Bear Hands Return With First New Music In Five Years

Post-punk electro band Bear Hands are back!

The band have shared their single “Intrusive Thoughts,” their first new music in five years. The song was recorded at a small home studio in Cherry Hill, NJ and produced by Elliott Kozel, Alex M, and the band.

“‘Intrusive Thoughts’ is the song that’s playing in my head all day and I can’t get it out. Not that I really want to,” says singer/songwriter Dylan Rau. Well sometimes I do when I’m trying to do basic math or pick a restaurant to eat at with my girlfriend. I think I wrote it about being bored of everything and feeling dissatisfied with everyone and everything around me. Not that I’m super misanthropic in general but this song might make you that way if you get it stuck in your head so watch out.”

Speaking about the song’s accompanying video he says “The video was deeply influenced by a motivational speaker/drummer who toured all the elementary schools in my home state with a massive 30+ piece drum kit and chintzy light show. He loved drums, hated drugs, and was easily identified as a crazed megalomaniac by at least one naive fifth grader (me). I think I remember him saying he could be touring with Bowie if he wanted but that it was more important to educate the youth. Ha!”

Watch the video below.

Additionally, this year marks the tenth anniversary of Bear Hands’ second album, Distraction. To celebrate, the band have announced the “Distraction 10” fall North American tour. The trek starts on October 27th in Hartford, Connecticut, and wraps up on November 16th in Seattle, Washington. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7th at 10 AM local time.

Bear Hands tour dates:

10/27 – New Park – West Hartford, CT
10/29 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
10/30 – Union Stage – Washington, DC
11/1 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
11/2 – Middle East – Cambridge, MA
11/4 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
11/5 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
11/6 – Outset – Chicago, IL
11/7 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN
11/9 – Meow Wolf – Denver, CO
11/11 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11/12 – Teragram – Los Angeles, CA
11/13 – Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA
11/15 – Alladin Theatre – Portland, OR
11/16 – Neumos – Seattle, WA

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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