Single Review: Boy & Bear – Walk the Wire

By on Wednesday, 30th September 2015 at 12:00 pm

Words by Steven Loftin

Chances are Australian band Boy & Bear have escaped your radar, but their 2013 hit ‘Southern Sun’ hasn’t. It’s one of those tracks that to hear the name you would immediately take no recollection to hearing, but then you hear the chorus and it rushes back. That is what we have here with this leading single for the Australian band’s upcoming album ‘Limit of Love’, out at the end of October. ’Walk the Wire’ is a track so catchy and filled with melody, you’d be hard pressed to escape it even after half a listen.

We find the band at a new creative stage that has opened them into a new realm of possibilities. Boy & Bear comprises frontman/guitarist David Hosking, with Killian Gavin on backing vocals and guitar, Timothy Hart on drums, David Symes on bass and Jonathan Hart on everything else. Instead of having Hosking taking the reins, the band now write collaboratively. They’ve also teamed up with production extraordinaire Ethan Johns, who has most famously worked with Kings of Leon and Ryan Adams amongst others. This new creative outlet, coupled with Johns’ ear for sonic gold, can only mean big things for this band who are often overlooked outside of Australia and America.

‘Walk the Wire’ is as calming as it is inviting: there’s not a spot of pretentiousness. Everything has been calculated to give you the best listen possible, so it may be considered by some to be playing it safe. But then again, don’t we need the occasional easy listen?

There is no doubt that this band can write seriously good songs that have all the best features of great pop songs, whilst sticking true to the more conventional aspects of alternative music, such as heartfelt lyrics that strike true to even the toughest of hearts. Synthesisers are also utilised to really exaggerate what is already a satisfying chorus.

Ending with the words “’cause you’re dancing on the wire”, there hasn’t been a truer statement. If you aren’t at least tapping your feet, you’ll definitely be dancing on this wire. An honourable mention also goes to the promotional video they released for this new single. Featuring maniacal CGI versions of the band and green screen extras with some of the finest senses of humour known to man, it’s the perfect companion to this track, with the band showing they don’t take themselves too seriously.


Boy & Bear’s single ‘Walk the Wire’ single is out now on Nettwork Records. The band’s third album ‘Limit of Love’ drops the 30th of October.


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