By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bear’s Den will return to the U.S. ion July for a handful of tour dates that include stops at Newport Folk Festival and XPoNential Fest. This tour is in support of their sophomore EP Without/Within. Check out a video for the song “Sahara” below to get an idea of what the band has to offer. This song instantly drew me in with its warm melodies and softer vocals that spred out over top of them, and I may have to try and catch them in Washington D.C. in July to see how this material translates live. Bear’s Den is currently working on their debut full length.

Critically acclaimed British trio Bear’s Den returns stateside in July extending their momentous European tour to include North America. Supporting their sophomore EP, Without/Within, dates will include 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.” Watch the video for “Sahara” here. The band is currently in the studio working on their debut full-length.

Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers) produced Without/Within. Of the new 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.

Without/Within follows the band’s 2013 U.S. debut Agape (ag-ah’-pay) which received widespread praise—New York Times T Magazine premiered the title track (http://nyti.ms/1fFgORQ). The band was recently featured on NPR’s “World Café Live” (http://n.pr/1cqOBfq) and is currently in the studio working on their upcoming LP slated for later this year.

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.


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
5. Sophie
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

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