Bear Hands

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Bear Hands
Bear Hands 2014.jpg
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Experimental rock, indie rock, post-punk
Years active 2006–present
Labels Spensive Sounds, Cantora, Warner Music, Freedom In Exile, Greedhead Music
Website www.bearhandsband.com
Members Dylan Rau
Val Loper
Ted Feldman
TJ Orscher

Bear Hands is an American post-punk and indie rock band, consisting of Dylan Rau (vocals and guitar), Val Loper (bass), Ted Feldman (guitar), and TJ Orscher (drums). Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, United States, and formed in 2006, the band signed with Cantora Records in 2010 upon the release of its single, "What a Drag".[1]

After releasing their debut LP Burning Bush Supper Club in 2010, Bear Hands toured as the opening act for Passion Pit, Gza, and We Were Promised Jetpacks.[2] Their single "Giants" became a top-ten hit on the Alternative Songs chart in mid-2014.

History[edit]

Dylan Rau met Ted Feldman while the two attended Wesleyan University, and were later joined by Loper and Orscher through their previous bands, who were involved in the local Connecticut hardcore punk scene.[3][4]

During an interview at SXSW 2010, Orscher was quoted saying "Dylan had some material he wanted to put with a band, and a project Val and I were working on for the last half decade just ended. He said he knew the perfect guitarist and when we met up and played for the first time, as cliche as it may be, everything just clicked. We started writing material together, fleshing songs out and started playing some local shows around NYC. We fight like brothers and love like mothers. The rest is magic."[5]

A few months after forming, the band released their first EP, Golden, and became a "New York buzz band" due to popular blog features. Three years later, the group released their 11-track album, Burning Bush Supper Club. Rau had been classmates with MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser at Wesleyan, leading to Bear Hands appearing as their opening act at two on-campus shows.[6][7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rebecca Raber (2010-11-24). "Bear Hands: Burning Bush Supper Club Album Review". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Bear Hands «  Cantora". Cantora.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  3. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2008-07-19. 
  4. ^ Rebecca Nicholson (May 15, 2014). "Bear Hands: 'It's like a weirdo, twisted marriage'", The Guardian. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "AOL Radio Stations | Free Internet Radio | AOL Radio". Spinner.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  6. ^ "HEAR IT: MGMT Pals Bear Hands' Debut Album". Spin.com. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Extra Mile concert brings Bear Hands to Mill Creek". Postcrescent.com. 2014-09-22. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  8. ^ ]. "Bear Hands | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 

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