While shooting the Bear’s Den show at the Kessler we met Trent and Michelle. The couple had traveled all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to catch one of their favorite bands play at this sold out show in Dallas.
MWN: Phoenix is a long way from Dallas. What makes this band worth the 1000+ mile drive?
T&R: It may sound trite but we what makes these guys special is just how outrageously talented they are. Davie and Kev are geniuses when it comes to writing lyrics and every single person on stage is an amazing musician. They tour with a full time drummer now but back when it was just three guys on stage Kev was often playing the drums and a banjo/guitar at the same time – he is incredible.
T&R: Davie is such a remarkable singer as well, the range of emotions he conveys with both his voice and facial expressions is astounding. Whether he’s remembering the sadness that led to a song like Sophie or smiling because the audience knows every word to Agape he is 100% genuine.
MWN: How did you hear about Bear’s Den and what drew you to their music?
T&R: We first learned of the band when they opened for Mumford & Sons during the Gentleman of the Road tour back in 2013. It was a two day festival and there were tons of bands that neither one of us had head so we started researching the artists. We stumbled across a live version of Above the Clouds of Pompeii and were completely blown away by Bear’s Den. The thing that drew us in so quickly was their live performances on YouTube. You can tell how completely genuine the band is. These aren’t songs carefully tailored for mass appeal and pop radio. They are soulful, heartfelt lyrics that are meant to be a catharsis as much as they are entertainment.
MWN: How would you describe their music to someone who’s never heard them before?
T&R: I suppose that if we had to sum them up in a few words it would be clear, crisp vocals, lots of acoustic guitar/banjo, soaring horns and deep, powerful drums.
MWN: What’s your favorite song?
T&R: Such a tough decision but if we had to pick it would be Magdalene for Trent and Sahara for Richelle. One of the things that make Davie and Kev such great writers is how smart they are. If you really dig down into the lyrics there is so much depth to them.
MWN: You said this was your 14th time seeing them play. What makes you keep coming back?
T&R: We don’t know the band personally but their obvious sincerity, genuineness and absolute gratitude for the fans. We can tell they are having the time of their life every time they are on stage and that makes seeing them live such a gratifying experience. This band really resonates with people. If the guys in the band end up reading this all we can say is thank you! Please keep making music because it means more to your fans than you can know. Also a quick shout out to Bennie Curnow their amazing tour manager! I’m sure the lads would say they couldn’t do it without him.
Interview and Photos By: Jillian Schantz Patrick | @the_ebb_and_the_flow