14 iced bears

Fast becoming one of our favoutite labels and that’s even before the blighters have actually released anything, Cumbria’s Optic Nerve recordings have released press gubbins on their forthcoming fourth outing. All things being well and following fast on the heels of lushly dressed re-issue packages by folk devils, jane and barton, medium medium and the tempest, the label get to work dusting down the much missed 14 iced bears’ self titled debut set bolstering the package to a double coloured wax disc set that tags on the bands first three EP’s and houses them in an eye catching gatefold sleeve. Blessed with a knack for crafting infectiously catchy sub three minute sorties, these Brighton based indie imps subtly flavoured their cooly riffed shade adorned prickly pop with irrefutable nods to the 60’s, ’14 iced bears’ provides a pertinent snap shot of the band in their first flushes of creativity and serves as a perfect partner for the Slumberland released compilation ‘in the beginning’ from 2001 – and while I guess you are all wanting to hear ‘baloon song’  we’ve instead opted for a personal fave ‘holland’ to whet, as they say, the appetite…….

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