For a band so steeped in classic songwriting, Bear’s Den were never going to approach their debut album lightly.
And so it proved. The group analysed their career with some caution, releasing a flurry of EPs, little self-contained documents as an introduction to their world.
Heading to the studio earlier this year with long term producer Ian Grimble, ‘Islands’ is a rich, expressive document. Lyrically, huge care and attention has been paid to each word, with Bear’s Den seemingly able to construct an entire living, breathing universe with just a rhyming couplet.
Lead singer – and songwriter – Davie explains that he views each track as being like a mini-novel in its own right. “I’ve always been interested in the way Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway leave room for interpretation,” he says. “It allows the listener to have their own individual relationship with the songs.”
‘Islands’ is an imposing introduction. With that in mind, Clash is able to premiere snippets of fresh material, much of it unheard.
Alongside this, Davie has pieced together a track by track guide to the forthcoming album.