Bear’s Den brought their folksy, british alt-rock stylings to Rough Trade last night while in town on their tour running through mid-November. While only their second studio album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain finds the group incorporating a slightly different sound, laced with subtle flourishes of synthesizers, and a somewhat less traditional sounding instrumentation than their previous Islands. That’s not to say that this release is a collection of drum kit laden trap tracks- far from it-more so that their freshman release Islands was classically rendered in most every regard. Islands was also quite a well received album, making its way up the UK charts and finding a place for the band in direct support of artists like Mumford & Sons and Daughter. But this tour seems to be about Bear’s Den really coming into their own sound and developing their own fanbase around hypnotically balanced ballads and captivating storytelling. And a pedal here and there didn’t replace the banjos, trumpets, coronets and acoustic guitars that are Bear’s Den’s stock and trade.
DMNDR’s Levi Walton caught their SOLD OUT show and gave us a peak into the Bear’s Den in Brooklyn. Check out the photos from Rough Trade and look up your stop on the US and European tour dates here to see them yourself!