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11 November @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm£6
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.
Perhaps unsurprisingly drawing influence from bands such as The National, Dry The River, Frightened Rabbit and Snow Patrol, China Bears create misery-strewn indie anthems combining ambient guitars, choral vocals and raw lyric writing. The end result is a fantastically precise sound which takes the original emo loud / quiet template of, say, Death Cab For Cutie, but adds a stadium-sized sonic sucker punch. All of which is evinced by their forthcoming debut EP out on August 9th via Fierce Panda records.
CIEL: Escaping from a small town in The Netherlands, dream-pop artist CIEL moved to Brighton mid-2018. Living in the city’s creative community, frontwoman Michelle Hindriks found a surge of inspiration and soon formed a band with her new, like-minded friends – turning her solo act into a band project for the first time. With the move abroad also came a change in sound. Where back in The Netherlands Hindriks’ music was inspired by her being stuck in a dark period and feeling like she didn’t fit in, Brighton made her open up and this personal transition can be heard in the music CIEL has created since. CIEL’s latest work sees a set of nostalgic pop songs, consisting of retro-sounding synths and chorus-y reverbed guitars laced with whispered vocal melodies.
Murmur: are an alt grunge band born in East Staffordshire, currently based in Brighton. Murmur produce playful yet dark themes, providing a backdrop for their socially conscious lyrics.