Bear Hands Stay Local to Play The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

October 6th, 2014

The Brooklyn quartet Bear Hands—Ted Feldman (guitar), Val Loper (bass), Dylan Rau (vocals and guitar) and TJ Orscher (drums)—got started when Feldman and Rau met in college. The duo then paired up with Loper and Orscher, who had been involved in hardcore-punk bands, and they suddenly had a post-punk experimental sound. Their first EP, Golden (stream it below), came out in 2007 and Bear Hands (above, playing “Giants” for KEXP FM) eventually got a plum gig opening for MGMT. (Rau had attended Wesleyan with that band’s Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser.) A proper LP, Burning Bush Supper Club (stream it below), came out in 2010, and even the noted cynics at Pitchfork were impressed: “Bear Hands excel at crafting songs that chug manically under a cloud of reverb or coax wallflowers out onto the dance floor with an infectious marriage of musical precision and experimental messiness.” The four-piece returned earlier this year with their sophomore LP, Distractions (stream it below). “By giving up some their raucous, more punk-inspired roots, Bear Hands have collectively grown as both songwriters and shapers of sounds,” said Consequence of Sound before declaring an “undying punk ethos still shines thanks to their insatiable sense of curiosity and utter creative fearlessness.” See them play The Bowery Ballroom tonight. Local quintet Ski Lodge open the show.