Bear Hands

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Bear Hands
Bear Hands performing in 2014
Bear Hands performing in 2014
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresExperimental rock, indie rock, post-punk
Years active2006–present
LabelsSpensive Sounds, Cantora, Warner Music, Freedom In Exile, Greedhead Music
MembersDylan Rau
Val Loper
TJ Orscher
Past membersTed Feldman

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.


Dylan Rau met Ted Feldman while the two attended Wesleyan University, and were later joined by Loper and Orscher through their previous bands (Sidekick 7 and In Pieces), who were involved in the local Connecticut ska and 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."[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.[6][7]

In 2019 they released the single "Blue Lips".

Bear Hands also has toured with Twenty One Pilots as the opening act for the Bandito Tour since May 12th, 2019, and is scheduled to continue to do so until June 30th, 2019.


Studio albums[edit]


  1. ^ Rebecca Raber (2010-11-24). "Bear Hands: Burning Bush Supper Club Album Review". Retrieved 2016-07-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Bear Hands «  Cantora". 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". Retrieved 2016-07-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "HEAR IT: MGMT Pals Bear Hands' Debut Album". 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2016-07-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Extra Mile concert brings Bear Hands to Mill Creek". 2014-09-22. Retrieved 2016-07-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ ]. "Bear Hands | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-04-19. Retrieved 2019-05-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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