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SINGLE REVIEW: China Bears ‘Sunday’; The Anthem We’ll Remember Far Beyond Our 20’s Hangover Lifestyle.

‘Sunday is [China Bears] most mature song writing yet, a song with qualities far beyond their years.’

One of our best British sound writers Frank Turner summed up China Bears perfectly when he met them a few years ago he commented that they are “Brilliant, I wish I sounded like that at my stage of their career”. China Bears are both young in age as a band and as people and new single Sunday is their most mature song writing yet, a song with qualities far beyond their years.

Sunday will become a live favourite for years to come, the type of single China Bears will still be playing at every gig even when they’re multiple albums into their career.’

Whenever a band sign to legendary label Fierce Panda we’re immediately excited not only because they’ve had a history of signing phenomenal acts at the beginning of their careers but their small family style approach nurtures the best out of acts; heads up, they signed Bloc Party back in the day (come on, who doesn’t love the early Silent Alarm era) and they signed Coldplay (yeah, you may not be a fan but they basically took over the indie world). If Fierce Panda sign a band it’s worth the minimal effort it takes for you to check them out on your streaming platform. China Bears again are worthy of your time.

Sunday will become a live favourite for years to come, the type of single China Bears will still be playing at every gig even when they’re multiple albums into their career.’

China Bears proved their worth with 3 self-released singles including their jangly romance on Night Calls. Now working with the decades of experience Fierce Panda bring to a band Sunday shows China Bears pushing themselves further than anything else they’ve previously released using studio production as an instrument in its own right. That said, Sunday feels like a band that taking their first voyage into this type of craftmanship, the first successful attempt which could be a little more expansive; an expansiveness which China Bears will certainly drape across their debut album whenever they’re at that stage. Sunday will become a live favourite for years to come, the type of single China Bears will still be playing at every gig even when they’re multiple albums into their career.

Sunday is a reflective anthem of youthful discovery written about the days when you look at who you are, who you want to become and how you’re going to achieve your goals. Many of us take these mental journeys of self-discovery often at the worst of times, the times when you’re cuddling the toilet bowl or in lead singer Ivan’s case when he was “on the kitchen floor”. Typical of all of China Bears releases so far Sunday has a romantic element to it with it’s main hook being told in the voice of Ivan’s muse “Good God it’s a Sunday afternoon / What are you doing on the kitchen floor again?” Sunday shows China Bears channelling the production styling of Manchester romancers Elbow, the song-writing of former Brighton indie legends The Maccabees and the angst of the entirety of the 2000s era emo back catalogue. With 2 solid singles off the forthcoming EP we can’t wait to hear what other gems the band are nearly ready to unleash on the world.

8/10

Words: James Wadsworth

Released: 31st May 2019.

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