West 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:
Mon 15 Dec (2014) Manchester O2 Apollo (XFM Winter Wonderland)
Fri 19 Dec Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg, NL (with Dotan)