Not in their wildest dreams did this furry-faced quartet believe they would attract so much support with their beard-themed band
With great beard, comes great responsibility. And like bearded superheroes, John Beardman Jnr, Facey McStubblington, Johann Beardraven and Nathanael Beard are roaming from town to town saving men from their razors.
By day the mild-mannered men build stuff, chop down trees and be all-round handymen, but by night, the quartet bring their beardthemed tunes to life and transfix men across the nation with their impressive face warmers.
The Beards became wildly popular a few years ago when their breakout hit You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man made the Triple J Hottest 100. Since then the beard-themed band has been creating trends and wooing women and men alike across the nation with their tunes.
Now the lads have hit the road spreading their pro-beard message on their Strokin’ My Beard tour, which visits Brisbane tomorrow and Byron Bay on Sunday.
“We are looking forward to spreading the message, the beards are going to get pretty sweaty, but that’s what it’s all about,” says Johann Beardraven.
“We are an actual musical band, but really the music is just a vehicle for our pro-beard propaganda, that’s kind of how we have always seen it.
“Music just kind of lends itself to spreading our message, we are looking at other avenues to get the beard message out there, like a musical, maybe even a tour where we just do some interpretative dance.”
The Beards formed when the boys decided “to just listen to our beards, and they haven’t steered us wrong yet” but if the band hadn’t formed, Beardraven says there could have been a career as a lumberjack.
“I don’t think I would need a chainsaw, because I feel like I’d be so good at it because of my beard, I’d only need one of those little handheld axes and then casually chop down trees without even trying because I’m so manly and muscular.
“I’ve never tried to do any lumberjacking before, but I have a feeling I would be excellent at it.”
Most rock bands have groupies spread across the country eagerly awaiting the bands rolling into town, although The Beards have a stable of men waiting to compare beard growth, bushiness and grab a handful of their whiskers.
“We may not have thought this through when we started this band around beards, we do get a lot of blokes groping the beards, but rest assured women find the beard quite irresistible as well, if anything we get too many women.”
The band encourages the growth of the male population and finds more and more men are showing up to be indoctrinated into the beard way of life, coming to shows with beards of all styles and varieties.
“Every beard is different, that’s one of the greatest thing about beards, they are all unique and special in their own way.
“If you want to style your beard then that’s fine, if you prefer to let it grow naturally and free and let it run wild that’s also great, we like to encourage all different shapes and sizes.
“Whatever you think works for your face is fine.”
The Beards will perform in Brisbane tomorrow and in Byron Bay on Sunday.