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Rising talent spreading out

Boy and Bear will hit the Andergrove Tavern on May 23 as part of its Remember the Mexican tour.
Boy and Bear will hit the Andergrove Tavern on May 23 as part of its Remember the Mexican tour. Contributed

YOU might see Boy and Bear frontman Dave Hosking take a jog along the Pioneer River when the Sydney band visits Mackay in May.

When Hosking is on tour he likes to take his joggers and get as much exercise as he can.

"Otherwise I will come back the size of a house, plus it keeps me level," he said.

Boy and Bear will stop into the Andergrove Tavern on May 23 as part of its Remember the Mexican tour.

The past 12 months have been a big journey for the band after winning six 2011 ARIA awards and having songs named among Triple J's Hottest 100.

"The thought behind the Remember the Mexican tour was the band received so much exposure last year and with so many accolades we wanted to recognise our roots and the people who have been there from the start.

"The style of the tour is to spread far and wide."

Hosking said the group had never played in some of the regional cities it will visit, and the band members had no idea what to expect of the tour.

"It's funny; because you cannot group all regional towns as the same they are all so different.

"One night you can be playing in these beautiful old venues and then be playing at less-established places where everyone is (drunk) - either way it makes touring exciting."

While the band knows what it is like to have the glitz of success, Hosking says it is not always glamorous.

"One day we are at the ARIAs and feature in Triple J's Hottest 100 and then we are playing at a really s**t venue," he said. "You have to take it with a grain of salt.

"We want to get better and there is so much room for us to grow; we are really just scratching the surface of what we hope to achieve."

Hosking said along with the regional tour, which consists of 27 dates across Australia, the band is in the middle of writing material for its new album.

However, when they are not on stage, writing music or in transit it becomes a bit of a waiting game.

"Whether it is in the van, in the green room or the motel room - we do a lot of waiting," he said.

"But it is great because in those moments we learn to relax."

Tickets are on sale now through the Andergrove Tavern.


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