Bear In Heaven, a trio of completely electrifying musicians out of Brooklyn, are bringing their dreamlike, ambient, totally cuss-worthy-because-it’s-so-awesome live show to SF at The Independent on April 8.
Gearing up for the release of their upcoming album, I Love You, It’s Cool, out April 3 and currently streaming in its entirety on NPR, the band is ready to let the lion (or bear, in this case) out of the cage and finally do justice to an album that explodes like a 4th of July fireworks display when brought to life in person.
The band is prepping the light show, packing their bags and getting ready to hit the road on an epic tour that will see them cross the country as well as hit the UK and Europe in May and June.
During their SXSW appearance last month Bear In Heaven played to packed rooms and excited fans. The new songs are already seeming like old time favorites.
For years, Bear in Heaven existed as a nights-and-weekends band, the sort of project that was more of a casual hobby than a career path.
After the release of their second album, 2010’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth, big things began to happen for the Brooklyn trio of Jon Philpot, Joe Stickney and Adam Wills, from the aforementioned accolades to an electrifying collection of remixes featuring some of electronic music’s heaviest hitters, like The Field and Studio. As if in a transatlantic dream, they even split a single with Norway’s Lindstrøm and Christabelle, who covered their calling card, “Lovesick Teenagers.”
But Bear in Heaven didn’t settle for the new well of notoriety they’d opened. Rather, they played some 200 shows in support of Beast Rest Forth Mouth – touring the world, playing progressively bigger rooms, building an intricate stage show that turned an album of songs into a synesthetic experience.
When it was over, they retrenched in Brooklyn and, during the dead of summer, retreated to a chilly practice space to work harder than they’d ever worked on any other project. They wrote, re-wrote, arranged, re-arranged, spending days or weeks building one song at a time. After months of testing their limits and trusting their instincts, Bear in Heaven emerged with I Love You It’s Cool, an album so vivid and visionary that it meets and even exceeds the confidence and calm its title suggests.
“We are a functioning band. We can work full-time on a record. We’re all focused on this one thing that we’re going to make, with no sidestepping,” Philpot said in a released statement. “Making this record has been one of the best times of my life.”
Upcoming US Tour Dates
3/31 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH *#
4/01 – The Luminary Center for the Arts – St. Louis, MO *#
4/04 – Casbah – San Diego, CA * ^
4/05 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA * ^
4/08 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA * ^
4/12 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR * ^
4/13 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA * ^
4/14 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC * ^
4/17 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN * ^
4/18 – Schubas – Chicago, IL * ^
4/20 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY * ^
4/21 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN * ^
4/22 – Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN * ^
4/24 – The Parish – Austin, TX * ^
4/25 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX * ^
4/26 – The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL * ^
4/27 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA * ^
4/28 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC * ^
4/29 – Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC * ^
5/01 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC * ^
5/02 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA * ^
5/03 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA * ^
5/04 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC* ^
5/05 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON * ^
5/06 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY * ^
5/08 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY * ^
5/09 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY * ^