A dramatic new line up and fierce new electronic sounds are promised from Bearsuit with the release of their eagerly awaited album The Phantom Forest which will be released on March 14th.
As a taster of what to now expect from the Norwich based five piece can be heard on the latest single When Will I Be Queen? which will be available through Fortuna POP! on February 28th as 7″ vinyl or digital download.
Quirky schizophrenic vocals, coupled with killer beats, filthy bass and synths, When Will I Be Queen? finds Bearsuit in superb form with what could easily be construed as a topical song that is definitely not aimed at Kate Middleton!
The album Phantom Forest promises a fierce new sound from the band who have swapped violins, flutes and horns for dirty synths, urgent guitars and infectious beats in the light of a dramatic line-up change.
New recruits are Charlene Katuwawala on bass and keyboards and Joe Naylor on drums, they join existing members Iain Ross, Lisa Horton and Jan Robertson, effectively giving the band an option of five vocalists to compliment the new musical direction.
Bearsuit – When Will I Be Queen?
The disco-synth debut single Please Don’t Take Him Back was playlisted on BBC 6Music in October, as well as being hotly tipped in the music press including Artrocker. Weeks later and their second release A Train Wreck was rated an NME Top 10 Download and Track of the Day at Clash Magazine.
Bearsuit lead into 2011 having secured a profile spot on the upcoming SXSW Festival in Texas for Huw Stephens Radio 1 showcase. The band have previously supported the likes of Crystal Castles, You Say Party! and Hot Chip, but will headline their own UK tour in March.
Bearsuit live dates:
Feb 25 – The Labour Club, Northampton
Feb 26 – 100 Club, London (London Indie-Pop Fest featuring Monochrome Set) SOLD OUT
Feb 27 – The Hope, Brighton
March 4 – Head of Steam, Newcastle Upon Tyne
March 5 – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
March 6 – Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
March 7 – Norwich Arts Centre
March 8 – The Well, Leeds
March 9 – The Haymakers, Cambridge
March 10 – Boileroom, Guildford
March 11 – The Railway Inn, Winchester
March 12 – The Cavern, Exeter
March 13 – The Harley, Sheffield
March 15 – SXSW Festival, Austin Texas
March 16 – SXSW Festival, Austin Texas
March 17 – SXSW Festival, Austin Texas
March 18 – SXSW Festival, Austin Texas
March 19 – SXSW Festival, Austin Texas
April 2 – The Windmill, London