BIRD TO BEAST TO HEADLINE BBC’S “ROCK THE DOCK” AT MEDIA CITY, SALFORD

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Bird To Beast have rightly built themselves a reputation as a must-see live act, as their whistle-stop tour around the UK this summer has proven.

They’ve been asked to alight on the 31st July at Salford’s Media City – home of the BBC – by BBC 6 Music DJ and long-term supporter, Chris Hawkins. 

And, armed with a raft of wildly addictive, quirky folk-pop tunes and a captivating stage presence, they’re sure to win over the crowd of media professionals and music-loving public alike!

Praise for Bird To Beast:

“Elephant – we’ve been playing a lot and enjoying!” – Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“I love this – so I’m going to play an album track from Bird to Beasts’ debut album” – STEVE LAMACQ, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“Lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!” – Elizabeth Alker, BBC RADIO6 MUSIC
“Suggesting Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and Rufus Wainwright at his most beautifully opulent, theirs is a flowing psych-pop folk hybrid that overflows with prettiness, engulfing the listener in rapture”- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

BIRD TO BEAST RELEASE NEW SINGLE, “CATACOMBS” & GETS FIRST PLAY ON RADCLIFFE & MACONIE’S BBC 6 MUSIC SHOW

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SINGLE – Catacombs
IMPACT DATE –  June 2014
LABEL – MUK Records

Q: What links The Hollies’ Bobby Elliot and Bird to Beast’s Sam and Hannah Hird?
A: Bird to Beast‘s new single, Catacombs – and the Lancashire mill-town of Colne…

After a breakthrough start to 2014, Bird To Beast deliver another wonderfully infectious song, Catacombs. And it marks them as songwriters of real note, showcasing an ear for the enticingly odd and attractively dreamy.

Catacombs is not only Bird To Beast’s most lovely and touching single yet, but it also features shuffling percussion from Hollies drummer Bobby Elliott.

The song got its first radio play on Radcliffe and Maconie‘s BBC 6 Music show – with Mark enthusing about the song – and was particularly impressed that Bobby was playing on the track.

Bobby lives in the same Lancashire town of Colne as Sam and Hannah, and after meeting the band – and being wooed by their inventive sound – got involved.

Catacombs is a fabulous single, drawing listeners in with sweetly cooing vocals on love and life, and a coiling, surprising melody, mixing a gorgeous lullaby with rumbustious excitement.

The single is backed with live favourite Posture and Pantomime as a B-side.

Its release follows a whirlwind few months for Bird To Beast, seeing them gaining wonderful UK radio support – including Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Chris Hawkins, Radcliffe & Maconie, Alex Lester, Tom Robinson, Michelle Hussey, Ruth Barnes, Sean McGinty, Emma Mac and Shell Zenners shows – as well as playing a bunch of well-received gigs, and will be gracing a whole array of festival stages in the coming months.

Bird to Beast live:

APRIL
10th – Sofar sessions – Winchester
11th – Sofar sessions, Cardif
12th – View 2 Gallery, Liverpool
13th – BT Square, Etihad Stadium

MAY
18th May Great North Run, Manchester
23rd May Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester
29th May Supporting Ren Harvieu, The Trades, Hebden Bridge

JUNE
1st June Smoked & Uncut Festival, Hampshire
12th June Isle Of Wight Festival
17th June Topolski, Southbank, London
21st June Camden Crawl, London St Michaels Church @ 3.30pm
22nd June Barnaby Festival, Cheshire

JULY
3rd July Ruth Barnes Presents @ The Finsbury, London
7th July Mad Ferret Festival, Preston

AUGUST
2nd Aug Kendal Calling Festival, Cumbria
3rd Aug Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn
8th Aug Strawberry Fields Festival, Leicestershire
30th Aug Bingley Festival, Bradford

BRILLIANT NEW BIRD TO BEAST VIDEO, PLUS EVEN MORE NATIONAL RADIO PLAY!

IMPACT DATE: 24th March 2014

Bird To Beast are following their recent glut of national, repeated radio play from Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie, Chris Hawkins, Alex Lester, Ruth Barnes, Shell Zenner with this fantastic new video.

