Our man Keith Goldhanger seems pretty taken by this catchy, sing-along, future arena fillers called Eliza and the Bear, your New Artist of the Day.

Another wedding anniversary on the horizon? Teenage son giving you grief? Young child keeping you awake at night? Another one on the way? Working for the cash that you’ve already spent? Here’s a band that’ll remind you of those times when you call the babysitter and spend forty or fifty quid so you can both go out to one of those big arenas in six months time and have a little singalong at the top of your voices to the loud bits you’ve been used to singing along with, building up to the evening out whilst (mum’s) cooking the Sunday dinner, (dad’s) washing the car and little Johnny is upstairs in his bedroom with his Punk Rock Electric Guitar. Good news folks! You can go and see this lot at the moment and get change for a fiver (probably) or a tenner (definitely).

Eliza and the Bear, from Essex, have MASSIVE TUNES, sing-a-long choruses and anthems that at the time of writing, in these small compact venues they are inhabiting, seem almost embarrassingly so great that on turning up at one of their gigs you may get the punter looking around wondering where the other nine thousand people are that would fit perfectly in the background of this soundtrack. They typify those wonderful moments in the past that we remember, such as when Snow Patrol did that song about lighting up at 8 o’clock in the evening down in Brixton, or Coldplay when they sung that song in a Camden pub about yellow things all those years ago. Anthems. Indie anthems. Adult orientated indie anthems if you want a bit more precision on such matters. Eliza and the Bear already have a few and they’re not afraid to use them.


If you enjoy break beats, funky house, acid house, scouse house, indie house, mode step, dubstep, two-step dubstep, three-legged trancey grove hip-hop dubstep, heavy metal, punk rock, disco, deeply dippy sliding tackle studs up dubstep ….then you won’t like these. Eliza and the Bear are about to break into your record collection alongside all those CD’s you keep in the glove compartment of your 4×4’s and then infiltrate your subconsciousness by being played during those adverts for cars you’ll never want or goal montages’ on Match of the Day.

Plenty of “OOOH OOOOOH’s” kicking around here already, one or two “AAAAAAHHHHH’s” and plenty of sing-a-long songs that we’ll all know the words to one day. They’ve got trumpets, guitars, drums that go BOOM, and a piano that holds it all together whilst the seven piece all double up on the singing. If you’re one of those who has enjoyed that bit The Killers do about having a soul but not being a soldier or have previously spent all the childrens’ pocket money on talking all the way through an Arcade Fire gig just to wave your arms around to “Wake Up” or “Rebellion” then get a load of this before your office associates, school teachers, babysitting employers, television exec’s and glossy magazine staff all start going down the local HMV to buy their Eliza and the Bear CD’s. Miss out now, and before you know it you’ll be standing next to these people, in a room the size of an aircraft hanger, skint again. and you’ll realise you have just turned into your parents.

All together now…

“We spent summer away…hiding in rivers and lakes …”

Check out Eliza and the Bear on Facebook, twitter, Soundcloud, and their official website.

Words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found here.

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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