Listen: Straw Bear – “Snobbery”

6 Jun

Straw Bear

At this rate the old saying about bears will need to be revised; no longer will defecating amongst trees be the most common thing they do for they are now all about being in band names instead. The latest in a long and increasing line of acts to embrace the ursine world are Straw Bear, though apparently this time it comes from a Pagan Fenland festival.

In their latest single, “Snobbery”, the Cambridgeshire five-piece give us just that via a cheeky peek over the fence and a turning up of one’s nose. At least that’s how it appears, as principal songwriter Ian Ray has explained; “If you take the song at face value, it’s just an amusing lyric about a horrible snob whose girlfriend’s family is a little rough around the edges.” He goes on to explain though that it is actually more about meeting the in-law’s for the first time and the act of trying to integrate yourself into a new family.

We are simple folk though and like to take things at face value, we’re also not entirely sure how singing about wanting to take a jet-wash to your sister in law because she is so mucky can be seen as wanting to fit in though. Like we said, we’re simple folk. What we do know is that the track itself is a lovely piece of folk-pop, with strings that sweep the dry-witted and croonsome vocals along, around the estate and back to the big country mansion our protagonist presumably resides within.

Don’t listen to the lyrics and you are left with a delightful piece of folky-pop that glides and soothes; listen to the lyrics and you have a whimsical tale full of dry humour and playful arrogance. A modern fairy tale of a damsel, presumed to be in distress due to her low birth and who surely dreams of a better life with a Prince. Lucky then, as the ersatz Prince sings, “that I want you”. Of course, as it always is with a tale told from one perspective, we don’t know for certain that she wants to be saved…

Regardless of narrative constructs, meanings hidden within and between the lines, “Snobbery” is a bloody lovely listen from a band who are rightly beginning to gather some momentum. Their debut album, Black Bank came out last year and based on the strength of this latest single and its predecessor, “Kitty”, it is well worth going back and checking it out.

“Snobbery” will be released on 29 July; the ‘Black Bank’ album is out now and available to buy here.


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One Response to “Listen: Straw Bear – “Snobbery””

  1. name not supplied August 19, 2013 at 22:56 #

    i think i met a few people on both sides of this argument, the posh twats and the estate dwellers. good song, definitely what Romeo was thinking all along bout Juliette

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