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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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love every song

I usually dont write reviews but It's rare to find an album /cd that all the songs are great I got a humerous kick out of the lyrics. love this and will make this my musical buzz word of the month


I fell in love with BBSC as soon as I heard it, and this album is no different. Really great music, Dylan's vocals as well as the instrumentals are even better on Distraction. From hearing Giants and Agora as singles I knew the rest would just be killer. It gives me chills. Thank you so much for your work guys.

My copy on vinyl should be coming in the mail any day now :)

Incredible as always

You can stream the album online before you buy it, but seriously every bear hands album is worth it.


Formed: 2006 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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