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December 13, 2017 - Just ‘cos we’re quiet don’t mean we don’t care


Sorry we’ve been quiet.  I know, I know, we’ve let things slip this year. And that sucks, I know.  Next year,though, we’re gonna be on it.  Promise.  Pinkie-promise.  For now, though, how about this…our new Christmas offering.  Thirteen tracks from artists from the Small Bear Stable and beyond (do bears have stables?  I thought there was something about the woods…).  We’re chuffed as chips to be able to offer you this, as we think it’s ace.  Don’t pay for it; it’s a free download, but why not sling the couple of quid you would have spent on it to a homeless charity or a refugee charity or something. Hope not Hate are lovely, as are Refugee Action.  Or just stick a couple of quid in the charity box at yer local shop.

Hope you have a great festive season and it just remains for everybody here at SBR Towers to wish you a merry, merry Christmas.  Have fun.  Be nice.


June 14, 2017 - Been a while, hasn’t it?

Jeez.  Didn’t realise just how long. Sorry about that.  How’ve you been? How’s wossname?  You know – the one with the face?  Did you get that weird smell from under the sink sorted?  Anyhoo, here we are.  Been a weird wee while here at SBR towers.  To be honest, six months ago, we were seriously considering jacking the whole thing in, because there’s only so much pissing-in-the-wind a person can do before they go mad. We’ve been working with all these amazing bands and musicians – they’ve entrusted their art to us – and for what?  Some great reviews, sure, but bugger-all else.  We think every one of them should be headlining Glastonbury , receiving seven figure advances and collaborating with Kanye, so when we see anything less happening then it’s fucking heartbreaking.  Just looking back at this page, we didn’t even bother announcing the EP Phil Reynolds released on his 50th birthday (depressing, eh?  But at least it, raised a nice bit of money for the very wonderful folks at Refugee Action check ‘em out; donate).

But enough of our crisis of millennial confidence.  We’re back.  And we’re back in the bestest of ways.  Back with Dog Papaer SubmarineYou know – and ew know – that they’re awesome.  So go and listen.  Posthuman melodies is their fourth time working with us at SBR and, in our humble opinion, it’s their best record yet.  According To Martin Mansion Sjostrand, it’s a futuristic rock opera, recorded on a cassette portastudio.  Seems concepts are big at SBR this year.  But you NEED NEED NEED to hear this.  It’s fantastic.  And, quite frankly, considering it was recorded on a Portastudio, it sounds amazing.  Which would count for sod all if the songs weren’t good.  But Jeez, they are.
So, Posthuman Melodies by Dog Paper Submarine.  Go gettit!

January 31, 2017 - Why do we fight?

We fight because the world’s going to hell in a handcart, because ignorance is the new knowledge, because hate is, well…it’s still hate, but there seems to be more of it.  We made this a couple of years ago, and it felt like the time to get it out there.  It’s the music this fucked-up world deserves. As per,  you can buy it if you want, but please instead consider donating to these guys.



October 9, 2016 - We do believe in melonfarmers…

As any fule kno, we’ve been working with the magnificently other Bordellos for quite some time now, and we’re ultrachuffed to announce – today – in the middle of a world which is turning to shit faster than UKIP go through leaders – their new LP.  “How to Lose Friends and Influence No-One” is, in this writer’s humble opinion, their best and most cohesive work yet (yeh, even better than the one I produced).  Filled to the brim with their trademark scabrous rants and soft psychedelic whimsy it feels like the distillation of everything they’ve been working towards for the past couple of years. Music to think to, yes, but music to just flat-out adore.  in a world of drones, The Bordellos are the bee who should have been Queen.  Pick it up, as per, in The Bearshop

October 7, 2016 - We’re in trouble deep…


I’m just gonna run with what Mikie says in our press release for this one…couldn’t say it better

Formed in Malmö, Sweden by Martin Månsson Sjöstrand (vocals and guitar), Emil Engblom (bass) and Carolina Carlbom (drums and vocals), Dog, Paper, Submarine’s third Small Bear release may be their catchiest and most immediate yet. Recalling the sound of indie-rock’s golden era, the band have been favourably compared to the likes of Guided By Voices, Pavement and Sebadoh, whilst retaining a recognisable sonic identity of their own. Packing 8 songs into 20 minutes, ‘Trouble On Earth’ veers from propulsive, fuzzed-up rock to janglier, sometimes more downbeat fare, making unexpected detours but always packed with inviting melodies. Existing fans of the band (and frontman Martin’s lo-fi side project This Heel) will not be disappointed, as everything that has made previous releases great is present here, with enough fresh twists and turns to make this record a vital addition to their catalogue.

Obvs, as per…you can find it in the Bearshop.

August 8, 2016 - Phew…that was worrying…

Lost our login details there, for a while.  Luckily, our fantastic webmistress sorted us out.  Wahey!

