Bursting onto the indie scene, Guildford locals China Bears hit the mark with debut single, Hydra.

It’s quite easy to be labelled in the indie scene – you’re an “Arctic Monkeys” band, a “Two Door Cinema Club” band, a “Bombay Bicycle Club” band. The list goes on. The greatest compliment I can give to China Bears is that they are genuinely individual; it’s hard to peg them to an already successful indie band, and that’s what makes them so refreshing.

China Bears are marvellous. If you ever just want a second to yourself or a moment to relax, go and listen to their song ‘Meet Me in London’ – you can find a live rendition at the Natural History Museum on YouTube. It’s a stunning song, the harmonies never fail to give me goose bumps. It also resonates when witnessing the chemistry flow between the five friends; the video on YouTube cuts between them performing to them exploring London and preparing for their gig. It’s a pleasant thing to see.

Hydra is a fantastic track debut with. The song seamlessly blends from distorted guitar to calm and melodic notes – the Proctor twins, Ivan and Frazer, work wonderfully in harmony. Rosie’s keyboard and backup vocals also correlate perfectly with Ivan’s lead vocals, and the bassist James is very smooth with his lines.

A trend I’ve noticed with a lot of indie bands recently is that their drummers tend to just exclusively use the hi-hat to embellish the beat and, as a result, the persistent ‘TSH TSH TSH’ distracts from the actual song. Thankfully, China Bears do not fall victim to this trope; their drummer Dean knows exactly how to carry the rest of the instruments, without subtracting from the honest and captivating lyrics.

Hydra is set to release tomorrow with a launch show at the Boileroom, Guildford. This debut is a fantastic song, and I’ve had it on repeat since my first listen.

Great job, China Bears. Keep it up.

Myself and the others here at WaveByte are honoured to have received the single early in order to bring you this piece. Be sure to look out for China Bears on Spotify and iTunes – this isn’t a song you want to miss.

If you have a song you’d like us to review, you can email it to us at info@wavebyte.co.uk

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Will Wilkins.
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