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Video of the Moment #1972: Eliza and the Bear

 
By on Wednesday, 9th December 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Eliza and the Bear have a new single out now, ‘It Gets Cold’. If this sounds familiar, there’s no wonder – the band released the song as a single as part of an EP last year – but this is a new and improved version of the song, reworked and re-recorded. In its new form, ‘It Gets Cold’ will be included on their debut album ‘Eliza and the Bear’, out on the 1st of April 2016.

In one of the more energetic videos we’ve featured as of late, the promo for ‘It Gets Cold’ stars the band performing the song while a band of actors bring the song to life onstage. Watch it below. Past coverage of Eliza and the Bear on TGTF is through here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF7FAUgGAgI[/youtube]

 

Eliza and the Bear / September and October 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 18th August 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Eliza and the Bear are set to embark on a lengthy UK tour starting in just over a month, in support of their recent EP ‘Light It Up’. You can find the video for the upbeat EP track ‘It Gets Cold’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Check out TGTF’s earlier coverage of Eliza and the Bear here.

Friday 19th September 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Wednesday 24th September 2014 – Cardiff Clwb lfor Bach
Thursday 25th September 2014 – Bristol Fleece
Friday 26th September 2014 – Bedford Esquires
Monday 29th September 2014 – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 30th September 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 2nd October 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Friday 3rd October 2014 – Stoke-On-Trent Sugarmill
Saturday 4th October 2014 – Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Monday 6th October 2014 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 9th October 2014 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 10th October 2014 – Dundee Buskers
Sunday 12th October 2014 – Leeds Cockpit 2
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 15th October 2014 – Leicester Scholars Bar
Thursday 16th October 2014 – London Islington Academy

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The Satellite Tour starring Sons and Lovers, Eliza and the Bear and Fred Page / February 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 3:00 pm
 

London bands Sons and Lovers (pictured above) and Eliza and the Bear and solo artist Fred Page will be joining forces on a tour in February as part of the Satellite ‘New Music. New Circuit’ Tour.

Tickets are available now for the ridiculously affordable sum of £4 each. No excuses now, are there? But if you fancy it, we’re running a competition for two (2) pairs of tickets to any of the dates of your choice early next week. Keep an eye on our Twitter (@tgtf) next Monday (the 3rd of February) for more details!

Wednesday 5th February 2014 – Canterbury Ballroom
Thursday 6th February 2014 – High Wycombe Bucks New Uni SU
Friday 7th February 2014 – Ipswich Malthouse
Saturday 8th February 2014 – Rotherham Trades
Monday 10th February 2014 – York Duchess
Tuesday 11th February 2014 – Carlisle Brickyard
Thursday 13th February 2014 – Ayr Basement Coffee House
Friday 14th February 2014 – Dumfries Venue
Saturday 15th February 2014 – Durham Fishtank
Monday 17th February 2014 – Preston Ferret
Tuesday 18th February 2014 – Conwy Departure Lounge
Thursday 20th February 2014 – Aberystwyth Uni SU
Friday 21st February 2014 – Witney Fat Lils
Saturday 22nd February 2014 – Exeter Cavern

 

Live Review: Roundhouse Rising at Sage Gateshead with Mausi, Eliza and the Bear, Death at Sea and Amy Holford – 17th February 2013

 
By on Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

The beautiful Sage in Gateshead recently played host to Roundhouse Rising, the first time the event has taken place in association with Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency based in the North East. Martin, our correspondent from that region, was in attendance as four acts vied for the attention of the audience assembled.

First up is Amy Holford. Last time TGTF caught up with her was at Evolution Festival last year, where her delicate strummings were drowned out by the boiling hormones of a thousand 14-year-olds. Tonight, her voice done justice by a proper sound system, delicate material laid bare before a respectful, silent crowd, her full potential is plain to see. The main attraction is a soul voice of such power that it could perform any Motown single from the 60s without breaking a sweat. It swoops and bends through microtones long forgotten in this age of production tricks, one moment honey-sweet, the next buzz-saw provocative, a reminder of how powerful and sensuous a barely-clothed female voice can sound.

Amy Holford Gateshead live

The problem is, she’s singing about her grandfather’s cancer. And how a long-gone, but clearly not forgotten, boyfriend didn’t text message her frequently enough. Imagine Amy’s current set distilling down into a pleasant acoustic interlude, bookended by some full band productions in whichever style she chooses – be that soul, electronica, or Tibetan nose flute ensemble – and it is to imagine a great voice put to good use. She might even bring in some writers to put together some material with broader appeal. The current songs are clearly close to her heart, and I wouldn’t for a minute suggest she abandon them altogether. But the next stage in her career surely demands a fuller sound to do justice to that wonderful voice.

Death at Sea Gateshead live

Death At Sea (pictured above) have very little time to make an impact, and their triple-headed guitar assault was always going to struggle on first listen. They’re like your little brother’s bedroom band, all earnest pop-grunge and Converse All-Stars, so they do have their niche, it’s just that it’s a rather densely-occupied corner. Nowhere near as innocent are Eliza and the Bear (pictured below). There is no Eliza, and no Bear, in their lineup; what there are is five astonishingly fashionable haircuts accompanied by 30 minutes of quite the most bland music one might ever have the misfortune to experience. From the “and the” nomenclature, through the formulaic loud-quiet-loud-trumpetparps-quiet-loud-aren’t-we-so-folky-even-though-we’re-all-from-Romford arrangements, to the vague, pseudo-deep-and-meaningful lyrics and can’t-be-arsed trendier-than-thou delivery, Eliza and the Bear seem on a mission from the Devil himself to rid music of any meaning or relevance at all. Take ‘The Southern Wild’, for instance – two chords, some twee, twinkly keyboards, loads of “oh-oh-ohs”, stop-starts all over the place, all drizzled with the pointless refrain “You’ve got a lion’s heart / you’ve gotta find it”. And that goddamn trumpet everywhere… somebody please stab me now. They are a photocopy of a successful sound – a cynical recipe made up of familiar tastes. Like the flavour factories that create the fast food experience, there’s no nutrition involved, nothing meaty, just the baubles that sound superficially like music but dissolve into emptiness in your brain.

Eliza and the Bear Gateshead live

Everyone’s last hope is for Mausi (pictured at top) to pull it out of the bag after such a patchy undercard – and, praise be to the Gods of music, they do not disappoint. A curious combination of Italian style leavened with North East party ethos, Mausi serve up a luscious plate of uptempo stompers and downtempo emotion, Daisy Finetto prancing around the stage like the coolest girl-next-door everyone hopes to bump into. Latest single ‘Move’ has the Sage bouncing, its verging-on-cheesy Europop a delightful guilty pleasure. Previous release ‘Sol’ brings a similar slice of summery dance vibes to a chilly February evening. No doubt favoured as headliner because of their ability with a groove, nevertheless Mausi do put in the most enjoyable and mature set of the night.

 
 
 

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