“A collection of lyrically sincere and emotionally raw songs.”—New York Times T Magazine
“…rich harmonies and warm vibe…”—NPR’s “World Café”
“…raw, heartfelt and laid-back all at once.”—WFUV
“…full harmonies and truthful lyrics.”—Paste
The video for “Elysium,” the latest song from critically acclaimed British trio Bear’s Den, is streaming now as a NPR Music “First Watch” (http://n.pr/1lQQTJv). “Elysium” serves as a preview to the band’s upcoming debut full-length due later this fall.
In July, the band will return stateside extending their momentous European tour to include North America. The tour is fueled by the success of their sophomore EP, Without/Within, and includes stops at Newport Folk Festival, XPoNential Fest and Triple A Conference. More details below.
Rolling Stone hails Without/Within as “heartfelt, shimmering and adventurous follow up” while MTV admires the band’s sonic change on the recording explaining, “The modern instrumentation only serves to underscore the band’s timeless themes.”
Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers) produced the EP. Of the music Andrew Davie (vocals, guitar) notes, “The songs were in many ways our most personal yet and also our most ambitious sonically. Joey’s playing is particularly beautiful to me, and his guitar and banjo melodies carry the songs so perfectly at times. Kev was experimenting more with synth bass and piano on top of drums before anyone else even picked anything up. I was experimenting for the first time in my life really on electric guitar and with delayed and reversed guitar loops. We all had our own responsibilities within this record, and we all had complete belief and trust in each other. We wanted to push ourselves so that we could grow into the songs on the road and hopefully push ourselves to become a better live band because of it.” See track listing below.
Davie, Joey Haynes (vocals, banjo) and Kevin Jones (vocals, drums) make up Bear’s Den. The London-based trio played music in various incarnations before officially forming the band in 2012. They developed a cult following in their short existence as a result of their writing, harmonies, D.I.Y. approach with custom hand-stamped CDs, and extensive touring. It was only after finding their identity on the road that the band focused their attention on studio recordings releasing their first official EP Agape (ag-ah’-pay) in 2013.
Without/Within Track Listing
1. Sahara pt. I
2. Sahara pt. II
3. Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away
4. Writing on the Wall
6. My Lair
Bear’s Den Tour Dates
July 25-26 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival
July 27 Philadelphia, PA XPoNential Fest
July 29 Washington, DC Black Cat
July 31 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
August 1 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
August 2 Toronto, ONT Mod Club
August 4 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
August 6 Boulder, CO AAA Conference
Tickets available at www.bearsdenmusic.co.uk