E.P. REVIEW: China Bears – I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You. A gift from the heavens, an absolute masterpiece

  It is with no little anticipation, and indeed excitement, that China Bears’ debut e.p. offering I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You finally drops in its complete fully-conceived form this week. The arrival of previous instalments Stay For Good, Sunday and Cold Shivers has seen a gradual demisting of a conceptual work, visually and musically. Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: China Bears – Cold Shivers. The Final Puzzle Piece Ahead of The Bears Eagerly Anticipated E.P.

Shivering has a been a staple inspiration in British guitar music down the decades. From Patrick Fitzgerald’s abstract wordplay about women defrosting and “sunshine orange skin” to Chris Martin’s sinister lyrical undercurrents in Coldplay’s breakthrough era, these little involuntary bodily reactions have been a perennial focus for musical musing. Perhaps it’s the duality of the Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

IN FOR QUESTIONING: China Bears; Fierce Panda Records New Indie Swooners Win Over Us With Their Refreshing Indie.

China Bears are everything indie has been missing since angry post-punk took over and quite frankly as much as we’re pissed off with Brexit China Bears sound is the refreshing cold lemonade after a sweaty run; we’re feeling hydrated again. And as much as we’re as excited as everyone that IDLES and others are challenging Continue Reading

INTERVIEW: Skint & Demoralised; We Find Out What’s Been Going On In The Boro Kitchen At 4am.

Skint & Demoralised may sound vaguely familiar to the Myspace generation youth bouncing round the room to their contagious indie pop in part sounding like a northern soul Arctic Monkeys fronted by Jamie T but it’s 8 years since we all danced to ‘Red Lipstick’ and to be honest we’ve all (this writer included) forgotten Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Desperate Journalist; In Search of The Miraculous: A Post Punk Concept Album That Holds Its Own Among The Best Of Its Kind.

An immense and absorbing mood piece, with Jo Bevan’s lyrical soul-bearing its deliberate and brave focal point. “There has to be the chance for something to go wrong in order for it to be rewarding when it goes right, which I suppose fits the whole theme of this record.” – Jo Bevan, Desperate Journalist in Continue Reading