The London-based experimental post-jazz band Polar Bear celebrated the release of their fourth album, Peepers, last week at the Relentless Garage and thanks to the Leaf Label we could join the party! With their music being called “dream jazz” by music critic Paul Morley, having been nominated for “Best Band” at the BBC Jazz Awards 2004 and their album Held on the Tips of Fingers nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005, not to mention another BBC Jazz award in 2006, it promised to be a fantastic night. With Mark Lockheart and Pete Wareham on the saxophone, Tom Herbert on double bass, electronics-wizard Leafcutter John, and of course Seb Rochard -the founder of the band- on the drums, their music constantly looks up the unpredictable: always experimenting with different styles and moving between various moods.
You can listen to the title-track of their new album above, which is available as a free download for a limited time or can be enjoyed on their MySpace, and watch some video footage of the gig below to see how they experiment all together on stage! But more importantly, look them up if you have the chance to – their next gig is on the 27th of March at the Firestation in Windsor and they will be playing on several festivals in the spring/summer months, including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the Mostly Jazz Festival in Birmingham. Or simply track them on Bandsintown.com to stay updated of course!