The video stars classically trained dancer Patrick Carroll-Fogg in a mesmerising turn as a drag artiste, who compliments the song’s offbeat lyrics perfectly in bewitching style.

Bird to Beast are playing a daytime show at Union Chapel on Saturday 15th February between 12-2pm, and are playing with The Hosts in Manchester on Thursday 13th March at Gullivers.

STRAW BEAR CAP BREAK-THROUGH YEAR BY RELEASING “THE LAND WITCH”

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ASKME -singles-button-smallIMPACT DATE: 14th January 2014
LABEL: Oilbug Music

Straw Bear are capping a thrilling breakthrough year with a third single, The Land Witch – and it may well be their best single yet.

 

With repeated plays from Bob Harris – who counts himself as a “big fan”, The Land Witch is a deeply lovely, chiming and soaring ode to youthful fears; showcasing all that is wonderful about Straw Bear. 

A long, illustrious list of national DJs have backed the band, including Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Dermot O’Leary, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Gary Crowley and record of the week on BBC Alba’s RAPAL show – whilst a glut of key influencing music blogs have heaped praise on their songs.

Their knack for weaving Ian Ray’s gloriously emotive vocals in and out of their gleaming, singular folk-rock is unsurpassed by few and adored by many – and as the song reaches its shimmering, foggy climax, you’ll wonder if they might just be one of the best new bands of the year.

The song is drawn from their debut LP Black Bank, an album that caused R2 Magazine to gush, “these musicians are made for each other and what they produce is some of the freshest, seminal songs of 2013.”

Said singer Ian of the song’s curious title:

“I was in the back of my nan’s car as a kid and I swear she told my dad that a ‘land witch’ lived in the woods near her house.”
“I sincerely believed that some weird old crone would abduct me if I went too close to the trees. Only years later did I realise I misheard her and made the whole thing up.”

It’s been a year of terrific success and exposure for Straw Bear, which began with a terrific BBC 6 Music session for Tom Robinson.

Then revered music magazine Clash picked them as one of their select handful of highlights from The Great Escape music conference, where they played the BBC Introducing stage – and this was swiftly followed by superlative-laden reviews in national music magazines.

Straw Bear are holding a final celebratory gig of 2013 at the beautiful Waterbeach Baptist Chapel near Cambridge on Saturday November 16th.

Sound on Sound‘s Sam Inglis likes their LP Black Bank so much, he asked if he could come and man the mixing desk!

“I’m a big fan of Straw Bear… we all like them very much!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

When I say that Straw Bear’s album is quite possibly the best thing I have ever reviewed in these pages, be assured that I bloody well mean it.” – Sam Inglis, Sound On Sound Magazine

Their music is part alt.country, part indie folk, reminiscent of such American bands as Midlake and early-Elecktra 60s rock sounds. However, everything here – the quirky, insightful and intelligent lyrics, lovely relaxed playing, the melodies and sly vocals – indicates a singular talent.” John Crosby – Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine

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STRAW BEAR NAMED AS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE GREAT ESCAPE BY CLASH MAGAZINE

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Revered music magazine Clash picked Straw Bear as one of their select handful of highlights from The Great Escape music conference.

Straw Bear, over at the BBC Introducing stage, trade in dreamy acoustic pop. Sweet nuggets such as ‘Kitty’ take the sounds of Americana and bring them back to Blighty. Their Midlake-meets-Doves twang makes them perfect for a mid-afternoon set, sounding as cosy as your favourite duvet. Their warmth and familiarity bring compulsory smiles.

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The band’s appearance in their pages marks another step in their rapid ascent: both national and regional radio DJs, magazines and a swarm of influential blogs are all enthusing over them and their new single, Snobbery.

Snobbery has already grabbed radio play from Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Gary Crowley… and a string of plays on Amazing Radio. It is out on the 5th August.

An illustrious list of other BBC DJs have backed the band, including Bob Harris, Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Dermot O’Leary, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins and Gary Crowley…

They are touring with Kate Rogers Band in July:

Thursday July 25th: MANCHESTER – Night & Day
Friday July 26th: LIVERPOOL – Zanzibar
Sunday July 28th: LONDON – The Dublin Castle