Monday, September 16, 2013

“Sahara” by Bear’s Den – A Song Review and Concert Opportunity

     In January, we posted the song “Pompeii” by Bear’s Den. We still play the song on a regular basis. The band’s song “Agape” provided evidence that Bear’s Den would be more than a one-song contributor to our personal playlists. But we were not ready for their latest release – “Sahara,” which surfaced on Soudcloud only three days ago.
     “Sahara” is a song that can easily be divided into three segments. The start of each segment is distinctively marked by one or more instruments. The first segment is introspective, initially with dream-like instrumentation and then with reminiscing about the love felt during and after a relationship that was not properly maintained. Statements include, “All my life, I wasn’t honest enough and I thought I would never get over you.”
     The start of the second segment is marked by a guitar that is predominately featured after it enters at 2:26. In this segment, the lyrics are based on the opinion of another person, namely the person for whom the love was directed during the earlier relationship. Statements include, “You said I could never be happy with anyone.”
     The start of the third segment is marked by a drum (the snare?) at 3:14. The first sentence is, “But I found love.” Now, the discussion is a contrast between the past (“I wasn’t honest enough…”) and the present (“But I found love.”). The band vocals are high quality and Bear’s Den suddenly becomes a guitar band. As much as we enjoy the first two segments, it’s the third that makes “Sahara” a standout.

     On October 28, 2013, Bear’s Den will drop its EP, “Without/Within.” Digitally speaking, we are waiting in line. But we aren’t waiting to buy tickets to see them. Bear’s Den is making a stop in San Francisco on Monday October 7. They will be with Daughter. A blog entry directed to Daughter can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.  We jumped on the purchase of tickets.
    Bear’s Den is based in London. The three members are Andrew Davie, Kev Jones, and Joey Haynes.
     “Sahara” by Bear’s Den

     “Pompeii” by Bear’s Den

     “Agape” by Bear’s Den

Mon 16 Sep
Kessler Theatre, Dallas
Tue 17 Sep
The Mohawk, Austin
Wed 18 Sep
Fitzgerald's, Houston
Fri 20 Sep
Variety Playhouse, Atlanta
Sat 21 Sep
Exit/In, Nashville
Sun 22 Sep
Plush, St Louis
Mon 23 Sep
The Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
Wed 25 Sep
Park West, Chicago
Sat 28 Sep
Midpoint Music Festival, Cincinnati
Sun 29 Sep
Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto
Tue 1 Oct
9:30 Club, Washington
Wed 2 Oct
Mr Small's Theatre, Pittsburgh
Fri 4 Oct
Royale Night Club, Boston
Sat 5 Oct
Terminal 5, New York City
Mon 7 Oct
The Fillmore, with Daughter, San Francisco
Tue 8 Oct
The Wiltern, Los Angeles
Thu 10 Oct
ANU Bar, with Matt Corby, Canberra
Fri 11 Oct
Hordern Pavilion, with Matt Corby, Sydney
Tue 15 Oct
Brisbane Convention Centre, with Matt Corby, Brisbane
Thu 17 Oct
City Hall, with Matt Corby, Hobart
Fri 18 Oct
Festival Hall, with Matt Corby, Melbourne
Wed 23 Oct
GPAC Playhouse, with Matt Corby, Geelong
Thu 24 Oct
Thebarton Theatre, with Matt Corby, Adelaide
Sun 27 Oct
Fremantle Arts Centre, with Matt Corby, Fremantle
Fri 1 Nov
Holy Trinity Church, Leeds
Sun 3 Nov
King Tuts, Glasgow
Mon 4 Nov
The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tue 5 Nov
Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Wed 6 Nov
Village Underground, London
Thu 7 Nov
The Haunt, Brighton
Sun 10 Nov
Privatclub, Berlin
Mon 11 Nov
Molotow, Hamburg
Tue 12 Nov
Blue Shell, Cologne
Wed 13 Nov
Paradiso, Amsterdam

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