In support of their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain (out July 22), Bear’s Den have confirmed a headlining U.S. tour this September, including stops in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Boston and Philadelphia among others. Tickets are on pre-sale Wednesday, June 22 exclusively from the band’s website, before the general on-sale at 10 a.m.Friday, June 24. As an option, people purchasing tickets via Bearsdenmusic.co.uk can also get 15% off pre-sale orders of the new album. The album is available digitally, on CD, vinyl and numbered “Bootleg” vinyl (strictly limited to 500 copies) with packaging hand-made and signed by the band themselves. See below for a complete list of tour dates.
Bear’s Den recently premiered the video for Auld Wives,” the first single taken from Red Earth & Pouring Rain. The clip stars actor Joseph Marcell (know for his role as Geoffrey from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) and was directed Sam Yates who was named one of GQ’s “Men of the Next 25 Years.” Watch/share the video here: http://vevo.ly/6fCl6V.
Red Earth & Pouring Rain was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales with the band’s longtime producer Ian Grimble. Singer-guitarist Andrew Davie reflects, “Being on the road so much pushes friendships to the limit, and really affects your relationships outside of it. You get extreme highs and lows.” However, it’s how all of these experiences—personal and as a band, both the ups and the downs—have affected them that informs Red Earth & Pouring Rain.
Following the amicable departure of guitarist Joey Haynes, Bear’s Den now comprises a six-piece touring unit built around a nucleus of Davie and multi-instrumentalist Kev Jones. Assisted by touring musicians Jools Owen (brass/drums) and Marcus Hamblett (synths), their new sonic template took shape, with Jones providing bass and lead guitar. “We come from playing acoustic instruments, where in a band you constantly need to be playing in order to create interest as none of the notes you play have any real sustain,” explains Davie. “With electric instruments, we can create more of an atmosphere and just stay in that moment, which is great. The way we write songs hasn’t really changed at all, the songs are just wearing different clothes.”
Watch Part 1 of the “Making of Red Earth & Pouring Rain” here and Part 2 here.
The London-based band played music in various incarnations before officially forming 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, which was documented in the film Austin to Boston, that the band focused their attention on studio recordings. Their 2014 debut LP Islands was released to widespread international critical acclaim. They received a 2015 Ivor Novello Award nomination, the U.K.’s most prestigious songwriting accolade, alongside notable acts Ben Howard and Hozier, and songs off Islands saw major U.K. radio support from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 as well as 6Music.
RED EARTH & POURING RAINTRACKLIST:
1. Red Earth & Pouring Rain
3. Dew On The Vine
4. Roses On A Breeze
5. New Jerusalem
6. Love Can’t Stand Alone
7. Auld Wives’
8. Greenwoods Bethlehem
9. Broken Parable
BEAR’S DEN LIVE
September 14—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade
September 15—Vienna, VA—Jammin Java
September 16—Philadelphia, PA—Milkboy
September 17—Boston, MA—Great Scott
September 19—Montreal, QC—Café Campus
September 20—Toronto, ON—Mod Club
September 22—Columbus, OH—The Basement
September 24—Minneapolis, MN—Triple Rock Social Club