Following on from the release of their record Fragments in September, a collaborative release with noted producer and composer Paul Frith, Bear’s Den are now looking to cap off their 2020 with the unveiling of a brand new EP ‘Christmas, Hopefully’ out December 1st.
The EP is previewed by the collection’s title-track, which becomes the third in a series of festive and winter releases by the band, which kicked off in 2016 with the stand alone single ‘Berlin’ and was followed by last year’s ‘Only Son of The Falling Snow’ EP.
This new offering will feature three new songs from the group; The title-track focuses on spending Christmas apart from loved ones, whilst the single ‘Favourite Patient’ is about Andrew Davie’s fiancé, a doctor who has been dramatically affected by the events of this year, and finally ‘Berlin Pt II’, a direct sequel to their 2019 Christmas song, which has now been streamed more than 16 million times.
Speaking about the release’s title-track, the band state: “It’s been an incredibly strange and difficult year for all of us. What Christmas stands for couldn’t be more at odds with the idea of lockdown or a tier system and the idea of potentially not being able to share that time with friends and family. Christmas can also be quite a challenging and difficult time of year for a lot of people even when there isn’t a pandemic going on. I had this song sitting on a shelf for a while, unfinished and with everything going on decided this year to try and rework it and finish it. I wanted to talk about my thought processes and feelings around this time of year and some of the difficulties and anxieties that i have experienced in the past and this year. The central lyric is “I hope you find some peace of mind, this Christmas, hopefully” – I think that line pretty much sums the song up. Hopefully we can all be together this Christmas but if not hopefully we can find some happiness and hope in spite of all the shitty challenges this year continues to present.”