Bear vs. Shark

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Bear vs. Shark
OriginHighland, Michigan
GenresPost-hardcore, emo, indie rock, punk rock
Years active2001–2005, 2016-present
LabelsEqual Vision
Associated actsCannons, Champions of History, Matthew Dear, Bars of Gold, Wildcatting
MembersMarc Paffi
Derek Kiesgen
Mike Muldoon
John Gaviglio
Ashley Horak
Past membersBrandon Moss

Bear vs. Shark are an American post-hardcore band from Highland, Michigan. They were founded in 2001 and disbanded in 2005 after releasing one EP and two full-length studio albums while signed to Equal Vision Records. The band later reunited for some shows in 2016.


The members of the group have known each other all their lives with some members forming friendships as early as pre-school. The band actually formed during their college years when the members were playing in separate projects.[1] The group's original drummer Brandon Moss left the group and was replaced by Ashley Horak. The group has cited classic rock and punk as well as The Clash, Fugazi, and Motown as influences to the group's sound.[2]

The group initially sent a demo to Equal Vision Records and a representative from the label flew out immediately to sign the group.[1] Since the release of Right Now You're in the Best of Hands... the band has toured the United States extensively headlining & opening for other major acts such as Coheed and Cambria. The group quickly gained attention from fans and fellow musicians as well. The group is also known for their high-energy stage show most notably by Marc Paffi, who is known to move around the stage frantically during performances. Most of the band members also switched playing instruments during their sets, which was a regular occasion. Though it has been circulated that the band's name comes from the shape of Michigan, Gaviglio has said in an interview that they believed it was "super badass and sounded interesting."[1]


On December 21, 2005 the band posted on their website that they decided to call it quits. Although the band didn't cite any specific reason for the breakup John Gaviglio was featured in the April 2006 issue of Alternative Press where he did an op-ed piece on the hardships of touring extensively. The band has also been very vocal that they didn't like their touring conditions.[citation needed]


On May 22, 2016 the band announced a reunion show to benefit in Flint, Michigan, which later followed with a small string of additional dates.[3][4] Equal Vision Records also released info on a re-issuing of the band's two full-length albums on a joint vinyl release.

On May 27, 2017 band played at Bled Fest festival.

Post Bear vs. Shark[edit]

The band contributed a track called "Victoria Iceberg" to the Masters of Horror Soundtrack.

Marc Paffi is also lead singer of Bars of Gold with fellow member Brandon Moss.

Mike Muldoon and John Gaviglio together with help of Mark Maynard have started a band project called Cannons, centralized in Brooklyn.[5]

Right Now, You're in the Best of Hands... and Terrorhawk were released on vinyl by Friction Records, with Right Now, You're in the Best of Hands included two previously unreleased tracks, California Hot Seat (originally heard on the (1653 EP) and June 7. Also, a special picture disc version of Terrorhawk was released, with artwork by Jeff VandenBerg.[6]

Marc Paffi recorded vocals for the song "1999" on the band If He Dies He Dies release Conquistador on Friction Records.[7]

Marc Paffi, Mike Muldoon, and Brandon Moss started a band together called Champions of History.[8]

Brandon Moss is also a member of the band Wildcatting.[9] In addition to Wildcatting, Brandon Moss also plays horns in Don't Stand So Close To Me, a jazz/fusion ensemble that mixes solid hits from The Police.

John Gaviglio played in Matthew Dear's Big Hands[10]

Band members[edit]

Final line-up
Past members
2016 line-up


Studio albums
  • 1653 (2001, Self Released)

Music videos[edit]

  • Catamaran (2005)


  1. ^ a b c "Bear vs. Shark Interview". 2005-06-15. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  2. ^ "Bear Vs Shark (MySpace Music)".
  3. ^ Bear vs Shark announce reunion tour dates
  4. ^ Bear Vs Shark announces reunion show to benefit
  5. ^ "Cannons (MySpace Music)".
  6. ^ "FRICTION - BEAR VS SHARK". Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  7. ^ "If He Dies He Dies (MySpace Music)".
  8. ^ "Champions of History (MySpace Music)".
  9. ^ "WILDCATTING (MySpace Music)".
  10. ^ "Matthew Dear (MySpace Music)".
  11. ^ a b c Interview with band on

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