HUNTER & THE BEAR are back with a brand new single: “Digital Light”, the first new music to emerge from the British alt-rockers since 2018.
Released today (20 March), the single has stormed into the #1 position in the iTunes Rock Chart.
Pumped up and on pulverising form, “Digital Light” is an incendiary tour-de-force from a band whose big ambitions and radiant confidence in their new material couldn’t be more apparent. A clash of white-hot guitar lines, crunching power chords and addictive choruses propelled by Will Irvine’s yearning vocals, the track was recorded in Cardiff with producer maestro Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic, Funeral For A Friend).
A song about the loose connections in friendships made in the digital age, “Digital Light” questions whether technology is inhibiting the relationships we form with those closest to us and assesses the impact it may be having on our mental health. As frontman Will Irvine explains:
“I wrote it after a night with some mates I hadn’t seen for a while. There was a lot of time spent staring at phones and hardly any catching up done. If it wasn’t phones it was the obnoxiously bright TV in the corner of the pub. I guess I was frustrated that we’re all addicted to this stuff without even knowing it. It gets in the way of real relationships and makes us blind to things we need like love and human contact along with boosting anxiety and mental health problems, especially in our younger generation.”
“Digital Light” is out on Friday 20th March 2020, and promises to be the first of many new recordings made with Grammy-nominated producer: Romesh Dodangoda planned for release this year.
Hunter & The Bear were due to embark on their first UK-wide tour since May 2019, from 24th March to 3rd April 2020. These shows have now been rescheduled to September 2020 in wake of the Covid-19 crisis. In a joint statement, the band said:
“Due to the ongoing and ever changing health situation in the UK and as per government advice the decision has been made to postpone our tour due to start next week. We are gutted to not be playing these shows as we were so excited to show you what we’ve been working on. But the safety of everyone participating from you guys through to our crew and venue staff is paramount. We have been busy working behind the scenes to reschedule all dates for this September. We want to thank everyone who pre-bought tickets. Your continued support is truly humbling. Stay safe and see you all soon, Love Will, Gareth, Chris, and John”
The rescheduled live dates are as follows:
HUNTER & THE BEAR – 2020 UK TOUR DATES
15 SEPT Glasgow King Tuts
16 SEPT Glasgow King Tuts
17 SEPT Edinburgh Mash House
18 SEPT Inverness Ironworks
20 SEPT Perth, Inchyra Arts Club
21 SEPT Manchester YES (Pink Room)
22 SEPT London Oslo
23 SEPT Exeter The Cavern
24 SEPT Birmingham Castle & Falcon
*w/ support from Stranded Astronaut
With their debut release ‘Paper Heart’ in 2017, Hunter & The Bear scored a no. 7 chart position in the iTunes Rock Chart. Since then, the boys have racked up numerous sold out UK shows under their collective belt including gigs at the Scala in London, Gorilla in Manchester and The Garage in Glasgow; as well as playing slots at major festivals such as Reading & Leeds, TRNSMT and The Great Escape.
Taking the first half of 2019 to write and record new material with Grammy nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda they are now busy preparing for a highly anticipated second release, with strident new single ‘Digital Light’ our first glimpse into the exciting new chapter that lies ahead.