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Bear's Den Announce New Album 'Blue Hours' And Accompanying Tour Dates In UK, Europe And US

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Bennie Curnow

Bear's Den have announced a new album and an accompanying tour.

'Blue Hours', the follow-up to 2020's 'Fragments' with Paul Frith, will arrive on May 13 via Communion Records. One half of the duo, Andrew Davie said:

“Blue Hours is a kind of imaginary space you get into at night, a place where you process difficult things or where you try to figure everything out.”

Continuing to discuss the record's themes of self-reflection and mental health, he added: "It’s the main over-arching theme with this record. It probably speaks to our struggles and hopefully many other people’s too. Men are not very good at talking. We’re not really taught how to – men have no idea how to talk about this stuff, certainly to each other.”

The band's Kevin Jones explained there was also hope running through the record:

“We wanted this to be a celebration of music. I think that informed some of the bolder decision making on this record. At a time when music was so distant, it felt important to make an album that sounded hopeful, celebratory, ambitious and beautiful in spite of the heavy subject matter in some of the songs.

“It was almost like we needed to shout louder than before because we felt that there were more barriers between the audience and us. We needed something to transcend that.”

In late 2021, the band released the album's lead single All That You Are, and have now shared new cut Spiders, a melancholic folk-rock offering. Check it out below alongside the record's artwork and tracklist.

Bear's Den will support the album with tour dates in the UK, Europe and North America throughout 2022. The UK and Ireland leg will include stops in Bristol, London, Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Leeds between May 17 and 27. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on January 28.

'Blue Hours' tracklist:

  1. New Ways
  2. Blue Hours
  3. Frightened Whispers
  4. Gratitude 
  5. Shadows
  6. All That You Are
  7. Spiders
  8. Selective Memories
  9. On Your Side
  10. All The Wrong Place

Bears Den Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat April 23 2022 - OSLO Parkteatret (Norway)
Sun April 24 2022 - STOCKHOLM Debaser (Sweden)
Tue April 26 2022 - COPENHAGEN Studie 2 (Denmark)
Fri April 29 2022 - HAMBURG Fabrik (Germany)
Sun May 01 2022 - AMSTERDAM Paradiso (Netherlands)
Mon May 02 2022 - AMSTERDAM Paradiso (Netherlands)
Thu May 05 2022 - ZURICH Kaufleuten (Switzerland)
Sat May 07 2022 - COLOGNE Carlswerk Victoria (Germany)
Mon May 09 2022 - BRUSSELS Ancienne Belgique (Belgium)

Tue May 17 2022 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Wed May 18 2022 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Sat May 21 2022 - DUBLIN 3Olympia Theatre
Sun May 22 2022 - MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Mon May 23 2022 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Wed May 25 2022 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Newcastle University
Thu May 26 2022 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Fri May 27 2022 - LEEDS Leeds University Stylus

Thu September 08 2022 - DALLAS Texas - Studio at the Factory (USA)
Fri September 09 2022 - AUSTIN Texas - Emos (USA)
Sun September 11 2022 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Basement East (USA)
Mon September 12 2022 - ATLANTA Georgia - Variety Playhouse (USA)
Wed September 14 2022 - ARDMORE Pennsylvania - Ardmore Music Hall (USA)
Thu September 15 2022 - NEW YORK New York - Webster Hall (USA)
Fri September 16 2022 - WASHINGTON District of Columbia - 930 Club (USA)
Sat September 17 2022 - BOSTON Massachusetts - Royale (USA)
Tue September 20 2022 - TORONTO Ontario - Danforth Music Hall (Canada)
Wed September 21 2022 - CHICAGO Illinois - Thalia Hall (USA)
Fri September 23 2022 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Varsity Theater (USA)
Sat September 24 2022 - IOWA CITY Iowa - Englert Theatre (USA)
Sun September 25 2022 - KANSAS CITY Missouri - Knuckleheads Saloon (USA)
Tue September 27 2022 - DENVER Colorado - Bluebird Theater (USA)
Wed September 28 2022 - SALT LAKE CITY Utah - Commonwealth Room (USA)
Fri September 30 2022 - SEATTLE Washington - Neptune Theatre (USA)
Sat October 01 2022 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Vogue Theatre (Canada)
Mon October 03 2022 - PORTLAND Oregon - Revolution Hall (USA)
Wed October 05 2022 - FELTON California - Felton Music Hall (USA)
Thu October 06 2022 - SAN FRANCISCO California - August Hall (USA)
Sat October 08 2022 - LOS ANGELES California - Troubadour (USA)

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