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Ten Bears – Charlie

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Another BBC discovery. Coincidentally, the same story as Kill It Kid (the latter didn’t remind me of this band, this really is pure coincidence) – Ten Bears came in to record for Tom Robinson’s ‘Introducing’ shows. They played so loudly that they managed to get the news department (who were next to ‘the Hub’ where the bands play), Steve Lamacq (who was live on air) and his producer all mad for playing so loudly. I thought it was great. Don’t have the Hub next to the live studio and news room?

They performed their single, ‘Braces’ which is also brilliant and catchy…but I chose ‘Charlie’ because I think it is just that smidgenly catchier. I defy you not to love the chorus, or the cowbell heard right from the beginning of the track. But I love the pre-chorus first heard at 1:03 – the cheeky drums and guitar are so anticipatory, the mega chorus is such a buzzing contrast. The chorus consists or merely two chords and the same, repeated vocal line… yet it is so flipping great. This is an instant hit. Everyone I’ve played it to loves it. I can totally imagine this song on football/geezer commercials or phone adverts.

Well done Ten Bears, see you at the Pyramid Stage.

Ten Bears – Charlie by masstsnk

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  1. Stylusboy
    January 18, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Again ive seen them and they are ace! I played an Oxjam gig with them last year! Totally agree with you. They were stunningly good live!

  2. Massimo Z
    January 18, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    I'm yet to see them live in a venue actually. Looking forward to that day!

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