Following on from the huge support for their previously unveiled singles 'All That You Are', 'Spiders', 'Shadows', Blue Hours', and most recently 'Frightened Whispers', folk-rock duo Bear's Den - made up of Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones - have now released their highly-anticipated, fourth studio album 'Blue Hours' through Communion Records, which also comes accompanied by the focus track 'New Ways'. The album release is supported by an extensive UK, Europe and North America tour which is already underway in Europe and includes a night at London's Eventim Apollo on May 18th.
Produced by regular collaborator Ian Grimble, themes on this new album include both self-reflection and mental health after both struggled with the latter in recent years. "It's the main overarching theme with this record," Davie explains. The group, who has worked with mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) previously added: "It probably speaks to our struggles and hopefully many other people's too. Men are not very good at talking. We're not really taught how to - men have no idea how to talk about this stuff, certainly to each other."
Adding about the new album, Davie says: "Blue Hours is a kind of imaginary space you get into at night, a place where you process difficult things or where you try to figure everything out."
To tie in with the band's UK tour dates Bear's Den have teamed up once again with UK suicide-prevention charity Campaign Against Living miserably (CALM) to take part in their 'Secret Encore' initiative. Much like Sam Fender and Supergrass who've recently joined forces with CALM on tour, the campaign will give fans attending the live shows the opportunity to donate and raise funds for CALM's lifesaving work, and in return receive a specially recorded 'Bear's Den' live video of a track, delivered an hour after the show.
The record's final cut 'New Ways' looks to show the timely nature of this new release. Written at the beginning of the pandemic, the pair were in search of a guiding light to find their way through the deepening anxiety and stress of that time, making this new single the perfect opening to their latest full-length.
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