|China Bears Back Themselves!|
|20th January 2022|
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| A classic fierce panda one sheet
The Act: CHINA BEARS
The Release: ‘BACK TO HOW IT WAS'
The Format: DIGITAL SINGLE
The Release Date: FEBRUARY 4TH 2022
The Truth: China Bears still consist of twin brothers Ivan (guitar / vox) and Frazer (guitar) alongside bassist James and drummer Dean. 'Back To How It Was' is a brand new track which precedes an springtime EP to coincide with their loooong-awaited debut at SXSW. We're not sure if you can describe a band's sound as 'classic' when they haven't even released their debut album, but in this case if we're allowed to then 'Back To How It Was' is classic soft focus China Bears, all trembling guitars and mournful vocals from singer Ivan, who says of the track thusly:
"'Back To How It Was’ is a song that has been put together and then taken apart a number of times, weaving its way in and out of the live set in different formations and structures. With the help of Ethan Proctor (BRIDGES) the version you hear today started to reveal itself. Similar to its creation, back to how it was draws on how relationships aren’t always working, but it takes everyone involved to want to fix it and try to make it better. However, this isn’t always the case and people part ways, for better or for worse, only time can really tell."
'Back To How It Was' follows the ‘Statue Still’ EP which collected together China Bears' three tub-thumping lockdown singles from 2020 - 'Statue Still', 'I'm Not Eating Like I Used To' and 'Jolene' - and added on a brand new lovely sultry stripped down version of the title track.
One of the many, many casualties of the Covid 19 impact on SXSW ‘20 – they were due to play an official panda showcase at Edwin’s on March 20th as well as other key shows in Austin – China Bears were then supposed to find some solace playing a springtime tour of the UK…which then got rescheduled for September…which was re-rescheduled for spring 2021...which finally took place in October. Furry fingers crossed these spring '22 plans bear some kind of fruity fruition...
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