11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their second album, Distraction, Brooklyn’s Bear Hands expand their sound with smart ideas and witty tracks that have received rave reviews from a number of serious alternative music publications and websites. Produced by guitarist Ted Feldman and mixed by James Brown (Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys), Distraction goes a long way toward turning the band’s jittery style into a therapeutic, cathartic workout that can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys energetic, tuneful alternative rock. “Bone Digger” rattles the walls with its demanding beats, poking keyboards, and strategically called-upon electric and bass guitars, while frontman Dylan Rau’s sonically manipulated vocals turn from in-command to a bundle of nerves in “Agora,” the most unlikely song about the life-altering phobia of the outside world. He whispers with a Prince-like affection on “Vile Iowa,” a song that (like many of the album’s best tracks) says its piece in less than three minutes. Songs like “Peacekeeper” and “Sleeping on the Floor” sound like Bear Hands’ greatest goal is to melt the dance floor into the roots of Britpop until all is fair in love and music. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their second album, Distraction, Brooklyn’s Bear Hands expand their sound with smart ideas and witty tracks that have received rave reviews from a number of serious alternative music publications and websites. Produced by guitarist Ted Feldman and mixed by James Brown (Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys), Distraction goes a long way toward turning the band’s jittery style into a therapeutic, cathartic workout that can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys energetic, tuneful alternative rock. “Bone Digger” rattles the walls with its demanding beats, poking keyboards, and strategically called-upon electric and bass guitars, while frontman Dylan Rau’s sonically manipulated vocals turn from in-command to a bundle of nerves in “Agora,” the most unlikely song about the life-altering phobia of the outside world. He whispers with a Prince-like affection on “Vile Iowa,” a song that (like many of the album’s best tracks) says its piece in less than three minutes. Songs like “Peacekeeper” and “Sleeping on the Floor” sound like Bear Hands’ greatest goal is to melt the dance floor into the roots of Britpop until all is fair in love and music. 

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

151 Ratings

Great album!

Abethatpays,

Bear Hands are some talented human beings. making songs I can daydream to and most of them I can relate to. Been streaming this album for days. It's 3am Feb. 18th.... Finally I can download it. :) Thank you Bear Hands! More please.

Dat album

Muckcityjustin,

Gave it many listens on stream. Now I can't stop listening! Stoked on this can't wait to see it live.

About Bear Hands

Wesleyan graduate Dylan Rau started indie electro quartet Bear Hands during an especially tumultuous time in his love life. Interpersonal drama and changing romantic tides served as his inspiration for writing dozens of new songs. Needing an outlet to unleash this creative fury, Rau called on his school friend Ted Feldman and fellow Brooklyn musicians Val Loper and T.J. Orscher to bring the band to life. Their first release came in the form of 2007's Golden EP, which quickly gained them attention both locally and nationally. Lots of touring ensued, including opening spots for like-minded larger acts like Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, MGMT, and Mayer Hawthorne. More small-scale releases followed, as did international touring that included Brazilian dates with Chairlift.

In 2010, Bear Hands released their debut full-length, Burning Bush Supper Club, followed by more singles and the 2012 EP Songs from Utopia, Vol. 1. Their second album, 2014's Distraction, yielded a surprise Top Ten hit on Billboard's Alternative charts with lead single "Giants." Their increased exposure landed them slots at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, as well as their first network TV appearance on Conan. For their follow-up, 2016's You'll Pay for This, Bear Hands launched their own label Spensive Sounds. ~ Fred Thomas

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