Fresh off their critically acclaimed SXSW shows, Brooklynâ€™s Bear Hands are playing a slew of dates with Ambulance Ltd., Cursive, & Die Die Die! Come and check out the hottest new band that everybody is talking about!
Tell All Your Friends is thrilled to announce the arrival of Bear Hands! Brooklynâ€™s up and coming indie-rock impresarios bring us the â€œGolden EPâ€ (December 11th). With titles such as â€œSickly Brunetteâ€ and â€œBad Bloodâ€, this 4-song EP features themes from the ironic and sublime to the punchy and powerful. Bear Handsâ€™ music harkens back to the wit and weariness of the days when Pavement reigned supreme, (think â€œBox Elderâ€). Bear Hands have recently performed with MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot, & The Honorary Title.
In August 2006, Dylan Rau (vocals/guitar) brought together Ted Feldman (guitar), Val Loper (bass) and TJ Orscher (drums) in a small NYC practice space. The original plan was to flesh out some demos Rau had been working on but each quickly saw and heard the potential for a band; a band that would be unique sounding yet widely accessible.
Focusing on the rhythm and percussion that Orscher and Loper bring, they strive to bring the driving beat to the foreground and to marry it with the contemplative lyrics of Rau and inventive guitar lines of Feldman. This musical creativity combines and combats ideas set forth by pioneers of the rock genre.
The band are already being championed by the NYC underground, indeed they have just been featured as a Great NYC Band You Need To Check Out in L magazine’s Music Issue.
Bear Hands have just recorded their debut ep with producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican). This 4 song ep, entitled the â€œGolden epâ€, will be released on Freedom In Exile and will be available on: itunes; old school compact disc at fine independent retailers and at their many upcoming live shows; and even older school mail order via their myspace page.
With Action Painters, Saints & Lovers And The Jaguar Club
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Jul 26 2008 8:00P
Prospect Park w/ Ghostland Observatory
Alternative Press (Top 100 bands of 2008) “..While hints of lo-fi indie and post-punk v2.o float about on their debut, the songs catch fire from their own spark. No grungy depression or post-millennial anxiety, just solid tunes..”
Entertainment Weekly â€œGolden…finds the band melding together indie rock and post-punk on songs like â€˜Long Lean Queen,â€™ a punchy anthem propelled by atonal vocals and persistent percussion. Judging from these four tracks, this young Bear is already exhibiting survival skills.â€
Entertainment Weekly (Live Review) On the Scene: Spoon (and others) rule the CMJ stage!
Brooklyn Vegan â€œBack in May, L Magazine told us to listen to Brooklyn’s Bear Hands. Well, it took me a while, but now I’m listening. In fact, I I’ve been listening to their 4-song EP a lot lately. Why now? Partly…. because of all the shows Bear Hands have been playing lately, and will be playing in the futureâ€
Ohmyrockness.com “This is a melodic, guitar driven band that sounds perhaps like a less spastic Detachment Kit. Anyway, I’m putting these guys on my “band to watch” list. I want to hear and see more, for sure.”
Flavorpill “Bear Hands proudly carry the “classic” indie-rock torch, but with respectful nods (headbangs, perhaps?) to the best â€” and catchiest â€” ’90s alt-rock. Live, the young Brooklyn quartet enthusiastically trumps seasoned elders, forcing the most jaded NYC concertgoers to uncross their arms.”