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brownbear share rousing new single Close Call

brownbear share rousing new single Close Call


brownbear have released joyous new single Close Call. The new release precedes a new album dropping 2023, and follows previous single One More Night which was released earlier this year after a two year hiatus marking a welcome return for the collective led by singer-songwriter Matt Hickman. Hailing from Ayrshire, brownbear propelled to the forefront of the Scottish scene in just a few years, transforming poignant tales on love, loss and heartbreak into their own brand of beatific, soul-tinged indie-pop. 

“It’s a last chance for you and I, our paths won’t cross again,” Matt’s soulful vocals sharpen the exhilaratingly upbeat instrumentation with an edge of melancholy. Soul-stirring and bittersweet, Close Call showcases brownbear’s unrivalled ability to create music that entwines touching lyricism with foot-tappingly catchy instrumentation. Jangly guitars and spirited horns fizz with the kinetic energy and beguiling melodies that make brownbear one of the most hotly tipped bands to emerge from Scotland in recent years.  

brownbear are renowned for their rousing live shows which have seen them share the stage with 

The Libertines on their huge UK reunion tour reunion, as well as The View, Reverend & The Makers & Michael Kiwanuka. brownbear’s acclaimed 2018 self-released debut album What is Home? led to a headline tour, culminating with a sold out show at the legendary King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. 

They’re currently gearing up for a run of special ‘Pay What You Can’ intimate acoustic shows across Scotland kicking off this Thursday on the Isle of Skye marking the last chance to catch them live before their album drops next year. 

Speaking on the forthcoming tour frontman Matt Hickman said: “I believe music is for everyone. That’s why I decided to make as many shows on this acoustic tour as possible ‘Pay What You Can’. It gives the opportunity at a difficult financial time for us all to still be able to enjoy an event. Music is a great escape and also an amazing way to connect with communities. I’m looking forward to talking to people about their love of music while sharing some of the new material along the way.”

Full dates are below and tickets are available here

10/11 | Skye Bridge Studios | Skye

11/11 | Trinity Church | Falkirk

12/11 | The Venue Dumfries | Dumfries

17/ 11 | HAC | Irvine

18/ 11 | Burgh Hall | Dunoon

19/ 11 | New Town Hall | Pittenweem 

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