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(Holiday!) Video of the Moment #670: Bear Driver

 
By on Friday, 23rd December 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Leeds band Bear Driver have released the video for ‘Let the Cold’, a wistful look at the longer, more carefree days of summer. Seems pretty fitting in the dead of winter: they went to Coney Island in New York City for the day, which of course is deserted in winter. ‘Let the Cold’ will be the other A to the double-A sided single the band will be releasing with ‘Never Never’ (previous Video of the Moment here).

Even if it is not warm where you find yourself this holiday season, we hope you can, at least, wrap yourselves with the warmth of love from your friends and family you hold dear. Us writers will be taking a well-deserved break until Tuesday, the 3rd of January 2012. So until then, happy holidays and have a wonderful start to the new year. And best wishes from everyone here at TGTF!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUovCKSJUos[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #650: Bear Driver

 
By on Thursday, 8th December 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Last month we posted Bear Driver‘s song ‘Never Never’ as an MP3 of the Day feature because the band wanted to give it away for free. Now the Leeds band have released the video to accompany the song. Watch the trippy video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw5XxOouLGs[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #446: Bear Driver

 
By on Thursday, 24th November 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Leeds band Bear Driver is offering up their track ‘Never Never’, a taster from their new album due out sometime next year, absolutely free for download. Listen to and snag it for yourself below.

 

(Holiday) Video of the Moment #366: Bear Driver

 
By on Wednesday, 15th December 2010 at 10:00 am
 

Here is a holiday-themed offering from a Leeds band. It was the sweetest thing to get this message in my email: “I just thought I’d give you a wintery update from the cold cold homes of Bear Driver, where we bears have been busily recording a festive song to warm frost-bit ears.”

Can I get a big “awwww!”

So here’s more explanation: Bear Driver decided to cover ‘Walking in the Air’, a song from the film ‘The Snowman’. What’s especially cool about the video is that it was filmed by Norwegian artist Frode Sten Jacobsen, whose marvellous stop-motion film featuring snow, Norway and kids in jumpsuits warmed the hearts of those in the band. And it’s sure to warm your heart as well.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_RBcr-txjI[/youtube]

You can hear the track by heading on over to the band’s blog.

 

Single Review: Bear Driver – Wolves/Long Lost Giants

 
By on Tuesday, 25th May 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Bear Driver are a sextet hailing from London come Leeds, who claim to cook up a riveting folk psychedelic recipe. Sounds like my kinda thing. I’m excited.

So let’s listen to the A side. ‘Wolves’ is a sunshine slice of sound (alliteration attack) bubbling over with golden indie riffs which are backed by unrelenting fizzy pop drums. The question-answer vocals amid the verse – “There are wolves in the underground calling!” “SAY WHAT!?” – add an injection of youth while the floaty harmonies provide a backing of forest-like majesty, complimenting the animalistic title. Hey, while this track is not exactly living up to what I was hoping for in terms of Animal Collective insanity, it’s still super, Operation Please-ish fun.

B-Side (yay – bring back the B-Side!) ‘Long Lost Giants’ finally confirms the fact this band do, after all, deserve to be bestowed the genre of ‘psychedelic’. This number sees the trackings sound intriguingly out of sync, but this only adds to the brilliance of this surrealistic hit. It’s a dawning of swimming and swirling sounds provided by lush harmonies, folky ukuleles and even some Revolver Beatle-esque reversal. I actually prefer the B side to the contrastingly commercial, radio-darn catchy-ready A side that is ‘Wolves’.

So, an interesting double-sided single we have here, which I have ultimately, come out very impressed with. The A side is an energetic indie number which would please Bombay Bicyclers across the country, while the B side will satisy the rest of you psych-seekers.

Enjoy another Bear Driver track below:

MP3: Bear Driver – A Thousand Samurais
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/201005/AThousandSamurais.mp3]

 
 
 

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