BOY & BEAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘LIMIT OF LOVE’ WITH THE RELEASE OF FIRST SINGLE ‘WALK THE WIRE’
‘LIMIT OF LOVE’ ALBUM RECORDED WITH RENOWNED PRODUCER ETHAN JOHNS WILL BE RELEASED OCTOBER 9th – PREORDER TODAY
‘WALK THE WIRE’ SINGLE – OUT NOW
With its live premiere at this year’s Splendour In The Grass Festival, Boy & Bear have released ‘Walk the Wire’ the first single from their third studio album Limit of Love. The follow-up to their #1 ARIA Album and platinum-selling Harlequin Dream, Limit of Love is released Friday October 9th through Universal Music Australia.
Limit of Love is available to pre-order today on CD, Digital Download and Limited Edition Vinyl. Fans can also pre-order exclusive limited edition album bundles on the Boy & Bear Store here. Those who pre-order the digital album on iTunes and album bundles on the Boy & Bear Store will receive an instant download ‘Walk the Wire’.
Following a massive touring schedule in 2014 – 170 shows across three continents – Boy & Bear decided to take the momentum they gathered on the road directly into the studio teaming up with renowned producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs) at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio. Their intention, to cut a record the old fashion way – live in the studio, straight to tape, with virtually no overdubs.
WATCH THE MAKING OF ‘LIMIT OF LOVE’ VIDEO HERE
“I was shitting myself,” laughs frontman Dave Hosking, who took on the almost-unheard-of challenge of recording his vocals live with the band. “But it’s funny you know, what made it less intimidating was having someone like Ethan there, who is such an advocate for it. He put it on the table at our first meeting, that he’d be very keen to at least try going for it as a first approach. When we left the meeting we felt pretty good about it. We were up for the challenge.”
The challenge paid off as seen with lead single ‘Walk the Wire’. Fuelled by a gritty guitar and synth groove, and buoyed by the honest, organic production style employed by Johns, the song is a bold new statement of intent.
Another first for Boy & Bear with Limit of Love was to write as a collective. With the demands of the previous year’s touring Hosking – usually the band’s main songwriter – hadn’t had time to craft fully fledged songs. Most of the writing for Limit of Love took place through the first half of 2015, including some particularly focused sessions on the N.S.W. South Coast. It was here, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jon Hart and Dave Symes with Hosking, for the first time collaborated on a number of songs including ‘Walk the Wire’.
“From my end, that new writing method is quite liberating and exciting,” says Hosking. “It means I can still do what I love – sit in my living room and pick up a guitar and sort of purge, plus there’s now double the amount of songs coming in from the band, so we’re drawing from a wider pool.”
Making waves in the Australian music scene since forming in 2009, Boy & Bear’s debut album Moonfire (2011) reached double platinum sales, won 5 five ARIA Awards and saw 3 songs enter Triple J’s Hottest 100. Their sophomore album Harlequin Dream, released in 2013, debuted #1 on the ARIA Album Chart achieved 10 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 and was nominated for 3 ARIA Awards for that year. Internationally, Boy & Bear saw huge success in North America with single ‘Southern Sun’ (Harlequin Dream) reaching Top 5 on the Triple A Top 30 Chart for five consecutive weeks and USA Today naming the band one of “5 Australian Acts You Need To Know Now”.
‘Limit of Love’ is a recording that is less about fine-tuning everything to the nth-degree, and more about capturing a band at the height of their powers in an honest, organic way. It’s an approach most modern bands would be too scared to try, but for Boy & Bear, that leap of faith has proven to be a masterstroke.
TRACKLISTING OF “LIMIT OF LOVE”
1. Limit of Love
2. Walk the Wire
3. Where’d You Go
4. Hollow Ground
5. Breakdown Slow
7. A Thousand Faces
8. Man Alone
9. Ghost 11
10. Just Dumb
11. Fox Hole
LEAD SINGLE ‘WALK THE WIRE’ OUT NOW
BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘LIMIT OF LOVE’ RELEASED OCTOBER 9th – PRE-ORDER HERE
‘LIMIT OF LOVE’ ALBUM BUNDLES AVAILABLE ON BOY & BEAR STORE – PRE-ORDER HERE
Including exclusive limited edition 180gm Clear Vinyl and limited edition 140gm White Vinyl
iTunes pre-orders will receive new single “Walk the Wire” instantly
BOY & BEAR AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2015!
Splendour In The Grass announced yet another incredible line up for its 2015 festival in Byron Bay. Boy & Bear are excited to join the long list of talented local and international acts playing this year at their second festival appearance for 2015. You can catch them live on Saturday July 25! Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 23 at 9am EST from Moshtix.
Boy & Bear Added to Bluesfest Lineup
Boy & Bear have just been announced as part of the Bluesfest lineup! The annual festival will take place over the Easter long weekend, starting April 2nd in Byron Bay. All event information and tickets can be found here.
Happy New Year
Boy & Bear have enjoyed a very busy and rewarding 2014, touring the globe three times over and achieving international chart success!
They closed off 2014 with a bang, performing on home soil at Lost Paradise in NSW.
To commemorate their biggest year of touring yet, the band have released a poster listing EVERY show played since the release of their sophomore album Harlequin Dream. Get your hands on a copy here.
The band are now taking a well-deserved break and will soon focus their efforts on creating new music for you all to enjoy! Make sure you’re following them on Facebook to find out all the latest news as it happens.
Boy & Bear UK/EU Tour
Boy & Bear are currently on their final UK/EU tour for 2014! They’ve got their biggest UK show to date at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday November 14, as well as a show at O2 Academy Oxford on Sunday November 16. Shows in Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin and Cardiff have all sold out so make sure you grab your tickets to their remaining shows now! Here’s a video from the last time they passed through Europe!