Track: Bear’s Den- Think of England

bears denWest London based three piece Bear’s Den, aka Andrew Davie (guitar, vocals), Joey Haynes (guitar) and Kev Jones (drums, bass) have already had a good 2014. A well respected debut album, Islands, has led to (at least in part) the bands current tour of American, where they play their biggest ever New York headline date at Warsaw next week.

Taken from that album is the bands new single, Think of England, which drops on February 2nd next year, via Communion Records / Carloline, and was, like the rest of the record, produced and mixed by Ian Grimble (The 1975, Daughter). It opens up with this tumbling percussion, handclaps and atmospheric guitar sighs, as Davie delivers this folk based vocal, the emotion in his voice only heightened with the evocative accompaniment. As the track progresses so it gently starts to unravel, almost unnoticed at first till, with the addition of strings, it builds to its climax.

Its out on download 10” vinyl copies of the single will be backed by three rare demo recordings, including the previously unheard ‘Horses Revisited’, recorded with Ian Grimble during early album sessions. The band are returning to this side of the pond, for

a performance at XFM’s Winter Wonderland in Manchester alongside Wild Beasts, Ben Howard and Hozier. They set out on a UK & European tour in early 2015, culminating in a headline show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Full listings are as follows:
UK Tour
Mon 15 Dec (2014) Manchester O2 Apollo (XFM Winter Wonderland)
Fri 19 Dec Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg, NL (with Dotan)
Sun 21 Dec Amsterdam Paradiso, NL (with Dotan)
Mon 22 Dec Rotterdam Festival Stille Nacht, NL
Fri 06 Feb (2015) Birmingham The Institute, UK
Sun 08 Feb Dublin Workman’s Club, IE
Mon 09 Feb  Belfast Voodoo, UK
Wed 11 Feb Glasgow Oran Mor, UK
Thu 12 Feb  Newcastle The Cluny, UK
Fri 13 Feb Manchester Gorilla, UK
Sun 15 Feb Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach, UK
Mon 16 Feb Oxford O2 Academy 2, UK
Wed 18 Feb Brighton Concorde 2, UK
Fri 20 Feb Paris Point Ephemere, FR
Sat 21 Feb Brussels Witloof Bar, BE
Mon 23 Feb Amsterdam Melkweg Old Hall, NL
Tue 24 Feb Hamburg Knust, DE
Wed 25 Feb Cologne Buergerhaus Stollwerck, DE
Fri 27 Feb Munich Strom, DE
Sat 28 Feb Zurich Mascotte, CH
Tue 03 Mar London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, UK

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