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This isn't the first time we've filmed Bear's Den. Two summers ago Andrew, Kevin, and Joey introduced us to their evocative and often profound songwriting, stringing a simple tangle of acoustic guitar, banjo, and spirited three part harmony together, making instant fans out of our crew and the (hundreds of) thousands who have given that particular video a spin in our sessions section.

Last month the band unveiled their debut album Islands, showing off a more atmospheric folk sound than what we encountered in our original meeting. Such an airy quality is easily distilled from our brand new session with the band, captured while the band bulleted through NYC as part of the always exhausting, CMJ Music Marathon. "Agape", "Above the Clouds of Pompeii", and "Isaac" - all performed in that original session - are dipped in a warm, woozy glow here, with divine results. A splash of cornet to the mix, plus three more of Islands' finest cuts ("Magdalene", "Bad Blood", and "Elysium") make this an extremely moving performance, like a close friend sharing a few emotional secrets for your ears only.

If you like what you hear and you're in NYC, treat yourself to the band's North American tour final on Tuesday 25th of November at The Warsaw in Brooklyn. Tickets available HERE.

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- Hey, everybody at the party, I hope you're having fun.
My name is Aimee.
I'm the Managing Editor here at Baeble, and we're so happy to have you here at our Bands and Brews session.
Please enjoy the music of Bears Den.
- More like Beards Den! Agape Please don't dissipate
Yeah I know that I've got this all wrong
I'm reaching out To touch your voice
But maybe I'm clutching at straws
Even though your words hurt the most
I still want to hear them Every day
You say let it go
But I can't let it go I want to believe every word that you say
For I'm so scared of losing you and I don't know what I can do
about it About it
So tell me how long love
before you go and leave me here on my own
I know it, I don't want to know who I am without you
Agape Please don't dissipate
Yeah, I know that I've got this all wrong
I'm reaching out To touch you now
But baby I'm clutching at straws
For I'm so scared of losing you
and I don't know what I can do about it
About it
So tell me how long love before you go
and leave me here on my own I know it
I don't want to know who I am without you
I don't want to know I don't want to know
I don't want to know
For I'm so scared of losing you
and I don't know what I can do about it
About it
Tell me how long love before you go
and leave me here on my own
And I know it Yeah I know it
Tell me how long love before you go
and leave me here on my own I know it
I don't want to know who I am without you
I don't want to know who I am without you
- Thank you.
It's a real honor to be here at this amazing house.
And thank you so much to Baeble and David for having us here.
You guys are awesome and it's an honor for us.
Isaac are you listening I watched it from afar
Yes I watched as the clouds began to part
Issac can you see my now I've known you all my life
And I worship the ground you walk upon
Isaac will you never learn That a father's love must be earned
Or your mother need not learn
Isaac I have never seen you look so afraid
With your head pressed so hard against the stone
You look so alone
I'm gonna give all my love to you I'm gonna give all my love to you
I'm gonna give all my love to you
Isaac are you listening I watched it from afar
Yes I watched as your your life just fell apart
Isaac I could never learn Why a father's love must be earned
While your mother need not learn
How to love you
I'm gonna give all my love to you I'm gonna give all my love to you
I'm gonna give all my love to you I'm gonna give all my love to you
I'm gonna give all my love to you I'm gonna give all my love to you
I'm gonna give all my love to you I'm gonna give all my love to you
- Thank you.
This next song we're gonna play is called "Above the Clouds of Pompeii.
" And we've invited our buddy, Marcus, onstage with us for this one.
I know.
I hope you like it.
We love you, Marcus! We always have.
We built our home out on the slopes Pompeii beneath, she lay above
How she haunted our home How she haunted our home
You were a god in my eyes Above the clouds, above the skies
You were a god in my eyes You were a god
You took me walking through the town Showed me the statues underground
Said just don't they look at peace Sometimes I wish that was me
I was the son you always had Tugging at your coat when you were sad
I was the son you always had I was the son you always had
Oh please, just don't cry Hold your head up high
She would want you to She would want you to
Please just don't cry hold your head up high
She would want you to She would want you to
You said stay in the car and wait there's just some things I have to say
Don't you know I miss her too I miss her just as much as you
And so my father and my son As you end what she's begun
You'll lie patient by her side With roses red come lilies white
I was too young to understand The flowers slipping from your hands
I was too young to understand Yeah, I was too young to understand
And I was too young to understand The flowers sleeping in her hands
