Eliza and the Bear are set to return to Manchester for a performance at Manchester Academy 3 on 15 April.

The gig comes on the back of the release of their self-titled album, out today 8 April.

The band previously released the single Friends, an uplifting story about the importance of friends and family, combined with gleaming guitars and stadium-sized optimism.  Friends is the perfect example of how the Essex quintet create, life-affirming songs.

The track followed previous Radio 1 playlisted singles Lion’s Heart, which ‘led to roaring singalongs at festivals’ (The Telegraph) and It Gets Cold (The Independent “hard to get away from its magnetic groove”).

Other stand out tracks include beautifully broody, strings accompanied I’m On Your Side, fan favourite Brother’s Boat and Make It On My Own.

During the making of the album, the band decamped to Nashville to work with three time Grammy Award-winning producer Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Of Monsters and Men, James Bay).  “We wanted to get out of London, get away from distractions and concentrate on making the songs as good as they could be,”says frontman James Kellegher, “Jacquire brought in a string quartet, a gospel choir and a couple of brilliant brass players.”

Having previously supported the likes of Paramore, Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION, last year they completed a string of support dates with Twin Atlantic including a 10,000 capacity sold out show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Brixton Academy and Manchester Albert Hall as well as their own headline date at a packed out London KOKO.

Eliza and the Bear perform at Manchester Academy 3 on 15 April.

You can read our interview with Eliza and the Bear prior to their Ruby Lounge gig here.