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“In Canada, we do best musically as innovators, like Crystal Castles. This band, maybe they’re not working in a pop format, but I think that’s good. I think there’s a real temptation living so close to the border to ape American culture, or try to come up with a facsimile of what’s popular, what’s dictated by the States. This band is weird. And very Canadian.” -Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade, Operators) on CBC Radio’s Q

“A duo […] who beautifully blend shoe gaze and dream pop soundscapes and are led by Gloria Gun’s indelible vocals. ‘The Longest Night’ ft. Avid Napper is a night-time synth-pop landscape, vivid and cool, showcasing Gun’s vocals against atmospheric electronic and restrained beats.” –
Lina Asfour-Muir
, Host of Ladies First, CHUO FM.

“The six-song Ovayok Road is a whirlwind of fun dream pop with hints of shoegaze. The songs are beautifully imagined, layered with synths and vocal harmonies that together create a truly euphonic experience.” -Matias Munoz, Mixtape Magazine

“The track is a super-hooky and propulsive synth-pop number with endless replay value and we couldn’t be more impressed.” –Silent Shout, about Victoria Island

“…upbeat, an atmospheric synth-pop sound reminiscent of the 1980s…” -Sarah Rogers, journalist for Nunatsiaq News

“Sexual politics have never been so cute!” -Katie Marsh, Apartment613

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Scary Bear Soundtrack is pleased to present its fourth record Boomerang Kids.

Blending indie dream pop, twee pop and shoe gaze, with influences by Sonic Youth, the Cranberries, and Cocteau Twins, Scary Bear Soundtrack is the Ottawa-based music project of multi-instrumentalist Gloria Guns. Since its inception in 2010, the band has over the years generally resisted the conventional three-minute pop song format, inspired in part by Toronto music review the Lonely Vagaband’s No Pop manifesto.

Despite the band’s direction to “turn off the radios, they don’t sing about us”, Scary Bear Soundtrack has still emerged on national airwaves, making their mark in Canadian music. In 2015 their song about gender-based violence “Fault Lines” made it to the national final top 4 in CBC Music’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s Best New Artist. This success followed the success of their single “The Longest Night”, a collaboration with Avid Napper that made it to the top 10 acts across Canada in the national round for CBC Music’s Searchlight for Canada’s Best New Artist in 2014. The Longest Night was also included in the Top 103 Songs of the Year by CBC Music after making it to #2 on CBC Radio 3’s R3-30 Countdown where it remained for a month.

The band has been compared to Canadian indie pop bands Alvvays, Tegan and Sara, and Stars, receiving praise from Torquil Campbell himself (Stars) as well as Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Operators, Handsome Furs) and Sarah Slean. The band has played at Canadian festivals including Ottawa Bluesfest, Mirror Mountain Film Festival, Megaphono, JUNOfest, Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, and Northwest Territories Pride.

All of this success brought on the band’s sold-out album release party for their latest album, Boomerang Kids. Recorded by Mike Dubue in a hundred-year-old church in the small community of Quyon, Quebec, the album focuses on the millennial experience, combining songs written over the past decade to voice “all the anxiously nostalgic reflection that comes from being that weird age where old people think you’re too young and young people think you talk too much on Facebook,” according to Gloria.

Gloria describes the album as “touching on all the hashtag hits of our time like dude bros, seeking out your diasporic roots, Millennial bashing, Millennial burnout, getting your gear stolen, awkwardly moving back in to your parents’ house, and conversely, realizing that sometimes you *are* the adult in the room.” The album also explores other dimensions of identity, including experiences as a second generation Korean-Canadian (“Asian Fetishist” and “Pyongyang”)).

Sticking to their theme of blending the present with nostalgia of the past, Boomerang Kids can be purchased in both digital and vinyl formats on Bandcamp. For more information please visit scarybearsoundtrack.com. Scary Bear Soundtrack can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @scarybearsoundtrack.

