• Black Squirrel Books (map)
  • 1073 Bank Street
  • Ottawa, ON

Founded in 2010 in Ottawa, Canada, Scary Bear Soundtrack is an indie dream pop project, featuring the works of Gloria Guns. Over the years, the act has performed in a number of unusual spaces such as Nunavut and Namibia, following Gloria’s career path as a human rights lawyer and researcher. Gloria’s background in human rights also serves as inspiration for the band’s lyrics, which unabashedly address social issues such as violence against women (in songs like “Fault Lines”), racism (“Asian Fetishist”), and environmental conservation (“Beaver Pond Forest”). Although the band’s lineup has changed over the years to accommodate the band’s various relocations, Scary Bear Soundtrack has always prioritized the inclusion of emerging women artists and people of colour, recognizing the importance of promoting a diversity of voices in the music world. Musically, CBC Radio has compared Scary Bear Soundtrack’s sound to the Postal Service, Stars, and the Cocteau Twins. The band makes ample use of synths and heavy reverb guitars processed through chorus pedals and vintage amps, blending layers of shoegaze with synth pop. The band also often employs complex three-part vocal harmonies, thanks to the band members’ classical music training during childhood.

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