Supported by Tusks, Bear’s Den performed in Glasgow’s Barrowlands, promoting new music and clearly heralding their back catalogue and some, as fans regaled seeing the lads up on stage, playing some of their most cherished tracks live. Not quite sure how this band got to being so big that the audience were singing their music back to them, often along with them, but it appears that this band have slipped by for some reason or another.
Bear’s Den’s, silver-selling debut, Islands earned them an Ivor Novello nomination in the UK and a loyal fanbase, many of which were quite clearly sardined in the Barrowlands tonight. In 2016’s their more expansive Red Earth & Pouring Rain went Top 10 across Europe. 2017 saw the band cap four, non-stop years on the road with massive headline shows, including a 7000-capacity arena in Belgium, and sold-out hometown shows at London’s iconic Brixton Academy and the Hammersmith Apollo. Two years later and they have packed out an iconic Glasgow venue, packing it to the rafters with fans that are quite clearly willing to sing their music with them.
Performing delicate and moving folk music, such as their new track Laurel Wreath and an acoustic, emotive version of Sophie, which sees the crowd add a bass by stomping their feet, the band were in to please their audience, and from what I can gather, they did. Fuel on the Fire, Isaac, Red Earth & Pouring Rain all received the desired reaction from the crowd, and more than hinted that this band are going nowhere soon. Despite not latching onto their music when first out, it’s clear that they create beautifully written folk-pop and obviously many have indeed latched on to this hard-working band. Not only that, there was a moment this night, where the band were clearly affected by the audience singing their music back to them.
Although it went down a storm with the crowd, there is still something sadly missing for me when it comes to this gig tonight, perhaps it’s the presence, the charismatic stage presence but there is no doubting they are hardworking and talented band, and if nothing else comes across, it’s quite obviously that.