New Release & Video: Bear’s Den – Hiding Bottles

Photo Credit: Sequoia Ziff

Taken from their recently-release record so that you might hear me, Bear’s Den have unveiled the video for their new single, ‘Hiding Bottles’.

In a statement about the track, Davie from the band states: ” The song and video tackles a subject matter really close to our hearts, confronting the difficult reality of living with an alcoholic parent…As someone who has been to sessions with Al-Anon over the last couple of years, they have helped me enormously. We wanted to give our support to them”.

Take a watch and a listen to this emotional and powerful piece, below…

Having personally experienced alcohol addiction in a family member, lead singer Andrew Davie took to spending time at Al-Anon meetings – a charity who support those with family and friends that struggle with alcohol addiction. Al-Anon bring a sense of community between those who are going through the same difficulties and it’s from these meetings that Davie began to write the song ‘Hiding Bottles’. Davie describes the song as a track “about life with an alcoholic relative. It’s an exploration of the inability to reach someone and the isolation that intrinsically creates.”

The video itself follows a teenage girl’s account of her father’s alcohol addiction and the pressure it puts upon herself and her loved ones. It is both inspired by and features quotes from people that have experienced alcoholism in a family member. Splitting into a ‘siding doors’ style narrative, we view two parallel worlds in which her life diverts, each with its own pitfalls. The scenes feature the introduction of alcohol to a young son, care-fuelled arguments between family members and withdrawal from family life, all of which touch on experiences that many people are experiencing on a daily basis.

Singer Andrew Davie explains, “I think the main thing Al-Anon allowed me to understand was that there are just so many people going through issues caused by having an alcoholic friend, loved one or relative – how many lives can be affected by just one life. For us as a band to work with Rollo and be able to make a video that might ring true for other people who could be looking for help or support was something we really wanted to do. The idea that the video could potentially help lead someone to an organisation that has helped me and so many others and could help them just feels really right to us and important.”

Director Rollo Jackson says of the video, “The band and I wanted to highlight the often overlooked issues faced by the victims of alcohol abuse by basing the film on genuine case studies supplied by the charity Al-Anon. Looking through that research, the theme that kept cropping up was the ‘promise of normality’ that these victims are often teased with. Alcoholism explained as temporary or manageable, which created a strange dichotomy within those homes – two versions of the same family, one fighting to keep everything ’normal’ and another private version, out of control. Using a full cast of identical twins and in-camera effects I wanted to explore that idea and highlight the issues, whilst keeping every the story point and line of dialogue based on real case studies.”

Recently, the band announced a set of intimate tour dates known as the Highlands and Islands Tour, which will see the band embrace the history of Bear’s Den and take them on a voyage the length and breadth of the Scottish wilderness. These shows were where the band played some of their first ever headline shows and represent a return to the roots of the band, as well as a rare opportunity for fans to see the band in some intimate and beautiful locations.

All dates below…

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL DATES…

18.08.19 Lowlands, Netherlands

‘AS THE CROW FLIES: A HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS TOUR’…

11.08.19 Sound Archive, Kirkwall, Orkney
12.08.19 Bogbain, Inverness
13.08.19 An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
14.08.19 OBI, Aviemore
15.08.19 The Barn, Banchory
16.08.19 Birnam Arts, Dunkeld

UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES…

03.11.19 O2 Academy, Oxford
04.11.19 O2 Institute, Birmingham
05.11.19 Tramshed, Cardiff
07.11.19 Beckett Students’ Union, Leeds
08.11.19 O2 Academy, Liverpool
10.11.19 Newcastle University, Newcastle
11.11.19 Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
20.02.20 Eventim Apollo, London, England

EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR DATES…

14.11.19 Teatro Barcelo, Madrid, Spain
15.11.19 La 2 Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
17.11.19 Magnolia, Milan, Italy
20.11.19 Ottakringer, Vienna, Austria
26.11.19 Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
27.11.19 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
28.11.19 Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
26.02.20 Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
27.02.20 AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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