We’re delighted to have Polar Bear back in Spring next year – they play XOYO and have a long and eagerly-awaited new album out at the same time. If you haven’t seen them before you’re in for a real treat, have a look at the Guardian session here for a taste of what to expect.
Polar Bear are a perfect fit for a modern London, where influences constantly collide to create new and exciting hybrids. Their take on jazz is never limited by constricting notions of what a genre ‘ought’ to sound like. Led by drummer/bandleader Sebastian Rochford, with saxophonists Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart, double bassist Tom Herbert and Leafcutter John on electronics and guitar, the group’s music actively embraces the different musical worlds that surround it. From the raw energy of punk and hip-hop to the delicacy of modern experimental and classical music, their music confounds expectations by being both shamelessly melodic and gloriously uplifting.
Support from Shiver.