Bears Den at Bushstock review

Let me set the scene. The queue to see Bears Den was long. Everyone was excited and expectant. The beautiful venue, St Stephens Church in Notting Hill was packed. From the first note, we were seat dancing and visibly enjoying the music. I asked Bears Den why they love Bushstock? “The people. We have so many friends playing the festival and at Communion who work behind the scenes and in particular, Maz Tappuni who works at Communion and runs the whole shindig is one of our closest friends and without him we wouldn’t be the band we are today. He put us forward for our first support tour supporting The Smoke Fairies and we’ve pretty much been on tour ever since. He also gave us a gig at Bushstock about four years ago just when we started out and it was a really awesome experience that helped us figure out what we were doing massively. Legend.”
It was a joy to see Bears Den glide effortlessly between reflective songs such as Sophie to grand, sonic-scapes, such as Love Can’t Stand Alone from the new album – Red Earth & Pouring Rain. We were treated to the premiere of Napoleon too.
Davie from the band explained what atmosphere they tried to capture when writing the songs for the new album: “More than ever we were driven by creating a mood on this record. We were heavily influenced by this idea of driving through the night. Whenever we wrote a part it was like ‘could you drive at night to that sound?’ – if the answer was yes it stayed and if it was no it didn’t.”
Bears Den  will be touring this year – if you can go and see them, they come highly recommended.

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