Gina Nelson

“There have been few releases that radiate as much warmth as this formerly Nunavut-based (now Ottawa) group’s latest EP does. The synth-pop songs don’t need a lot to keep listeners happy; a catchy beat that will have you grooving along, a few refrains, and of course the lush lyrics that transport you away. The self-titled track guides you with shimmery guitars and a lo-fi backing beat as it implores you: “C’mon let’s spend the night outside/Yes I know you’re afraid of mosquito bites.” “My First Northern Lights” commands you to unplug and connect with the natural wonders around you. “Blanket Burritos” is a heavy-sounding tribute to warmth itself. The majesty of the arctic is detailed by “Victoria Island,” and it all draws to a close with the celebratory “Water Truck.” Not an ounce of filler here.” –Grayowl Point

There’s definitely that 80s synth New Wave influence, at the same time there seems to be a natural leaning towards pop hooks and harmonies...” -Lonely Vagabond

“The band evokes its Nunavut-in-winter landscape with this dreamy, icy, spacious, synth-pop gem. There’s something haunting about the duo’s whisper-like vocals floating over the driving beat and then the fade-out for the final image, delivered with bittersweet clarity: “Learn to walk with broken legs.” -Andrea Warner, producer at CBC Music

Scary Bear Soundtrack in the media:

“Talking Albums: Scary Bear Soundtrack” Apt613, May 5, 2020

14 emerging Asian Canadian female artists for International Women’s Day” by Kristin Fund, Cold Tea Collective, March 5, 2019

“Live music galleries: Ottawa Bluesfest, day five – Scary Bear Soundtrack” J. Probichaud, My (Life In) Music Lists, July 10, 2019

“Bluesfest: Day 5 Preview” Apt613, July 9, 2019

“Big year for Ottawa band Scary Bear Soundtrack includes spot at RBC Bluesfest” Ottawa Matters, July 9, 2019

“Album reviews” Ottawa Life Magazine, April 1, 2019

“Scary Bear Soundtrack Album Release Party” Wildworks, March 31, 2019

“Scary Bear Soundtrack and Salmon Ella @ Black Squirrel Books” Photogmusic, March 31, 2019

“Local musicians shine for the weekend” CBC Ottawa, March 29, 2019

“11 show picks from the MEGAPHONO lineup” Apt613, February 4, 2019

“Resolutions & Skinny Jeans: The Story Behind Scary Bear Soundtrack’s Single Pyongyang” Soundposter, January 2019

“5 acts to see at Marvest” Ottawa Citizen, September 13, 2017

“Spotlight on Marvest: Scary Bear Soundtrack” Spotlight Ottawa, September 13, 2017

“Audible/Visual Hoots” Grayowl Point, June 23, 2017

“Asian Heritage Month: What does a musician look like?” Ottawa Beat, May 19, 2017

“Muse Collective aims to champion women’s voices,” Ottawa Beat, March 9, 2017

“RBC Bluesfest July 17th Picks,” The Revue, July 17, 2016

“Ottawa Bluesfest 2016: Day 9,” Photogmusic, July 2016

“Best of 2015,” Mixtape Magazine, December 2015

“A few overlooked acts in 2015: the year end edition,” Grayowl Point, December 29, 2015

“Best Music of 2015,” Silent Shout, December 2015

“Behind the Lines: Exploring Fresh Tracks From A Nunavut Town,”  Up Here Magazine, October 2015

“RASP Radio Show No.47 My First Northern Lights,” Jeff Appleton, RASP Radio Show, August 29, 2015

“New Release: Scary Bear Soundtrack – Ovayok Road,” Silent Shout, August 28, 2015

“Review – Scary Bear Soundtrack,” Jenna Melanson, Canadian Beats, August 17, 2015

“Nunavut, set to music,” Brian Pehora, The Arctic Journal, August 14, 2015

“Scary Bear Soundtrack brings the northern life to life”, Coral Andrews, The Record (Waterloo), August 14, 2015


“Nunavut pop duo sings of Arctic outdoors, social issues,” Sarah Rogers, Nunatsiaq News, August 12, 2015

“Nunavut at NWT Pride: Interviews with The Jerry Cans and Scary Bear,” Anubha Momin, Finding True North, August 9, 2015

“Scary Bear Soundtrack’s new EP inspired by time in Nunavut,” Elyse Skura, CBC News, July 29, 2015

