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

POSTS

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
Fri 19 Dec 2014: Firebug, Leicester, UK
Thu 19 Feb 2015: Platformtheater, Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Sat 21 Feb 2015: De Singer, Rijkevorsel, BELGIUM
Sun 22 Feb 2015: (3pm) Axes , Eindhoven , NETHERLANDS
Sun 22 Feb 2015: (9pm) Grounds , Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
Tue 24 Feb 2015: Moods im Schiffbau, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Thu 26 Feb 2015: Jazzclub Unterfahrt , Munich, GERMANY
Fri 27 Feb 2015: Jazzit, Salzburg, AUSTRIA
Sat 28 Feb 2015: Narodni dom Maribor , Maribor, SLOVENIA
Wed 8 Apr 2015: Village Underground, London, UK
Wed 15 Apr 2015: Komedia, Brighton, UK
Fri 17 Apr 2015: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
Sat 18 Apr 2015: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Sun 19 Apr 2015: The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
Tue 21 Apr 2015: Hare & Hound, Birmingham, UK
Wed 22 Apr 2015: Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple, UK
Thu 23 Apr 2015: Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
Sun 5 Jul 2015: Festival of Firsts , New Brighton, UK

LIVE ARCHIVE
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