London’s candid indie-punk grrrls Cat Bear Tree will be releasing their new EP, ‘Settled In Our Hearts’, on all digital formats on Friday 23 October.
As a preview to ‘Settled In Our Hearts’, Cat Bear Tree are sharing two tracks to stream. Opener ‘Adult’ is the group’s most danceable song to date, displaying faint traces of Bloc Party and Warpaint, with contrapuntal verses giving way to a widescreen pop chorus and an anthemic bridge.
‘In Actual Fact’ takes a more global view as the band confront an issue that remains all too relevant while the UK government locks its gilded gates and attempts to look the other way – that of human beings displaced by war and undergoing a loss of home, family and identity.
Enthused by the trail-blazing women forming brilliant bands such as The Donnas, L7 and Elastica, the three members of Cat Bear Tree spent their teenage years sneaking into London gigs and sourcing inspiration from the capital’s more independently inclined music scenes. It was this punk-rock spirit that first bonded Zoe Konez (guitar and vocals), Claudia Mansaray (bass and vocals) and Sarah Smith (drums and vocals), three fearless players who’d been cutting their teeth on the DIY circuit. Having joined forces it was clear that Cat Bear Tree were a forceful prospect, their infectious indie hooks and open-book lyrics soon earning plaudits on both the blogosphere and stage, where key shows included supports to Mike Skinner and The Tuts. Debut EP ‘Let’s Share Hearts’ was an early statement of intent, earning the group comparisons to the likes of Electrelane and Sleater-Kinney, but it is new release ‘Settled In Our Hearts’ that captures the true qualities of Cat Bear Tree and will stand as their launchpad to broad acclaim, for, as the band admit: “We’ve pushed ourselves further out. This EP sounds like us, now, and we can’t wait for people to connect with it.”