“2AM” – Bear Hands

Brooklyn-born Bear Hands is back with a new single and an announcement of a new album.

Bear Hands is an American indie-rock band formed in 2006. A few months after forming, they released their first EP titled Golden, which made them a “New York buzz band.” In 2011, the group released Burning Bush Supper Club and toured as the opening act for Passion Pit. “Giants,” a single off this album, rose to the top-ten of the Alternative Songs chart in 2014.

Now Bear Hands is back, announcing that its new album titled You’ll Pay For This will be released on April 15th. However, fans will not have to wait until then to hear new music from the group. The announcement of a new album also came with the release of the group’s newest single, “2AM.”

“2AM” is subtler than Bear Hands previous work. The track is not as explosive as “Giants,” and does not have aggressive lyrics like those on “What A Drag.” The track opens with a heavy synth piano and drum claps. The tempo of the song stays the same throughout, making Rau’s voice stand out against the backing instruments.
The lyrics tell a story of being afraid of growing up, and of a possible drug deal.

With lyrics such as, “All your friends are sober/Yeah we’re getting older/Going out’s a drag now/All my spots have closed/…/But all I want is to forget/How old I am” its hard to miss the meaning of the song.

The tagline lyric of the song “nothing good happens past 2AM” is a phrase many college students and party hard millennials would disagree with.

“2AM” suggests that Bear Hands is evolving into a subtler, yet just as effective, sound. The group is kicking off their Spring Fling Rock AF tour this month with stops in Pittsburg, and New York, but not in Washington DC.

Photo Courtesy of Bear Hands

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Rhiannon Catalano is a senior in the MSB double majoring in Marketing and Operations and Information Management. She loves all genres of music from alternative, to classic rock, to country, and everything in between. Listen to her show Everything Goes from 8-10pm on Sunday nights.

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