POLAR BEAR
Polar Bear
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BIOGRAPHY

Tom Herbert (London, UK)
Leafcutter John (London, UK)
Mark Lockheart (London, UK)
Sebastian Rochford (London, UK)
Pete Wareham (Hastings, UK)

Polar Bear have marked themselves out as one of the most exciting and progressive bands of their generation. Since receiving a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their second album Held On The Tips Of Fingers, the band, led by drummer Sebastian Rochford, has continued to innovate and transcend genre, connecting with jazz, rock, hip-hop, electronic and mainstream audiences alike.

Released in the spring of 2014, In Each And Every One is Polar Bear’s fifth album - their first since 2010’s widely acclaimed Peepers. It’s certainly their boldest and most dynamic work to date. A remarkable song cycle, it offers an expansive arc across deep emotional terrain, it evokes a range of atmospheres: post-industrial scrub, grimy metropolitan house parties, snowy wastelands, dark mountain gatherings.

Rochford has worked with a bewildering array of iconic musicians in recent years, including Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Beck, Rokia Traoré, Yoko Ono, Matana Roberts, Jehst, Shabaka Hutchings and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project. Twin saxophonists Pete Wareham (Melt Yourself Down, Acoustic Ladyland) and Mark Lockheart (Django Bates) together possess a broad emotional vocabulary, while bassist Tom Herbert (The Invisible) is irresistible when he plays inside the groove. These disparate musical elements are driven and moulded by the deft touch of electronics wizard Leafcutter John.

Polar Bear have already begun work their sixth album, to be released in 2015, once again raising the bar for this uniquely talented group of musicians.


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OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.polarbearmusic.com

NEWS

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VIDEOS
YouTube playlist
Paul Morley interview and session, The Guardian
'A New Morning Will Come' video
'The Love Didn't Go Anywhere' live at Taylor John's House, Coventry 2009
Live at The Spitz
Polar Bear vs Shlomo

OTHER
Soundcloud
Agent: Air
Sebastian Rochford Wikipedia entry
Mark Lockheart
Leafcutter John
the Quietus interview

LIVE
Sat 9 Aug 2014: Woodbridge Arts & Music Event, Suffolk, UK
Sun 10 Aug 2014: Brecon Jazz, Brecon, UK
Sun 17 Aug 2014: Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, London, UK
Fri 26 Sep 2014: Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, UK
Sun 26 Oct 2014: Calstock Jazz And Blues Festival, Cornwall, UK
Thu 13 Nov 2014: Millennium Hall, Sheffield, UK
Fri 14 Nov 2014: The Alternativa Festival, Malostranska Beseda, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

LIVE ARCHIVE
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