featured news
China Bears
China Bears Get Fierce!
5th March 2019
Share: Artist Profile
A barnstormingly confused fierce panda one sheet

The Act: CHINA BEARS

The Release: ‘STAY FOR GOOD’

The Format: DIGITAL SINGLE

The Release Date: MARCH 22ND 2019

The Truth: China Bears were formed in Somerset in 2015 by twin brothers Ivan (guitar / vox) and Frazer (guitar). The line-up was completed after meeting bassist James and drummer Dean at university in Guildford later that year. ‘Stay For Good’ is their first single on fierce panda and it captures the band in barnstorming mode, rattling along with a belligerence which compounds the sense of loss and confusion lurking at the core of the song: “Walking back to yours gone midnight and I don’t know what’s worse / The freezing cold or every word that you keep saying is tearing us apart / The less I know love the less it hurts…”

Perhaps unsurprisingly drawing influence from bands such as The National, Dry The River, Frightened Rabbit and Snow Patrol, China Bears create misery-strewn indie anthems combining ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyric writing. The end result is a fantastically precise sound which takes the original emo loud / quiet template of, say, Death Cab For Cutie, but adds a stadium-sized sonic suckerpunch. All of which is evinced by their forthcoming EP which will be with us in the summer as their new label home celebrates its 25th birthday. China Bears on fierce panda…this release really was meant to be.

Happily China Bears have already self-released three supple singles, ‘Meet Me In London’, ‘Hydra’ and ‘Night Calls’, with airplay from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Steve Lamacq on BBC 6music, John Kennedy on Radio X and Melita Dennett via BBC Introducing in The South. Along the way they’ve had notable support slots with acts such as Genghar, The Districts, To Kill A King, The Howl & The Hum, Declan McKenna, The Big Moon, Blackwaters and West Country soulmates October Drift, in whose Temple Studios they recorded ‘Stay For Good’.

China Bears are currently based in Buckinghamshire. See them bare their souls on the road here, here and there:

April
16th - Brighton - Sofar Sounds
17th - Reading - Purple Turtle - BBC Introducing show
20th - London - SOMA FEST
25th - Bath - Pig & Fiddle

May
1st - London - Sofar Sounds
4th - London - Sofar Sounds
9th-10th - Brighton - The Great Escape
(3 Wise Cats @ Casablanca Jazz Bar, onstage 1.15pm)
18th - Aylesbury - QPAC
20th - London - Sofar Sounds

June
8th - Headley - Hyfest
15th - Derby - Wildside Festival

July
5th - Cornbury - Cornbury Festival
6th - Dorking - The Big Bash
13th - Thame - Thame Festival
21st - Cheltenham - Frog & Fiddle s/ andy oliveri and the mountaineers

August
18th - Farnham - Weyfest

September
4th - London - Sebright Arms - EP release

"A bunch of strong sounding melodies" Steve Lamacq, BBC 6music

"Such good song-writers" Melita Dennett, BBC Introducing South

"Brilliant, I wish I sounded like that at my stage of their career" Frank Turner

www.chinabears.co.uk
www.facebook.com/chinabearsband
www.fiercepanda.co.uk

news
Enjoyable Listens
Enjoyable Listens Are Having A Laugh!
16th November 2021
Read the full story »
China Bears
China Bears Are Immovable!
9th November 2021
Read the full story »
Moon Panda
Moon Panda Go Cloud Watching!
8th November 2021
Read the full story »
Albert Gold
Do You Want Albert Gold?
27th September 2021
Read the full story »
Wynona Bleach
Wynona Bleach Get Cooking!
27th September 2021
Read the full story »
Hatcham Social
Three Cheers For Hatcham Social!
27th September 2021
Read the full story »
Moon Panda
It's Holiday Time For Moon Panda!
27th September 2021
Read the full story »
Pandemicamonium Festival 2021
Pandemicamonium Is Upon Us!
27th September 2021
Read the full story »
Chili Palmer
Chili Palmer Love E9 On Lp!
27th August 2021
Read the full story »
Chili Palmer
Chili Palmer X Gia Ford Shake Things Up!
3rd August 2021
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist
It's A Desp J Track-by-track!
27th July 2021
Read the full story »
Pandemicamonium Festival 2021
Don't Panic! It's...pandemicamonium!
27th July 2021
Read the full story »
Jekyll
Jekyll Go Spinning On New Single!
19th July 2021
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist
Desp J Go Forth On Fourth Album!
22nd June 2021
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist
Desp J Are Everything You Wanted!
17th June 2021
Read the full story »
Jekyll
Jekyll Do The Splits!
7th June 2021
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist
Desp J Get Personal On New Single!
14th May 2021
Read the full story »
Oli Swan
Oli Swan Flies In With Ep!
27th April 2021
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist
Desperate Journalist Play The Blame Game!
1st April 2021
Read the full story »
Moon Panda
Moon Panda Are Seeing Things!
30th March 2021
Read the full story »
Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 |
Newer Stories Older Stories