on an almost weekly basis in our quadrilateral state. Today, that nugget is Bearsnail, the acoustic punk project that will release its debut CD, “Imperfect Goodbyes,” this weekend. Read on and steal a track from the album so your friends will know how cool you are.

Kyle Harris began playing guitar in a Southern Baptist church in Missouri when he was just 12 years old. Six years later, he lost his faith, discovered filmmaking and found his passion in railing against capitalism and advocating for queer rights and identity. With an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in his back pocket, Harris found his way to Denver in 2005, programming and producing documentaries for Free Speech TV.

Somewhere along the way — between growing disillusioned with nonprofit politics and teaching at Colorado Film School — Harris started writing and playing songs again just last year, under the name Bearsnail. Since then, he’s written over 100 songs, 12 of which appear on the artist’s surprising debut, “Imperfect Goodbyes.”

On first listen, Bearsnail sounds like ironic twee pop — Harris’s endearingly off-key vocals and brutish acoustic guitar suggest the unholy collision of Jonathan Richman and Billy Bragg — but a closer listen reveals disturbing depths. Harris’s preferred subject matter includes domestic abuse, failed love and a surfeit of suicides. Though his quirky vocal delivery hints at humor, there’s very little that’s funny about the pain out of which “Imperfect Goodbyes” arises.

“This song is a way for me to pray that I never have another lover try to kill themselves in my presence,” Harris sings on “Tribute Song.” And though lyrics like that might sound over the top, Bearsnail’s quirky, sincere and self-effacing delivery make it all very real and compelling. Steal “Guts” for a sample of Harris’s uniquely honest songwriting and performance style, then pop down to the Meadowlark Bar on Saturday, Oct 15, to see the man in action and pick up a copy of the CD." -- Eryc Eyl, Steal This Track

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"Kyle Harris has lived all over this country and seen the ups and downs of personal, professional and political life. But instead of cultivating a world-weary sound, Harris, who makes music under the name Bearsnail (due at the Meadowlark on Saturday, October 15), seems to have found a certain appreciation for the vitality of life and simple pleasures that you'll lose sight of if you're in too much of a hurry for the next big thing. With songs informed by folky pop, campfire sing-alongs and "acoustic punk" in the vein of Drinking Gourd and the Fainting Fansies, Harris's debut album, Imperfect Goodbyes, is full of kids' songs for adults. Even when they're about life's dark moments, Bearsnail's tunes bear an innocent, expansive spirit." -- Tom Murphy, Westword

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