Xiong Mao


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"This self-released, Moldy Peachesesque gem is the year’s best indie pop release. This Auckland, New Zealand-based duo rocks without pretense, and they get extra points for writing an entire album about a panda." - Reverb, official Denver Post Music Blog

Auckland, New Zealand. Boy meets girl while working together at a record store. Boy knows four chords, Josie instinctively harmonises. They put songs on the internet. They are all about pandas.

Taking a name from the Chinese words for 'panda' ('Xiong Mao', or 'Bear Cat' in English), they soon found their two piece pop band being asked to play actual real shows around the country, venturing as far South as chilly Dunedin (over 3/4 of the way to Antarctica!) and back home opening the curtains for touring acts like Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens labelmate Half-handed Cloud.

In 2009 they were bizarrely top five finalists in a nationwide MTV band competition. They then released debut album Xiong Mao.

The band are now steadily diversifying their subject matter to encompass various other important subjects such as sharks and listening to I Saw The Sign while crushing at the ice skating rink.

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released September 8, 2009

Dave and Dan co-produced it in their bedrooms. Dan sang and played guitars/assorted dinky toy instruments, Jocee sang lots and played some piano, Hayden and Roxie played some horns, Romelli and Johanna played some strings, Ben and Alex and Dave's little brother played some drums, Dave played some bass, mixed and engineered all the bits that sound like they're recorded properly.



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BEAR CAT Auckland, New Zealand

a dash of Jonathan Richman, the Ramones and the Mouldy Peaches, lots of songs about pandas, puns, ukuleles, xylophones.

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Track Name: Red Panda Blues
The CCP took your land away
They don't care about the fur on your face
Every panda and person is the same
They don't care about the fur on your face

They stole your land, bamboo from your hands,
now all you can do is sing
This is panda land!

You're in the rice fields feeling so used
You got a dose of those red panda blues
They've got you jumping through fiery hoops
You got a dose of those red panda blues

And we'll sing for you
for freedom and for truth
so hold, hold on with those panda hands
til we can shout