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Without/Within, the sophomore EP from critically acclaimed British trio Bear’s Den was released March 4, 2014, via Communion Records.
Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers) produced Without/Within. Of the new music Andrew Davie (vocals, guitar) notes, “The songs were in many ways our most personal yet and also our most ambitious sonically. Joey’s playing is particularly beautiful to me and his guitar and banjo melodies carry the songs so perfectly at times. Kev was experimenting more with synth bass and piano on top of drums before anyone else even picked anything up. I was experimenting for the first time in my life really on electric guitar and with delayed and reversed guitar loops. We all had our own responsibilities within this record and we all had complete belief and trust in each other. We wanted to push ourselves so that we could grow into the songs on the road and hopefully push ourselves to become a better live band because of it.”
Without/Within follows the band’s 2013 U.S. debut Agape (ag-ah’-pay), which received widespread praise – New York Times T Magazine premiered the title track and the band was featured on NPR’s “World Café.” Since the release of Agape, Bear’s Den embarked on a massive three-month tour of the U.S., Australia and Europe including support slots with Mumford & Sons, Daughter and Matt Corby.
Davie, Joey Haynes (vocals, banjo) and Kevin Jones (vocals, drums) make up Bear’s Den. The London-based trio played music in various incarnations before officially forming the band in 2012. They developed a cult following in their short existence as a result of their writing, harmonies, D.I.Y. approach with custom hand-stamped CDs, and extensive touring. It was only after finding their identity on the road that the band focused their attention on studio recordings.
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