Bear’s Den reveal the video for Auld Wives, the first single to be taken from the London group’s upcoming second album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain, released 22nd July on Communion / Caroline Australia.
The video for Auld Wives has been directed by the highly acclaimed theatre and film director Sam Yates. Yates makes his music video directorial debut in the clip, which stars the actor Joseph Marcell (best known for his role as Geoffrey the English butler in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air). Marcell and Yates previously worked together at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where the actor played the title roll in the Yates-directed Shakespeare’s Globe production of Cymbeline.
Says Yates of the video, “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Davie and Kev on Auld Wives. The film centres on a child witnessing an older man losing his mind, led by a mysterious woman back into a room containing all his memories. Visually we play with urban and rural spaces in the same way the band are playing with opposing musical styles in their second, hugely exciting album.
I am thrilled that at the centre of the film is the great Joseph Marcell, who delivers a performance of depth and detail.”
Red Earth & Pouring Rain is the follow up to Bear’s Den’s Ivor Novello-nominated 2014 debut, Islands. The album sees a group poised to take huge leaps forward, with full UK and European tour dates also announced including their biggest headliner to date, atBrixton Academy on Tuesday 8th November. Ahead of this, the group will give a lucky handful of fans an early preview of the album when they headline the St Stephens Church stage at Bushstock Festival (www.bushstock.co.uk) on 18th June, ahead of a major slot atGlastonbury (Other Stage) and further festival sets at T In The Park and Latitude later in the summer.
Red Earth & Pouring Rain was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales with the band’s long term producer Ian Grimble, in sessions following a six week European and UK tour that had culminated in an ecstatically received sold-out show at The Roundhouse last October. This capped a year’s campaigning for Islands that saw the group take their evocative, passionate music to audiences across the UK, Europe, America, and Canada as well as scoring premiere slots at festivals all over the world includingLollapalooza (US), Glastonbury (UK), Bonnaroo (US) and Squamish (CAN) and racking up legions of fans in the process. Following the amicable departure of guitarist Joey Haynes, Bear’s Den now comprises a six piece touring unit built around a nucleus of singer-guitarist Andrew Davie and multi-instrumentalist Kev Jones. And it’s how all of their experiences – personal and as a band, both the ups and the downs – have affected them that informs their extraordinary second album. Inspired by – among other things – the paintings of Edward Hopper, the novels ofRaymond Carver and film director Robert Altman’s Short Cuts – Red Earth & Pouring Rain is both erudite and intensely personal, defying trends and easy labeling. Musically, it also sees a startling progression. Because while the band’s folk roots are still evident, they now come cloaked in the lush alchemy of ‘70’s and ‘80’s FM rock: Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and in particular, the nocturnal ambience of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town. More contemporary influence, meanwhile, comes from artists including The National and Sufjan Stevens. Brutally honest, brilliantly realised and spiritually uplifting, Red Earth & Pouring Rain is a masterful album from a band confident enough leave their past in the rear view mirror.