China Bears

Originally formed in Somerset by twin brothers Ivan & Frazer, the line up was expanded in late 2015 after meeting James and Dean at university in Guildford, UK. China Bears have spent the last few years playing extensively around the UK, with notable support slots with bands such as: Genghar, The Districts, To Kill A King, Geneva, Neon Waltz and The Howl & The Hum. Rosie Peppin re-joined the band in 2022 to play keys, synths and provide additional vocals.

After self-releasing 3 singles China Bears teamed up with Fierce Panda Records for the release of their debut EP ‘I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You’, picking up attention from the likes of BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, NPR, Gigwise & Radio X. In 2020 the quartet performed a live session for Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music in support of a trio of singles; ‘I’m Not Eating Like I Used To’, ‘Statue Still’ and ‘Jolene’, which were released throughout 2020. The singles were compiled on the band’s recent EP ‘Statue Still’ alongside a stunning piano driven alternative version of the title track.

Selected as an official showcasing artist at SXSW Festival 2022 in Austin, Texas which takes place in March the alt-indie foursome completed a tour of the UK in the build up to the festival, which included a sold out show at The Lexington, London in support of new single ‘Back To How it Was’. The quintet’s new EP ‘All That Distance’ is set for release later this year and will be supported by more tour dates which will see the band taking their stadium sized sing-along anthems around the world.

‘their sound unfurls as a package of unfaltering songwriting with whispers of The National and Dry The River….Brimming with astute and sophisticated songwriting and enhanced by racing riffs and compelling percussion, it toes the line between thought-provoking and euphoric.’ Gigwise

‘the group sounds fully in command of a big, vibrant sound that calls on its influences — just about any anthemic indie-rock band of this century — while still sounding distinct’ NPR

Saturday May 7th, 2022 4:00 pmSat @ Hope Street Church
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