Bear’s Den have a confession to make. The title of their third album ‘So that you might hear me’ was borrowed from the late Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Or rather, borrowed and neatly tweaked. “So That You Will Hear Me” was the poem that haunted Andrew Davie, the British duo’s lyricist and lead singer, as songs for the album were taking shape.
Only in retrospect did he realise why. “To me, it’s about trying to communicate with someone and feeling like you can’t reach them anymore” says Andrew. “That deeply resonated with me. Unwittingly, it became a theme of the album.”
‘So that you might hear me' is the follow-up to Bear’s Den’s debut, Islands, which earned them an Ivor Novello nomination in the UK and a devoted following worldwide, and 2016’s more expansive Red Earth & Pouring Rain. The speed and scale of their success meant that Bear’s Den hadn’t taken a break since forming in 2012. Last year, finally, they took a step back to focus on their future.
For the first time, Andrew and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Jones had their own studio, where they could leave their instruments plugged in and come and go as they pleased. Musically, there were no self-imposed constraints. Nor was there a time frame. The result is a record that is both bold and exposed, at once intimate and widescreen. While the music leads the listener down different paths, the lyrics unfold as though revealing secrets, each line littered with clues. ‘So that you might hear me’ is released April 26 2019.
In two short years, Andrew, Joey and Kev quietly went from pub shows to a jaw dropping headline gig at the Brixton Electric in front of 1500 people. Their appearance at Mumford & Sons’ Summer Stampede saw them play in front of a 60,000 strong, sold out crowd in London’s newly landscaped Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In the US, the band played support tours with Mumford and Sons and Daughter and festival shows on the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover Tour in both the US and Canada.
Bear’s Den released their new single, Elysium, in July on Communion Records/Caroline. An elegiac paean to the redemptive power of friendship and the song that marks the point Bear's Den began the transition from best kept secret to your new favourite band.
Current single Above the Clouds of Pompeii is released in October just before the band's long awaited, stunning debut album Islands.