IT’S been a few weeks Aussie five-piece Boy & Bear released their third studio album, Limit of Love. After an impressively busy touring schedule in 2014 that saw Boy & Bear play 170 shows across three continents, the boys have decided it’s time to hit the road again. They’ve just announced their Limit Of Love album tour. Kicking off at Odeon Theatre in Tasmania on 22 January, the tour will move through to Festival Hall, North Melbourne on 23 January, Thebarton Theatre Adelaide on 29 January, Red Hill Auditorium Perth on 30 January, Hordern Pavillion Sydney on 12 February and will wrap up at Riverstage in Brisbane on 13 February.
Written together as a full band and recorded live to tape with Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs), lead single Walk The Wire is bounding with energy and sees the Sydney five-piece take on a slightly different approach. “It’s quite a lighthearted track for us, which has been fun,” explains vocalist David Hosking. “It’s about the internal battle that happens when you’re summoning up the courage to approach someone you like. I guess the broader sentiment is ‘don’t die wondering.’ You’ve gotta put it on the line sometimes and go for it!”
Complementing the laidback nature of the song, Boy & Bear have delivered a hilariously whacky and somewhat out-of-character video for Walk The Wire, directed by award winners Darcy Prendergast and Josh Thomas from the Oh Yeah Wow, (Goyte, The Paper Kites, Hermitude). “The clip was a lot of fun to make. The concept was simple: Start off on the moon, of course! Then have Killian explode, catch on fire and horrendously maimed, have Killian replaced by animated Killian who then turns evil and creepy, have us clearly unimpressed with things and then have the entire crew and clip descend into brilliant, entertaining anarchy!”
With three full-length albums and hundreds of hours of gigs under their belt, the band are armed with plenty of material for a set list that will satisfy and captivate audiences. “Having had time away from playing live, we are definitely looking forward to returning to play some fairly iconic venues across the country,” says guitarist Killian Gavin. “I’ve seen a lot of artists live at these venues over the years and for us to be able to perform at them also is something we are really excited about.”
Art of Sleeping and Montaigne are also playing as Boy & Bear make their way across the country.
First published in Mint Magazine – February 2016