Bearsuit reveal exclusive new tracks on BBC Introducing

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Bearsuit came into the BBC Introducing in Norfolk studio with presenters Lauren and Harriet (seated)

Norwich indie stalwarts Bearsuit have taken over radio's BBC Introducing in Norfolk show to mark the release of their forthcoming album.

The five-piece launch Phantom of the Forest on 14 March, before heading to US music conference South by Southwest (SXSW) two days later.

On the radio show the band played three exclusive songs from their new record and spoke about life in the group.

"It's the first time the songs have been played and it's so good to be able to share them at last," said vocalist and keyboard player Lisa Horton.

The fourth album represents a change in direction for the group who have taken on a tighter electro-pop sound after a shake-up in their line-up.

"We're so chuffed with the new album," said bassist Charlene Katuwawala. "It's fantastic when you have an idea of what you want it to be and then it comes to fruition and more."

Tracks from the new record, including new single When Will I Be Queen, have already been clocking up radio play on national stations including BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.

Bearsuit have been supported by BBC Radio 1 DJ and new music champion Huw Stephens, who has also invited the band to play his BBC Introducing showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Bearsuit promise to be in fine fettle for the US conference and festival as it comes off the back of their national tour, which includes a special launch party at Norwich Arts Centre on 7 March.

Warming up for the city show - supported by BBC Introducing in Norfolk - will be Tim Ten Yen who fuse together song with outlandish dance routines.

Listen again to Bearsuit's takeover of BBC Introducing in Norfolk until 1900 GMT on 25 February 2011.

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