Impact date: 11th March
Label: Oilbug Music
What does it take to write a great song? It’s a question Straw Bear ask on their new single Kitty … the reaction from BBC 6 Music‘s Tom Robinson, among others, suggests they have the answer already.
Tom called Kitty an “understated gem” and booked the band for a live BBC session on March 9.
Kitty is a story of unrealised artistic ambition set to soaring folk-pop that has seen the Cambridgeshire five-piece tipped for big things.
A New Band A Day named Straw Bear as one to watch in 2013, describing Kitty as “a hook-laden song of near-perfect pace, delicious construction, delightful lyrics and sweet intent”.
The influential blog then went on to select Kitty for BBC 6 Music’s Ultimate 2013 Playlist.
The band draws on influences from Van Morrison to Kevin Shields, both of whom are name-checked by the eponymous Kitty in her journey for creative inspiration.
Straw Bear comprise of singer-guitarist Ian Ray, guitarists Chris Gray, Tom Shipp and Catie Wicks and drummer Pas Stratos.