Fiction

Straw Bear

Fiction – Straw Bear's third long player – is 'set to become a cult classic' according to Clash, and is run through with the surreal lyricism and jangling guitars that have defined the band's sound.

Fiction – Straw Bear's third long player – is 'set to become a cult classic' according to Clash, and is run through with the surreal lyricism and jangling guitars that have defined the band's sound.

Fiction follows their second, Black Bank, which caused an unexpected stir at the BBC for its songcraft, bizarre lyrics and folksy evocation of the band’s native Cambridgeshire Fens. Bob Harris, Cerys Matthews and Tom Robinson were happy to share their enthusiasm for the band on-air.

Recorded over a series of sprawling weekend sessions in the band’s own studio in rural Essex, Straw Bear took complete control over this album, producing Fiction’s ten genre-bending tracks themselves.

With special thanks to Sam Inglis for mixing Augusta De La Rue.

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Black Bank

Straw Bear

Oddball folkiness, jangle-rock and some alt-country vistas.

Straw Bear formed slowly over a number of years, like sedimentary rock or a bad habit.

They took their name from the Whittlesey Straw Bear festival, the first event in the pagan calendar (available at all good newsagents).

Ian and Chris began recording in their native Cambridgeshire, before Tom, Pas and Cate were sucked into their swirling musical eddy.

But just as they had a full complement, the same violent forces of nature that brought them together rent them asunder and each found themselves flung to different parts of south-east England.

This hasn’t stopped them working on their second album. Black Bank is named after the Fenland road in which the album was recorded.

Straw Bear are immensely proud of the 12 songs that make up the record. Produced with the unwavering support of Chris Taylor of The Bays at his Blue Barn Studio, Black Bank is a more complex, nuanced album than their first.

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