Brooklyn-based four piece Bear Hands announce the release of their anticipated sophomore album
Distraction on February 18, 2014 on Cantora Records. "Giants," the simultaneously whiplash-inducing and silkily-grooving debut single off Distraction,was released at the tail end of last year and quickly embraced at radio across the country with spins from tastemakers such as SiriusXM's AltNation, KKDO, KRBZ, KROX, WWCD, WBRU, WBUZ, WXXJ and WHFS.
This winter, Bear Hands will join forces with fellow Brooklynites Miniature Tigers for a co-headlining tour, with support from Total Slacker. The jaunt begins on February 27th at Rough Trade in Brooklyn and wraps up on March 20th at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Additionally, the band will play South By Southwest in Austin in support of Distraction, with specific showcases to be announced soon. Full tour dates are below.
With Distraction, Bear Hands have shrugged off the notion of second album jitters to create an expansive sound that grew over three long years and thousands of miles on the road. Produced by guitarist Ted Feldman and mixed by James Brown (Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters), Distraction is a violently self-assured record which sees the quartet of Dylan Rau, TJ Orscher, Val Loper and Feldman distilling their anxieties and pleasures alike into perfectly twisted pop nuggets.
After releasing their debut LP Burning Bush Supper Club, Bear Hands criss-crossed America opening for the legendary GZA, Passion Pit, and AWOLNATION only to return home to Brooklyn and be distracted by the minutia of modern life and shallow urbanity. While avoiding each other for months, the band frittered away its time with help from the internet, serial monogamy, and recreational drugs.
Fortunately, this distance allowed the band to approach Distraction with a revolutionary new perspective. Their minds expanding and hearts imploding, Bear Hands set about matching new songs to familiar soundscapes. From the propulsive, infectious rhythms of "Giants" and the angular, warped melodies of "Bone Digger" to the widescreen sweep of "Thought Wrong," Distraction demands your attention - calling out for love from behind a mask of ones and zeroes, cardboard and vinyl.
Bear Hands tour dates:
2/27 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY #
2/28 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA #
3/1 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA #
3/2 - The Cave - West Haven, CT #
3/4 - DC9 - Washington, DC #
3/5 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA #
3/6 - Savannah Stopover - Savannah, GA
3/7 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA #
3/8 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA #
3/9 - Limelight - San Antonio, TX %
3/17 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN #
3/18 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN #
3/19 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL #
3/20 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI #
# - w/ Miniature Tigers, Total Slacker
% - w/ Miniature Tigers, GRMLN, Total Slacker