Brighton’s 14 ICED BEARS emerged in 1986 as part of the C86 generation of indie-pop bands.
Early singles ‘Inside’ (1986) and ‘Balloon Song’ (1987) were quintessential jangly guitar nuggets, issued on ex-TVPs bassist Mark Flunder’s Frank label. After an EP Come Get Me for the impeccably cool Sarah Records, they signed to Thunderball in 1988 for more psychedelic ‘World I Love’ and ‘Mother Sleep’ and eponymous debut album. 1991’s second LP Wonder was a more sprawling, adventurous creation (close to shoegazer territory) but 14 Iced Bears split soon after. They reunited in 2010 and have since played Indietracks and some shows in the USA.
HOLD ON INSIDE is the first retrospective to offer their complete output from 1986-1991, albeit presented in reverse order, as if travelling back in time – very psychedelic! Compiled by 14 Iced Bears singer/songwriter/guitarist Rob Sekula, this 2-CD boasts re-mastered music as well as a splendid, annotated booklet boasting rare photos and personal memories from the band.
John Peel’s enthusiasm was clearly evident: “I like these Iced Bears, all fourteen of them!”
Tracklist: DISC ONE: Hold On, Heaven Star, Smooth In The Sun, These Are The Things, When It Comes, Rare (Like You Are), Love On A Sugar Mountain, Eyes, Red Now, Summer Nights, In The Morning, Falling Backwards, World I Love, Rise, Beautiful Child, The Wonder Of Coincidence
DISC TWO: Take It, Holland, Train Song, Moths, Hay Fever, Florence, Spangle, Dust Remains, Cut, Surfacer, Coming Down, Mother Sleep, Come Get Me, Sure To See, Unhappy Days, If I Said, Miles Away, Balloon Song, Train Song (Different Version), Like A Dolphin, Lie To Choose, Blue Suit, Cut (Different Version), Inside.
Cherry Red CDBRED587