Bear Hands return with their new single, Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide). The song is inspired by influences as disparate as M83 and The Who, especially the arpeggiated synth work of Pete Townsend. Chris Chu of POP ETC, an accomplished songwriter and producer in his own right, served as a spirit guide of sorts, producing the track and adding some guitar and other instrumental parts to it.
In August 2006, Dylan Rau (vocals/guitar) brought together Ted Feldman (guitar), Val Loper (bass) and TJ Orscher (drums) in a small NYC practice space. The original plan was to flesh out some demos Rau had been working on but each quickly saw and heard the potential for a band; a band that would be unique sounding yet widely accessible.
Focusing on the rhythm and percussion that Orscher and Loper bring, they strive to bring the driving beat to the foreground and to marry it with the contemplative lyrics of Rau and inventive guitar lines of Feldman. This musical creativity combines and combats ideas set forth by pioneers of the rock genre.
Press has been off the hook for their debut 4 song ep Golden which was produced by Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican) and for their live shows. During their many gigs on the East Coast Bear Hands have been fortunate enough to share the stage with bands such as MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot, Ambulance Ltd, The Honorary Title etc.