Black Bear Tribe
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Black Bear Tribe

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

New York City, NY | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Hard Rock




"New York City's Black Bear Tribe Upstage the Competition with “Crime of the Century”"

This past summer, hosted the Big Break Rock Song Contest, which called for aspiring bands and musicians to upload their original compositions and allow themselves to be judged.

The winning entry was “Crime of the Century” by New York City rock outfit Black Bear Tribe, which can be heard below or on the group’s Crime of the Century EP, currently available on iTunes and Spotify.

Here, Guitar World catches up with guitarist Sam Perry to learn a little more about what makes this exciting young band tick.

What is Black Bear Tribe’s approach to making music?
Our overall approach to writing is to capture fun, upbeat, driving rock songs that focus on big riffs.

What are the best and worst things about being a band from New York City?
The best thing is being able to play shows and get exposure. There are so many clubs that constantly need bands to fill the bill, and sometimes playing a well-known venue is as simple as shooting an email to the booking agent. The only bad thing about New York for us is that the rock and roll scene is not as vibrant as it used to be. Playing on bills with like-minded bands tends to be a problem for us.

What are your day jobs?
Some of us work in the booze industry, some of us work with kids, and some of us work with both. Jason [Kraft, vocals] is a bartender at a whiskey bar. Matt [Cincotta, bass] works in the craft beer industry. Andrew [Nesbitt, drums] works in a craft beer bar and teaches music to kids. I bartend at a tequila bar and teach children guitar.

If you had to pick one classic band and one newer band that, when combined, best describe BBT’s sound, which bands would you choose?
For a classic band I’d say Deep Purple. Ritchie Blackmore’s riffs drive the music forward with a power and urgency we definitely try to emulate in BBT. For a newer band, Queens of the Stone Age because Matt and I are constantly drawing inspiration from them in terms of lyrical aesthetic and the way they construct and layer songs.

Where would you like to see Black Bear Tribe by this time next year?
By then, our full-length album will have dropped in February and will feature all three songs on the Crime of the Century EP. We’d like to find a record label to call home, to be able to go on tour and open for like-minded bands, and have the opportunity for a larger audience to hear our music.

For more about the band, visit and follow them on Facebook. - Guitar World Magazine

"Heavy Planet's top albums of 2015"

"Big fuzz, deep honey sound, great rock vocals, bluesy vibe, beautifully crafted melodies….there’s a lot to love about this band." - Heavy Planet


Crime of the Century -EP
Coming for my Baby -Single
Forthcoming Full Length LP



Black Bear Tribe is a high-voltage rock quartet out of NYC. Formed in 2012, members Jason Kraft (vocals), Sam Perry (Guitar), Matt Cincotta (Bass) and Andrew Nesbitt (Drums) aim to bring the heavy and groovy sounds of 70’s hard rock back to the masses. In 2015, the band won Guitar World Magazine’s Big Break Rock Song competition for their single “Crime of the Century” and were featured in the December issue. The band’s Crime of the Century EP also made Heavy Planet’s top albums of 2015 list. Here’s what they had to say: “Big fuzz, deep honey sound, great rock vocals, bluesy vibe, beautifully crafted melodies… there’s a lot to love about this band.” Black Bear Tribe is also a Pigtronix Effects endorsed artist. If you think Rock is dead maybe its time to Join the Tribe.

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