OnlinePrintRadioFormed in the autumn of 2007, the three young men of 85 Bears have been busy experimenting in the railway arches of East London. An instrumental band creating songs hanging tentatively on delicately looped guitar riffs, thundering bass lines, and breathtaking drum patterns. Inhale and the heart stops as the music feigns fragility, exhale and the sky come crashing down around you.
You'll swear that you can hear more than three musicians on an 85 Bears track, as their instruments intricately weave in and out of one another. The band's debut EP, 'Shipwrecking', released June 15th 2009, was recorded in one take and is blindingly raw live.
Featuring Alex Juror, ex member of iconoclastic art rockers Miocene, and Adam Hogwood of post rock noise innovators Hentai, 85 Bears, completed by Burma Guns drummer Ben Davis, have quickly formed a unique relationship that 's already promising big things for the future.
In the Bears' short existence as a band, they've already shared stages with critically acclaimed avant-garde art rockers, Enablers, and ex-Breather Resist men, Young Widows.
The band played both days at this year's Hinterland Festival, alongside bands like The Fall, Sons & Daughters, Metronomy, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Sucioperro and