Your new favourite dirtbag boy band, Bears in Trees, have just shared news of their hugely anticipated debut album. The South London based band and social media sensations have come fresh off their support slots with Noah Finnce, as well as selling out their own debut UK headline tour.
The debut album, and everybody else smiled back will be released 19th November 2021 through Counter Intuitive Records and marks just the beginning of this extremely talented bands career. Throughout, themes of first-time independence, sexual and emotional trauma, and picking your friends up in the aftermath, as well as how the best, and worst, day of your life always has a day after are explored. It’s described by the band as a concept album. A living story about walking through college house parties as the world ending around you and then, the day after, the everlasting love you feel as the lights are fading in your energy-saving bulbs.
Alongside the news of an album, the band have also released the official music video for Great Heights. This track is the first song from the new album and gives fans a glimpse into what to expect while also instantly getting stuck in your head.
“’Great Heights’ was written on a mattress on a hardwood floor at 4am after my friend’s birthday,” says guitarist Nicholas Peters. “It’s about those nights that don’t seem to end, where whatever bed you find (pavement/kitchen/outside of the train station waiting for the first train back to London) brings you the most comfort you’ve ever felt. It’s also about the fear that those nights are going to ruin you—you can’t make a bed that doesn’t have covers, and I don’t feel good if I don’t make my bed in the morning…”
Starting out in 2014, the band have come a long way. Composed of vocalist and bassist Iain Gillespie (they/them), guitarist Nicholas Peters (he/him), drummer and producer George Berry (he/him) and vocalist, ukulele and keyboardist Callum Litchfield (he/him) – grew up as teenagers together on a diet of online fandom, mid 00’s emo-pop, and the golden age of One Direction. They wrote music from their basement hoping that someone would listen.
Almost 7 years and 100,000 people later, the band’s blend of online irreverence, unique humour and dedication to developing a safe space for their community is now seeing them get a level of recognition this talent deserves. This is without mentioning the songs they’ve written about working in gay bars, becoming friends with worms and processing the deaths of close friends.
Earlier in the year, the band released their double AA single Flower Through Concrete, with fans now able to stream the songs Fresh Concrete and Evergreen on their preferred music streaming service here.
Through their time as a band, Bears in Trees have developed a huge following that are constantly hungry for more. Despite this, the recent tracks saw them get their first coverage from the likes of BBC 6music, Rock Sound, CLASH, Louder Than War and a host of blogs pledging their support for the band. Creating an infectious sound, the 19th November is a date for our diaries to be counting down for.
and everybody else smiled back Track Listing:
1. Cut Corners on Short Walks
2. I’m Doing Push Ups
3. Baggy Hoodies
4. Heaven Sent is a Coffee Cup
5. Keep It Easy
6. Array of Light
7. Mossy Cobblestone
9. Little Cellist
10. Sun Machine
11. Great Heights
12. If I Just Ask Politely
13. Klimt Painting
If you’re not already excited about Bears in Trees, Great Heights will act as the perfect song to get you hooked and obsessively listening to their entire discography.