Thursday, 21 January 2016


With thanks to Murray McMillan Photography

Not so much a group, more a self-styled musical collective, Glasgow's Brownbear led by Matt Hickman have just released Wandering Eyes as a prelude to their much-awaited debut album. Matt, along with Andrew McAllister on lead guitar, Ruairidh MacDougall on bass and Sam Waller on drums are producing melodic, indie pop songs of the highest quality.

Wandering Eyes (accompanied by a nicely retro video) harks back to the heady days of Roddy Frame's Aztec Camera or Peter Coyle's Lotus Eaters when they were producing the perfect pop songs and Brownbear have picked up that baton and are running well ahead of the pack with it.

Brownbear released their debut single Dead or Alive in May 2014 which subsequently gained them national radio exposure and high profile gigs which included supporting The Libertines at their comeback show at the iconic Barrowland Balllroom in Glasgow.

They joined The Libertines again at their BST Summertime show at Hyde Park before playing at a number of festivals including T in The Park & Belladrum. An acoustic version of Dead or Alive recorded in the BBC Treehouse became the most viewed clip online for T in the Park 2014 ahead of the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Biffy Clyro.

The band's first London headline show was a sell-out and received a positive 7/10 review from the NME. Brownbear then embarked on a European tour before starting work on their debut album.

Earlier this year they supported The View on the Scottish dates of their UK tour. The band then returned to the studio to finish recording the album, produced by ex Superstar Joe McAlinden.

Wandering Eyes will be released digitally on 22nd January and Ralph's playing it on Radio KC soon.

Upcoming Live Dates:

Sat 6th Feb:      Bakers Nightclub, Kilmarnock

Wed 17th Feb:  The Treehouse, Ayr (Matt Hickman)

Fri 19th Feb:     The Vikingar, Largs

Sat 20th Feb:    Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh

Sat 27th:           The Hug & Pint, Glasgow (Matt Hickman)

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