Out of sadness can come something that’s beautiful for Bear’s Den

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Sometimes something quite affecting can emerge from an unexpected and tragic source.

For their new single Elysium, rising folk-rock act Bear’s Den entrusted director Marcus Haney to shoot the video.

Marcus had the idea of filming his brother in the final days of his university career. Speaking to NPR Radio he describes what unfolded: ‘Soon after I arrived in Seattle, an armed man walked on to campus and shot four students.

‘One of them died. That weekend, my brother and his friends wanted to finish the video, in honour of Paul (Lee, victim of the attack).

‘The end result is a video that depicts real friends, real teenagers, experiencing something far too real.’

The band’s Kevin Jones explains the video’s impact: ‘It’s so strange how that all happened. Initially it was supposed to be about director Marcus’s brother and his last days at university – I think the lyrics resonated with him, and he wanted to shoot his own brother doing whatever he was doing, but then this whole other element happened and it fits the song even more profoundly.

‘It’s very sad and strange but Marcus made something very beautiful out of it.’

Since releasing debut album Islands last October, things have been going well for the London-based trio. They’ve played numerous festivals, been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award and are now playing a largely sold-out tour which culminates in gigs at The Wedgewood Rooms on Monday and The Roundhouse in London the following night.

‘To be selling out The Roundhouse and venues like that has exceeded our expectations of what we’re in for,’ says Kevin. ‘But it doesn’t seem like a surprise in the respect that we’ve been working hard for a long time, so it’s nice to see the results of that.’

And this tour might be your last chance to catch the band, which also includes fellow multi-instrumentalists Andrew Davie and Joey Haynes, live for a while.

I suspect this will probably the last tour for a short amount of time and we’re starting to have a little think about the next album, so we might disappear for a while to do some writing

Kevin Jones of Bear’s Den

‘I suspect this will probably the last tour for a short amount of time and we’re starting to have a little think about the next album, so we might disappear for a while to do some writing.’

Doors 8pm. Tickets £14. Call (023) 9286 3911 to check for availability.

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