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  • Audio CD (11 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Bear Hands excel at crafting songs that chug manically under a cloud of reverb or coax wallflowers out onto the dancefloor with an infectious marriage of musical precision and experimental messiness." - Pitchfork

“New album ‘Distraction’ is worth another listen; its songs are irrepressibly vigorous.” – The Independent

Freshly reinvigorated Brooklyn quartet Bear Hands are set for a major boost in their profile this summer when they release their new album Distraction – their first under a new deal with Warner Bros. Records – in the UK on August 11th.

Entirely self-funded by the band and produced by guitarist Ted Feldman, Distraction is a collection in which the band’s love of pop hooks is filtered cohesively through an eclectic collection of genre elements ranging from psychedelic to punk. ‘Giants’ is perhaps the track that best encapsulates everything that makes Bear Hands special as it flows from a manic verse full of hollered stream-of-consciousness lyrics into an infectious chorus.

Elsewhere, the recent set-up singles ‘Agora’ (soaring, upbeat post-punk which addresses vocalist/guitarist Dylan Rau’s experiences with agoraphobia) and ‘Peacekeeper’ (driving rhythms which devolve into something altogether more reflective) demonstrate distinctly different strands of the Bear Hand sound. Faltering romance is a recurring theme throughout the album. ‘Thought Wrong’ is based upon a time when two of the band were involved in intense break-ups, while ‘Vile Iowa’ reflects Rau’s experiences visiting his ex-girlfriend’s conservative, teetotal Mormon family.

Bear Hands – Rau and Feldman, together with bassist Val Loper and drummer TJ Orscher – initially signed to indie label Cantora Records and released their debut album ‘Burning Bush Supper Club’ in 2010, but their initial progress faltered due to legal complications and daily distractions – hence the album title, inspired by Jonathan Lethem’s novel ‘Chronic City’.

Frustrated by the delay, Bear Hands opted to forge ahead on a new album themselves. They transformed Feldman’s parents’ house into a makeshift studio for a week so they could record drums and basic tracks, and then added vocals and overdubs at their friend Yale Yng-Wong’s studio, Doctor Wu’s, in Brooklyn. Subsequent mixing was completed by James Brown (Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters).

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Very very good - much more edge than some of their contemporaries such as Vampire Weekend etc. Very very good album :-) Best played at high volume in the car with the windows/roof down :-)
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HASH(0x8afa60e4) out of 5 stars Don't hesistate to buy this! 25 Jun. 2014
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
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I recognized their popular songs(Agora, Giants, and Bone Digger) on this album and decided to buy it and because I loved the bands sound, best thing I have ever done. All of the songs are great with nice beats and some of them even outshine the three that are popular in my book such as(Party Hats, Moment of Silence, and my favorite Bad Friend). If you are a fan of the three I listed then buy this album because all of the songs are wonderful and chill. This album has been on repeat for the past four days and is still rocking. The more you hesitate the more time you are losing to listen to this wonderful album!!
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HASH(0x8afa6138) out of 5 stars Belated but welcome return, and even better in concert 17 July 2014
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I recently saw Bear Hands in concert (more on that later). If you're not familiar with this band, Bear Hands is an indie-band from Brooklyn, and their sounds reminds me of White Rabbits, among others. Bear Hands issued a promising debut album in 2010 called "Burning Bush Supper Club". Now finally comes the band's second album.

"Distraction" (11 tracks; 36 min.) starts with a tentative "Moment of Silence", with singer-songwriter's Dylan Rau's lead vocals heavily distorted (on purpose obviously). "Giants" explodes like a rocket in the night. Things slow down on "Vile Iowa" (Iowa is vile? who knew?). All but one of the songs on here clock in around 3 min. and most of them make their musical point and then move on. Love that energy. The second half of the album opens with "The Bug", reminding me of XTC 30 years ago for some reason. One of the album's best tracks is "Peacekeeper", with heavy guitar riffs and crashes, beautiful! The album closes with "Thought Wrong", a super-slow, introspective tune that frankly sounds a bit out of place as compared with the rest of the album. But it's a minor quibble. Bottom line: this is a belated but very welcome return from Bear Hands!

I saw Bear Hands in concert just this past weekend at the Bunbury Music Festival here in Cincinnati. They played an early evening set that had been delayed due to a thunderstorm passing through. Rau & Co. didn't care one bit, as they gave their all and the appreciative crowd ate it up. They played mostly from the new album, and truth be told, live these songs sound much heavier than on the studio version. If you have a chance to see these guys in concert, do not miss them! Meanwhile, "Distraction" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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HASH(0x8b89a1cc) out of 5 stars Distraction Review 21 Feb. 2014
By Elizabeth M. Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this is an awesome Bear Hands album. I've been listening to them since I their Golden EP was released. I am really proud of them, and think that they deserve the kind of recognition that they're finally getting. I think this is a wonderful album to have following "Burning Bush Supper Club". There are a couple of songs in the middle of the album which I'm not particularly crazy about, but the beginning and end of the album are really strong and have excellent flow. Great album, lots of great singles and definitely worth checking out!
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HASH(0x8bb881d4) out of 5 stars Great Band 29 Nov. 2014
By mb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I found this band purely by chance (Dylan Rau's father is my doctor). I scoped them out on the net, listened to them on u tube and I was hooked. I love Distraction. My favorite song is Giants but there is not a bad song on the CD.

Do not hesitate to buy this CD. I think the music transcends generations. I am in my mid 50's and love it!!!!!
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HASH(0x8afa6600) out of 5 stars Awesome band saw them when they opened up for Andrew ... 10 May 2015
By Jack Christy - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome band saw them when they opened up for Andrew Mcmahon and went home and bought their CD. Love it.
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