Bear vs Manero

Bear vs Manero


We're Bear vs Manero and we like it best when people describe us as 'weird'.


In the blue corner, weighing in at 950 pounds, the fury from the forest, nature’s destroyer, the brown bear...;

… and in the red corner, weighing in at a more modest 145 pounds, the hot footed fancy from Brooklyn, Tony Manero!

A match made in nobody’s mind bar four ambitious males from the south, Bear vs Manero were formed early 2011 in a small, dirty rehearsal studio in South London by Dan Toms (vocals), Luke Ellis (guitar), Peter Bevan (bass) and Darren Woolley (drums).

Taking more direct musical influences from the likes of the MC5, Stooges, Jesus Lizard and Black Sabbath, the quartet also plough the less obvious routes, being additionally inspired by the stagecraft, songwriting and general awesomeness of the likes of Neu!, Scott Walker and James Brown.

BvM released their debut single ‘Now is Not the Time for Impressions, Rory Bremner’ in the Spring on 2012, picking up a tidy bundle of radio support, enthusiastic reviews and a bizarre celebrity fan.

The next single, ‘The Tale of the Chameleon and the Malcontent Cockroach’, was released in December and caught the ear of Tom Robinson at 6 Music amongst others.

Regular gigs across London and the South East have allowed the four piece to hone their live show into crisp, organised mayhem, mixing equal parts pride, contempt and abandon.

The band are putting plans together for an EP release in 2013 whilst carefully building up to their debut album release late 2013/early 2014. They recorded the songs with Tim Cedar of Part Chimp at Dropout Studio in South London.


'Now is Not the Time for Impressions, Rory Bremner' (single Spring 2012)

Radio support:
Radio 2
Kerrang Radio
Absolute Radio
Q Radio

'The Tale of the Chameleon and the Malcontent Cockroach' (single Autumn 2012)

Radio support:
6 Music
Kerrang Radio
Absolute Radio
Artrocker Radio
BBC Kent