'Poppit Sands' - Grizzly and the Bears

The Bears’ debut album was recorded on a one week holiday they had in a cottage on the Pembrokeshire Coast (the record takes its name from the beach where they spent most of their time) and the recordings show it. The band are audibly relaxed and jokey when playing, just like at the best of their live shows, only without so much wittering and tuning-up. The songs themselves are brilliant, short slices of folked-up pop, with several hints of punk in some of the structures used. The album lilts from flippant and twee to heartfelt and soulful, all in one pluck of a banjo, or strum of a mandolin.


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