I was too young to understand Yeah, I was too young to understand
Oh please, don't cry Hold your head up high
She would want you to Yeah, she would want you to
Please, just don't cry Hold your head up high
She would want you to Yeah, she would want you to
And just don't cry Hold your head up high
She would want you to She would want you to
Please, just don't cry Hold your head up high
She would want you to She would want you to
- Thank you! - So we've just released our debut album, which is called "Islands.
" And the song we're gonna play for you next is the last song that we wrote and recorded for that album.
So this one is almost as new to us as it is to you guys.
And it's called "Magdalene.
" Sing a song for the daughters of Magdalene
All tied up in their white ribbon
November came and before I got your letter
I will love you better I will love you true
Everyday I would wait by the gates for you
But with time how your heart withdrew
You said I never understand the pain or share the shame
But you know that I wanted to
But you give me hope and now you take it away
You took my love and now you celebrate
When the morning comes no I don't believe in my God
Oh my God how could you take her from me
So I told and the sisters of mercy came
By your school just yesterday
I never meant for to cause you any pain
I wanna make it better Make it go away
So sing a song for the daughters of Magdalene
All smothered 'neath the white linen
If Mary knew how she was being used So misconstrued
How you were being used
But you gave me hope and now you take it away
You took my love and now you celebrate
When the morning comes now I don't believe in my God
Oh my God, how could you take her from me
You gave me hope and now you take it away
You took my love and now you celebrate
When the morning comes no I don't believe that my God
Oh my God how could you take her from me
Well I'll never love again with all my heart
It just falls part every time I try
I will never love again with all my heart
It just falls apart every time I try
Thank you very much.
Just sever the ties Cut me out
And fill up the hole
That I tried and I tried and I tried to fill
Oh but I lied and I'll lie it will
Just to keep your feet off the floor
And to keep my wolves from your door
Forgive me for I am not acting myself
But these bees in my breath have to come out
Well you give me no reason to doubt your word
But I still somehow still have my reasons
And I'm sorry I don't mean to scare you at all
I'm just trying to drain all this bad blood
All this bad blood All my bad blood
Well I slashed your tires And I locked your doors
So no one gets out
But there's a rupture to the structure of this house that we built
And I fucked it Yeah I fucked it and I fucked it until
Those wolves they took all they could
Forgive me for I am not acting myself
But these bees in my breath have to come out
Well you give me no reason to doubt your word
But I still somehow still have my reasons
And I'm sorry I don't mean to scare you at all
I'm just trying to drain all this bad blood
All this bad blood All my bad blood
All my bad blood All my bad blood
All my bad blood
As I walk down the road of old St. Augustine
I recall a choir singing in some orchard
Well the tighter you hold Yeah they're still gonna go Until all you remember is the courtship
Well I know I was far from perfect
But I was just dying to drain all my bad blood
All my bad blood All my bad blood
- Thank you.
Brother do you believe in an afterlife
Our souls will both collide In some great Elysium
Way up in the sky Free from our shackles, our chains
Our mouths, our brains We'll open all the gates
And we will walk careless Straight into the light
I've never felt so enlightened With every page I turn I only find myself feeling more alone
Posing questions to a silent universe
My very thoughts a curse
They just seem to multiply Forever in my mind
Brother don't grow up Brother please never grow up
Just hold out against the night
Guard your hope with all your life
For the darkness she will come
Oh and you will have \ nowhere left to run
Oh but your eyes are wider than mine
And help me to sleep I just hope that age does not erase
All that you see
Don't let bitterness become you
Your only hopes are all within you
Just hold out against the night
Guard your hope with your life
- Thank you so much, everybody.
Have a nice end of the day.

Artist Bio

Bear's Den are London trio Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes, and Kevin Jones. The music they make is wholesome, warm, and engaging, and takes its influence from the likes of Being There era Wilco, Ryan Adams, and a wealth of both folk and alt-country reference points.

The ethos of DIY is at the heart of everything Bear's Den have done since their inception. Charging around the UK in a van playing to any venue that would have them, picking up support tours with the likes of Of Men And Monsters, Smoke Fairies, and Matt Corby, and concluding 2012 with a support slot for Mumford and Sons at London's O2 Arena, Bear's Den took time out and relocated to a cottage in Wales to record their debut EP, sold only at shows last year, and went on to record this Agape EP in Norfolk with Kristoffer Harris.

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