Tue, Feb 7, 2017 8:00 pm
- Price: $18.00
In a world increasingly permeated by superficial connections and selfie-addicted narcissism, the need to slow down, draw breath, and think about what it's really all about grows ever more acute.Welcome to Bear's Den. Inspired by Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's classic "Where the Wild Things Are," this London based trio (Andrew Davie; guitar and vocals, Kev Jones; drums and vocals, and Joey Haynes; banjo and vocals) create music which -- whisper it -- dares to be both literate and profound. While, crucially, remaining universally accessible."'Where The Wild Things Are' appeals to us because it offers a dual perspective of seeing the world through both a kid's and an adult's eyes," explains Andrew (known, simply, as Davie). "A lot of our songs address the world in the same way. Bear's Den is our name for the island the kid escapes to."It's tempting to see the trio's quietly confident rise in fairytale terms, too. But Bear's Den are built to last -- touring duties to date have seen them play everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to touring the U.S. with Mumford & Sons. It's a far cry from Davie's childhood in the West London suburbs (Chiswick, Acton, Uxbridge) when life as a musician seemed beyond the realms of probability. Schooled in the classics (Bob Dylan, The Kinks) by a music mad dad, his arrival at Music College only served to dampen his hopes.Things changed when he started hanging out at the legendary Bosun's Locker jam nights in Fulham. Immersed in a cultural vortex alongside a nascent Laura Marling and a pre-Vaccines Jay Jay Pistolet (Davie sang backing vocals on the latter's "Holly"), he was inspired to form his own band, Cherbourg, with trusted ally Kev Jones. However, it was only when the duo recruited guitarist and banjo player Joey Haynes on Cherbourg's dissolution in 2012 that the melodies in his head became fully realized."I got goose bumps at the first rehearsal," he recalls with a grin. "We've got wildly disparate influences, but the three of us together have got real chemistry. It just works." Embarking on the age-old process of playing gigs anywhere and everywhere, the trio bridged the gap between performer and audience wherever possible; printing up limited edition bootleg CDs with hand stamped "bear paw" prints and individual town crest stamps specific for each gig. Duly signed to renowned U.K. and U.S.-based record label, Communion, an inspired idea saw them conduct a U.S. tour with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Staves, crossing the States in a convoy of '60s VW Camper Vans.Recorded with long-term producer Ian Grimble (Travis/Manic Street Preachers) at Crouch End's Church Studios, it's lyrically both restrained yet richly descriptive, the product of Davie's novelistic approach to songwriting. "I've always been interested in the way Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway leave room for interpretation," he explains. "It allows the listener to have their own individual relationship with the songs."