Toxic Bears (トクシックベアーズ) are an avant garage and experimental punk band out of Brisbane. The members are:
Their single, Participation Awards, got the Bears a definite non-participation award, by coming 5 in the 4ZZZ Hottest 100 for 2020! The band are stoked, humbled and honoured to be ranked so high.
Their latest single is Misspent Youth. Listen to it here.
Their previous single, Big Stick, explores the viability of true independence in the face of existential threats and how such experiences can drive one to instead submit to the protection of the Big Stick. The story is told through the eyes of a famous Iraq war correspondent who despite being painfully aware of the constant moral and military failures of the invasion, eventually became a supporter of “big stick” diplomacy. The track was mixed and mastered by John Paul Peters at Private Ear Recording. Listen here!
Their previous single, Participation Awards, contemplates the implications of a society in which everyone's a winner. The track was recorded live at the band's Brisbane studio, and mixed and mastered by John Paul Peters at Private Ear Recording. Listen here!
Their previous release, Anti Social Fabric, lambasts Lycra clad cycle hoons and their impacts on everyday riders. Listen to it here!
In 2019, Toxic Bears completed the album Nine Meals. It was mastered by Jason Livermore (Propaghandi, the Descendents, All) at The Blasting Room in Colorado. Listen to it here.
The band had their album launch on the 17th of August, 2019, at the The Milk Factory Bar. (The photos below are courtesy of Johnny Pong and Jordan Pearce. More can be found in the album launch photo gallery.)
Toxic Bears’ adventures through Japan’s underground live music scene featured in The Guardian in 2015: 'No record label, no promotion, no merch, no reason not to tour Japan'. Would you like to know more?