October 1st, 2015
so happy to say weve been nominated for a MOBO!!!
feel so humbled and grateful
please vote for us here if youd like!
also excited for our double headline show with james holden at the electric in brixton on 15th november
if you havent heard james’s music i can wholeheartedly recommend it as something unusual,inspiring and moving
always remember how my ears pricked up the first time i heard him
September 17th, 2015
we’re playing in france,belgium and holland in the next two weeks
hope you can come and see us!
Fri 25 Sep 2015 La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Paris, FRANCE
Sat 26 Sep 2015 La Grange a Musique, Creil, FRANCE
Wed 30 Sep 2015 **CANCELLED** Recyclart, Brussels, BELGIUM
Thu 1 Oct 2015 Vooruit, Gent, BELGIUM
Fri 2 Oct 2015 De Werf, Bruges, BELGIUM
Sat 3 Oct 2015 Rataplan, Antwerp, BELGIUM
Sun 4 Oct 2015 De Kelder, Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS
Wed 11 Nov 2015 Festiwal Jazz Jantar, Gdansk, POLAND
July 24th, 2015
hello! you can hear part of our set at latitude on BBC Radio 3′s late junction if you missed it and would like to here.
July 8th, 2015
hello,hope youre enjoying the beginning of summer
am really excited that we’re going to be playing a double headline show with the very inspiring electronic musician James Holden at The Electric in Brixton in november
brixton is also where polar bear started so am also happy to be playing there again in my old neighbourhood
hope you can come!
also we have a new video made by jacek zmarz if you would like to see it – youtube / vimeo
its for our song dont let the feeling go
this is a song about finding a place or state of mind that gives you clarity and perspective and taking that with you wherever you may be
lastly,wanted to say that John has won the prestigious qwartz innovation award for his musical light interface!
June 23rd, 2015
April 20th, 2015
enjoyed playing london, brighton, manchester, leeds and liverpool so much. looking forward to the rest of the tour this week!
we have taken the typewriter i used on the album artwork on tour with us. please come and write a message on it. i am posting the pages on our facebook, so you can tag your message if you like. i love reading what people write and hearing their experience of using a typrewriter,when i was typing the new album text it felt so alien, being so used to touchscreens and spellcheck, thought it would be fun to take it with us and share
leafcutter john is playing solo sets of his new material as support on our tour. he has put together a mixtape for the quietus. listen here
also i made a mix for solid steel of music i am enjoying at the moment. you can hear it below.
we have been nominated for two jazz fm awards. we feel very honoured. you can vote if you would like here.
we have a new show to announce in norwich on may 10th. all shows are here. hope to see you soon.
April 17th, 2015
we’re playing a little live set in leeds for record store day if youd like to come
Jumbo Records 1pm tomorrow
we also play the Brudenell in the evening
March 24th, 2015
you can hear our new album today if you want!
is a live stream from here
and also is available for preorder too and in the shops on monday
and there is an interview with Bandcamp here
hope you enjoy it
also..i made a podcast for soundcrash you can listen to here
a few tunes i like from other people
its also got an unreleased polar bear recording at the end -a different version of one of our new tunes and some other things i made
and…i had such a good time going on to tom robinsons show on saturday to share some more music i like,you can still listen here if you would like
hope you can come and see us on tour!!!
February 25th, 2015
hi.im very happy to say that we have a new song to share with you
its from our new album called same as you which comes out on 30th march and is called ‘dont let the feeling go’
also very happy that the amazing musician and human being shabaka hutchings plays on this track with us, as do two other beautiful people and musicians i met in the desert,hannah darling and gar robertson
our new album,as well as being influenced by positivity,love and community is also inspired by the high desert in california where ive spent time in the last year or two
i love being in the awe inspiring nature there because it also helps me understand my little place in this universe,giving me perspective, which is something not always easy living in london,this is what our new track means to me,having that clear perspective with you no matter where you are,responding to the people and events in your life with openness and compassion
hope you can enjoy to listen to it
you can pre order the album from bandcamp and download ‘dont let the feeling go’ now. it comes with various bundle options including t-shirts and dogtags. the ltd edition dogtags are handmade by hannah darling who sings on our album. the silver ones contain part of a beautiful poem written by my dad on our new album artwork. the copper and brass ones say “choose love” on them, the profits from these will be going to support these amazing and positive people – www.handsupunited.org
also…we’re on tour!! so come see us if you would like
January 30th, 2015
hello,am excited to say we’re touring europe in february,if you’d like to come and see us the dates are below
10th February – Canterbury Christchurch University, Broadstairs Campus Main Hall, UK (13.15pm gig + workshop)
19th February – Platformtheater, Groningen, Netherlands
20th February – Kunstencentrum, Hasselt, Belgium
21st February – De Singer, Rijkevorsel, Belgium
22nd February – (3pm) Axes, Eindhoven, Netherlands
22nd February – (9pm) Grounds, Rotterdam, Netherlands
24th February – Moods im Schiffbau, Zurich, Switzerland
25th February – Raindogs House, Savona, Italy
26th February – Jazzclub, Unterfahrt Munich, Germany
27th February – Jazzit, Salzburg, Austria
28th February – Narodni dom Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
1st April – Babylon Club, Istanbul, Turkey
8th April – Village Underground, London, UK
15th April – Komedia, Brighton, UK
17th April – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
18th April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
19th April – The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
21st April – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
22nd April – Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple, UK
23rd April – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
5th July – Festival of Firsts, New Brighton, UK
also,all of our albums are available again digitally and now all on the leaf label.if you haven’t heard them and would like to, you can go to our bandcamp and you can read more at The Leaf Label
hope you’ve all had a happy start to 2015