“New on Indiegogo: Pre-order Pre-order Scary Bear Soundtrack’s Ovayok Road album,” Apt613, July 7, 2015

“Live Music Picks,” CBC Ottawa, June 25, 2015

Mention on All in a Day with Alan Neal, CBC Radio One, March 16, 2015

“FAWM 2015 Week 4: My Favourite Songs,” Pop Mythology, March 1, 2015

“Trade show ends with a bang,” Nunavut News/North, February 16, 2015

“11 Northern Love Songs to Melt Your Heart”, Finding True North, February 12, 2015

“Ice Breaker,” McClung’s Magazine, Winter 2015 (page 11)

“Arctic Tracks: The Longest Night – Scary Bear Soundtrack and Avid Napper,” Above & Beyond Magazine, January 2015 (page 49) (cropped excerpt here)

“Top Songs of 2014: Honourable Mentions,” Silent Shout, December 17, 2014

“CBC Radio 3’s Top 103 Canadian indie songs of 2014,” CBC Radio 3, December 1, 2014

Superhero Supports,” Feel Real Radio, CKLB FM, Yellowknife, NWT, November 27, 2014

“Bands, dancers, hungry to help,” Nunavut News/North, November 24, 2014

“Techno tunes take the night,” The Yellowknifer, November 5, 2014

“Radio Taïga: Java d’enfer à l’After 8,” L’Aquilon, October 23, 2014

Interview with Canadian Beats, October 21, 2014

We Are The New Underground: Interview with Almark, October 20, 2014

“Northern Profiles: Where there are no streets to be named,” The Arctic Journal, Nuuk, Greenland, October 1, 2014

“An Interview with Cambridge Bay’s Scary Bear Soundtrack,” Finding True North, September 23, 2014

“Scary Bear and Napper make music,” Nunavut News/North, September 8, 2014

“Teachers put cool back in school,” Nunavut News/North, June 9, 2014

“CSC grad has top 10 finish in Canadian national music contest,” Chadron State College News, Nebraska, May 21, 2014

“Video of the week: A long night’s journey into spring”, The Arctic Journal, May 9, 2014

“Real Friends”, Feel Real Radio, CKLB FM May 1, 2014

“Cambridge Bay duo scores nationally with ode to Arctic winter”, Nunatsiaq News, April 28, 2014

Ladies First CHUO 89.1 FM, April 3, 2014

Nunavut News/North, March 24, 2014

CBC Music: Searchlight 2014: 12 more early standouts chosen by Grant Lawrence, March 19, 2014

Apartment613: Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus, January 15, 2013

Photogmusic Live CHUO 89.1 FM, January 14, 2013

Wildworks CKCU CKCU 93.1 FM, January 16, 2012

Apartment613 Live CHUO 89.1 FM, January 12, 2013

Apartment613: Scary Bear Soundtrack presents Asian Fetishist – Sexual politics have never been so cute!, May 17, 2012

The Fifth Column: Scary Bear Soundtrack Performs “Beaver Pond Forest”, July 24, 2011

PhotogMusic: Scary Bear Soundtrack – Asian Fetishist [4in1 Session Video]

PhotogMusic:Scary Bear Soundtrack – Asian Fetishist [Music Video]

PhotogMusic: Scary Bear Soundtrack @ Babylon Nightclub [Photos]

PhotogMusic: Ottawa Fashion Week 2011

“I enjoyed your concert more than the Josh Groban concert!” -Gloria’s dad

“The biggest thing to hit Namibia since Westlife?” -Karen, former US military pilot

“Um, they’re from CAMBRIDGE BAY, NUNAVUT, which is not only one of the most remote Canadian towns, but one of the most remote towns on Earth. That hasn’t stopped this band from creating beautiful indie-synth-pop in the vein of the Postal Service, Stars, and the Cocteau Twins.” -Grant Lawrence, host at CBC Radio 3

“One of Canada’s hottest acts of the moment comes from the cold of Nunavut. Their sound hearkens back to an era just as far-removed…” -Kevin McGwin, The Arctic Journal (Greenland)


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