We Raise Bears

County Dublin

"Such a unique sound, so much character and confidence...a broodiness about it, a menace, but an intelligence as well" - ATL (BBC Radio Ulster)

“My first thought was how compelling and rich Conor Miley's voice is, my second was to double check that this is a debut EP” - Dee Reddy (TXFM)

“Rich and powerful voice, stunning lyrics… I was actually mesmerised by everything happening on stage” – dublinconcerts.ie

“New band for potential future hit parade” – Jim Carroll (The Irish Times)

We Raise Bears have become a firm fixture on the Irish live music scene, being described as “beguiling” (Jim Carroll, The Irish Times) and credited with delivering “standout live performances” (The Last Mixed Tape). The band have joined the line-ups of festivals that include Hard Working Class Heroes, Other Voices, Electric Picnic and Ones To Watch, while also headlining venues around the country and supporting top Irish acts like We Cut Corners.

We Raise Bears released their well-received debut EP in November 2016, with it receiving airplay across BBC radio, RTE radio 1, 2FM and TXFM, as well as regional stations. The new release displays the band's distinctive approach to song craft and a poignant and political lyricism, with We Raise Bears "managing to create a new sound that is thoroughly their own" (Dee Reddy, TXFM).

Late 2016 also saw the release of debut single "To A Distant Plain" and a Jose Miguel Jimenez-directed music video which was based on the 1962 obedience studies of Dr. Stanley Milgram.

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Upcoming Gigs

  23 Jul 2017 17:00 The Hotspot, Main Street, Greystones, Co. Wicklow   The Hotspot Music Club    
  5 Aug 2017 08:30 The Purty Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin   Support to Jamie McDonald    
  19 Aug 2017 20:00 Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon   Roscommon Arts Centre    
  25 Aug 2017 09:00 Bennigans Bar, John St, Derry   Bennigans Jazz Club    
  22 Sep 2017 09:00 Foundation Arts Festival, Tullamore, Tullamore   Foundation Arts Festival, Tullamore