“A bunch of strong sounding melodies" Steve Lamacq, BBC 6
"Such good song-writers" Melita Dennett, BBC Introducing
"Brilliant, I wish I sounded like that at my stage of their career" Frank Turner
"Striking harmonies" Richard Jupp, former drummer of Elbow
China Bears formed in Somerset in 2015 by twin brothers Ivan and Frazer. The line up was completed after meeting James and Dean at university in Guildford later that year. Drawing influence from bands such as: The National, Dry The River, Frightened Rabbit and Snow Patrol, China Bears create misery anthemic indie combining ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyric writing. They've currently released 3 singles independently with airplay from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Steve Lamacq on BBC radio 6, John Kennedy on Radio X and Melita Dennett on BBC Introducing.
After spending the last couple of years extensively playing around the UK they have had notable support slots for bands such as: Genghar, The Districts, To Kill A King, Declan Mckenna, The Big Moon and more. 2018 Festival highlights include appearances at: Victorious, Neverworld, Lost Evenings, Are you listening? The Alternative Escape and Bristol Harbour Festival.
China Bears are currently based in Buckinghamshire.