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China Bears

Members: Ivan Proctor, Frazer Proctor, James Zealey, Dean McCaw

Location: Aylesbury

Genre: Indie Rock

Song Title: Cold Shivers

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China Bears

All About China Bears

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. In the midst of the midsummer madness they have announced the release of their exquisite debut

EP, Never Met Anyone Like You, on August 9th as well as a full national tour in November.

Ive Never Met Anyone Like You contains five tracks including ‘Stay For Good’, their barnstorming first single

on fierce panda earlier in 2019, the lusciously sadfaced springtime follow-up ‘Sunday’ and their most recent

radio outburst Cold Shivers, a slowburning journey through tremulous vocals and crushing old school emo

powerchords. Add in the deceptively blossoming Trick Myself and the quietly amazed melancholy of the title

track and you have an EP for the ages by a quartet heading for the grandest of stages.

For here is a band which gently bandies around words like 'honesty' a band which make music which can be

painfully intimate, but enormously approachable; a band which nods sagely at the stadium-sized introspection of

The National, Dry The River, Snow Patrol and Death Cab For Cutie; and a band which, in the case of the

aforementioned Sunday can come up with a sublimely sub-hysterical hook which goes: “Good God it’s a

Sunday afternoon / What are you doing on the kitchen floor again?”

Happily before cuddling up to fierce panda China Bears had already self-released three sultry tracks, ‘Meet Me

In London’, ‘Hydra’ and ‘Night Calls’, earning 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.

Along another 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 and Blackwaters and are currently cruising through

the summer festival circuit.

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