:: The new single is finally here and I’m totally in love with it!
Elysium drops officially today (July 21, 2014) via Communion Records/Caroline International. You can buy the digital EP from iTunes or order your physical copy (10″ vinyl EP + mp3 download code) directly from the Bear’s Den Shop.
The single comes with an exceptional music video directed by the band’s friend and filmmaker James Marcus Haney and produced by Alex Gao (both also photography). Asked by the band to do the video for Elysium, Haney decided to film his younger brother with his friends celebrating end of term at Seattle Pacific University from June 5th to June 8th. During the making, a gunman opened fire in the middle of campus, injuring two and killing one student. The friends decided to finish the video in honour of the deceased Paul Lee.
On NPR, Haney said of the video: “Elysium’ became very personal to me very quickly. It made me think about my younger brothers and their transition from kids to adulthood. I wanted to document the actions and emotions of people at this age… I wanted to freeze the last remnants of youth still left in my brother… Soon after I arrived in Seattle, an armed man walked onto campus and shot four students. One of them died. That weekend, my brother and his friends wanted to finish the video, in honour of Paul (Lee, the victim of the gunman’s attack). The end result is a video that depicts real friends, real teenagers, experiencing something far too real.”
The Elysium release also features live versions of the previous Bear’s Den tracks Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away, Sophie and Isaac, recorded on May 13, 2014 at London’s Brixton Electric. The band has a string of US shows and festival dates coming up from next Friday. You can check out the dates below and listen to the live version of Sophie. The track can also be downloaded for free from the band’s website in return for your email.
02. Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away (Live At Brixton Electric, London, UK / 2014)
03. Sophie (Live At Brixton Electric, London, UK / 2014)
04. Isaac (Live At Brixton Electric, London, UK / 2014)
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 25 July 2014 // Newport, USA // Newport Folk Festival
Sun 27 July 2014 // Philadelphia, USA // XPoNential Fest
Tue 29 July 2014 // Washington, DC, USA // Black Cat
Thu 31 July 2014 // New York, USA // Bowery Ballroom
Fri 01 Aug 2014 // Pittsburgh, USA // Club Cafe
Sat 02 Aug 2014 // Toronto, Canada // Mod Club
Mon 04 Aug 2014 // Minneapolis, USA // Triple Rock
Wed 06 Aug 2014 // Boulder, USA // AAA Conf
Sat 09 Aug 2014 // Edmonton, Canada // Edmonton Folk Festival
More ‘Bear’s Den’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Oct 28 − New EP: Without/Within (2013/10/28) / New Song ‘Sophie’
2013, Oct 04 − Debut EP: Agape (2013/03/18) [Full Stream]