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September 21, 2010 by  

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Bearsuit return!

Fresh from a line-up change and an invigorated sound, BEARSUIT are back with a brand new single. Please Don’t Take Him Back is the debut single from their forthcoming new album The Phantom Forest, which will be released by Fortuna Pop! on 25 October. To celebrate, the band will be playing a few live dates.

Since their full-length oh:io in 2007, the Norwich boy/girl five-piece have undergone a dramatic line-up change, swapped violins, flutes and horns for dirty synths and fierce guitars, notched-up their sound, brought in big time producer Gareth Parton and created a perfectly off-the-wall pop masterpiece.

Please Don’t Take Him Back is a technicolour widescreen heartache. It’s as cool as a disco ice queen with a warm heart; as sophisticated as a gin martini; exhilarating as strobe lights on a tireless dance floor; as touching as tender disco. It bridges the gap between Blondie and Duran Duran; The Human League and Depeche Mode, and jumps up and down all over other indie pretenders.

Bearsuit’s internal reshuffle last year has resulted in a more beefed-up, edgy sound. The band now consists of Iain Ross on guitar and keyboards, Lisa Horton on keyboards, and Jan Robertson on guitar and keyboards, with new recruits Charlene Katuwawala on bass and Joe Naylor or drums. All five sing.

With their new rhythm section they went on to record The Phantom Forest (due out February 2011) with Gareth Parton – producer to the Go Team!, Foals, The Breeders, Pink Grease and Pete and the Pirates. Please Don’t Take Him Back is the first release from the album and comes out on 25 October on Fortuna POP! – home of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Tender Trap, Allo Darlin’ and other fantastic fare.

Known for their electric and outlandish performances, Bearsuit will be playing shows around the UK in October (see dates below). They’ve previously supported the likes of Crystal Castles, Future of the Left, Lightspeed Champion and Hot Chip. They’ve also played various festivals including Latitude, Bestival, The Great Escape and Offset, as well as several abroad including South By South West (Austin, Texas) and CMJ in New York (where they were voted ‘Best Breakthrough Act’).

Sat 9 – Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes – LONDON
Sat 16 – Take 5 – NORWICH
Weds 20 – Buffalo Bar – LONDON
Fri 22 – Big Blue Coffee Company – DERBY
Sat 23 (day) – Edinburgh Pop Fest, The GRV – EDINBURGH
Sat 23 – Newcastle Arts Centre – NEWCASTLE
Weds 27 – The Basement – CHELMSFORD
Fri 29 – The Red House – SHEFFIELD
Sat 30 – Night and Day Cafe – MANCHESTER
Sun 31 – Buffalo Bar – CARDIFF



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