Kickin’ Bear was formed three years ago in the tiny beach community of Ocean City, New Jersey. The group was founded by members Rob Swift, Chris Ingram, Wayne Gallagher, and Tom Williamson during the dissolution of their Jersey Rock band, After the Universe.
Kickin’ Bear is a roots rock band living and gigging in West Philadelphia. Originally from Southern NJ, its members have been playing music together since childhood, performing in various bands and projects. The Bear combines elements of rock & roll, blues, folk and world sound to achieve a unique musical experience that is classic in appeal yet fresh in content.
The band set out for Philadelphia in the fall of 2009, hoping to bring their music to a wider audience. With new bassist Dan Boardman and violinist Eamonn Connor, they have performed at popular Philadelphia venues such as The Trocadero, World Cafe Live and The Fire. A KB live concert showcases their original music, with a focus on exploratory improvisation. The band dawns an assortment of obscure instruments on stage such as Indian sitar, violin, mandolin, banjo, Fender Rhodes and more.
Kickin’ Bear recently finished recording their debut album, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other music outlets. 100% self produced and recorded, the album attempts to recreate the sound of old 70s vinyl by combining traditional recording methods and vintage instruments to produce a unique and retro sound. Looking forward, the band is currently recording their follow up at Range Recording Studio’s in Ardmore Pennsylvania.
Kickin’ Bear is:
Wayne Gallagher: Piano, Vocals
Rob Swift: Lead Guitar, Harmonica, Sitar, Uke, Lead and Backup Vocals
Tom Williamson: Guitar, Mandolin, Lead and Backup Vocals
Chris Ingram: Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Vocals
Dan Boardman: Bass, Vocals
Eamonn Connor: Violin, Cello, Vocals
Psychedelic driven roots rock from Philly, Kickin' Bear gives you a little slice of Americana then slaps you in the face. Scorching lead guitar work and stellar musicianship provide the backbone for this 70's classic rock inspired band. Plain and simple, Kickin' Bear is a great American rock n' roll band!