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Introducing: Bear’s Den

Over the past few years, the lovely Haldern Pop Festival has not only become a compulsive event in my calendar, but turned out to be a treasure chest of great yet unknown artists on their way into the limelight. Well, as I wasn’t able to make it down there this year, it was a friend of mine, who entrusted me with one of these emerging musical gems: The amiable ‘Bear’s Den’. Without doubt, he was bloody well right about them. The folk project around London natives Andrew Davie, Kevin Jones and Joey Haynes seems a bit like a satellite orbiting the earth. Since launching Bear’s Den last year, the trio extensively toured with musicians like Of Monsters and Men or Ben Howard, ecstasized audiences at ‘Green Man Festival’ or ‘The Great Escape’ and released their terrific second EP ‘Agape’ on Communion Records last March. And there’s certainly no time to rest as they are about to set out for distant shores again: Throughout autumn, the three-piece will share the stage with close friends Mumford & Sons and Daughter on their respective US tours, as well as supporting Matt Corby in Australia.

Put most simply, the band’s music is a well-placed shot in the heart. Their intelligent song-writing is met with beautiful folk melodies and carried by Davie’s fragile voice that ever entails a striking, almost dolorous honesty. Besides that, Bear’s Den distinguishes itself by a great sound scope as the two diverse songs ‘Pompeii’ and ‘When you break’ reveal. While the former is an uplifting and thoughtful song about love and loss with simple guitar and banjo arrangements, the momentous ‘When you break’ takes a slightly different path. It’s a spellbinding, spooky song full of sadness and distress, almost building up like a post-rock track, as the echoing electric guitars entangle Davie’s repeated chanting of the lines ‘Tell me another beautiful lie, tell me everything I wanna hear…’

Bear’s Den stops by for a few UK concerts in November 2013:

Friday 1st November: Holy Trinity Church, Leeds
Sunday 3rd November: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Monday 4th November: Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tuesday 5th November: Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham
Wednesday 6th November: Village Underground, London
Thursday 7th November: The Haunt, Brighton

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