Eliza and the Bear have returned with yet another glowing anthem, Friends. The track tells an uplifting story about the importance of friends and family, combined with gleaming guitars and stadium-sized optimism. Friends is the perfect example of how the Essex quintet create, life-affirming songs.

Friends is the latest single to be lifted from their eponymously-titled debut album, which has been released on Capitol Records. The track follows previous Radio 1 play listed singles Lion’s Heart, which “led to roaring singalongs at festivals” (The Telegraph) and It Gets Cold (The Independent – “hard to get away from its magnetic groove”).

Other stand out tracks include beautifully broody, strings accompanied I’m On Your Side, fan favourite Brother’s Boat and Make It On My Own (Evening Standard – “Its mighty thud puts it alongside big-selling Americans such as AWOLNATION and Imagine Dragons”).

During the making of the album, the band decamped to Nashville to work with three times Grammy Award-winning producer Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Of Monsters and Men, James Bay).

“We wanted to get out of London, get away from distractions and concentrate on making the songs as good as they could be” says frontman James Kellegher. “Jacquire brought in a string quartet, a gospel choir and a couple of brilliant brass players.”

Having previously supported the likes of Paramore, Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION, last year they completed a string of support dates with Twin Atlantic including a 10,000 capacity sold out show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Brixton Academy and Manchester Albert Hall as well as their own headline date at a packed out London Koko.



Date Venue
Fri 7th Islington Assembly Hall London
Thu 13th O2 Institute 2 Birmingham
Fri 14th Thekla Bristol
Sat 15th Academy 3 Manchester
Sun 16th Garage Glasgow

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