Anyhoo, we gots a new rekkid out. ‘World Outside My Window‘ is the debut album from Steve Nash, longtime pal of all of us here at SBR. Initially conceived as a gentle acoustic outing, it kinda grew legs and ran away from us in the studio. It’s still pretty gentle and mellow – don’t expect any Merzbow-esque noisefests.  We’ve talked about “Noshie” putting an album together for many years, usually after many pints and, well, here we are. It’s available on Bandcamp (and if you really love yr artist, you should buy it from here. as almost all the money goes to the artist), but it’s also available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer and all the rest.

Already describeed by the lovely Floorshime Zipper Boots as “smooth, stylish and catchy” with “mellow arrangements (and)  intimate vocals” you can get it from The Bearshop  as per…


The CDs are lovely, by the way…

May 18, 2016 - Couldn’t think of any “52″ related puns. Then I thought of pirates. So here I go. Bear with me. “Hey, Blackbeard; how many releases do SBR have?” “Yarr…lemme see…I think there be 52…” See what I did there? B52? Yes? No? Ah. I’ll get m’coat…

Well, it’s been a busy weekend, recording Vukovar‘s third album, “Puritan” and releasing their second “Voyeurism“, entering into discussions with the fantastic Reptilians from Andromeda to release more stuff by them as well as working on getting this out – albeit two days late – for which we have to say “sorry” to the Guys (and Girl!).

Lovebomb are Lisa Bouvier, Matt and Frankie.  FOTB will recognise Matt as our very own Matt Bouvier, purveyor of a brand of Nordic widescreen pop we describe as “ecstatic misery” – showcased in the marvellous “Death and Love” – and from his regular appearances on our SBR Christmas compilations.  He’s always been a bit of a rocker at heart and so, Lovebomb.

Fans of classic Indie and regular visitors to Indietracks might recognise Lisa’s name from her involvement with bands like Lost Summer Kitten, The Flatmates, The Proctors and Stars in Coma among others.  She’s kinda like an Indie Emmylou…

And so here we are.

Ladies and gennulmen… Lovebomb!

May 15, 2016 - We’re in a state. It’s the 51st (yeh…a bit laboured, but there aren’t many “51″ related puns I can think of. It’s been a long weekend).

A year or so ago, three guys came to SBR Towers to record their second album.  After a year, here it is, and it’s every bit what we’d hoped it would be.  Ladies and Gentlemen…we give you  Voyeurism by Vukovar

May 2, 2016 - OH NO! IT’S THE FIVE-OH!

In February 2012, a wee album by Phil Reynolds and the Dearly Departed was released by a new label called Small Bear Records (them – up there at the top of the page. The ones with the balloons). We had no idea where we were going with this (still don’t), but for those of you who would prefer the tr;dl version, we’ve just reached our 50th release.

Yep. 50. We’ve worked with people from all around the world (and Wigan), many of whom have become firm friends. It’s been a ride. And we’re not finished yet. We’ve got some corkers coming up this year…

But back to our 50th: We’ve known Matt Kelly since he was about 12. In that time, he’s become a truly amazing guitarist and mandolininininist, working mainly instrumentally in folky circles (playing both on the Isle of Man and at Interceltic festivals all over the Celtic world). Recently, though, he started writing and singing songs; warm-hearted slice-of-life vignettes about the places he’s been and people he’s observed. We’re so chuffed that, of all the people we know, it’s Matt’s debut album as a songwriter which has become this landmark release for us (the lovely artwork was done by the rather smashing Alice Quayle, in case you were asking, which you very much should have been).  There’s a live video for “Ralph Lauren Loves Karen Millen“, the album’s opener on our Youtube channel, here, recorded in the living room at Small Bear House.

So, here it is – available, as per, in The BearshopThe Matt Kelly Half Hour 

April 5, 2016 - My foot ‘urts…

…nowt to do wi’ releases, but it does.  The perils of middle-age.  Anyhoo.  If my Darling Clementine’s miner was a 49′er, then this is our equivalent (what the hell are you blathering on about – ed).

Let me explain…

we get – even as a tiny label – a lot of A&R submissions.  Some are awful, some need a bigger label and some just aren’t right for us.  But we check ‘em all out.  Because if we didn’t we’d miss things like this.  A couple of months ago, an email dropped into our inbox from Istanbul.  ”Crikey”, we thought.  ”That’s a proper foreign land – Holy Roman Empire and all that.  Wonder what it’s all about?”

Turned out to be from a husband-and-wife team going by the name Reptilians From Andromeda.  And we loved it.  So here – for the TL;DR types amongst you  - is our 49th release.  Available from the Bearshop, as per, laydeez an’ gennulmen, we give you our 49th release…

Sonic Rabbit Hole by Reptilians From Andromeda