Boy And Bear Limit Of Love on LP + Download
Following a massive touring schedule in 2014 – 170 shows across three continents in support of their platinum-selling album Harlequin Dream – Boy & Bear decided to take the momentum they had gathered on the road directly into the studio, and teamed up with renowned producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs) with the intention of cutting a record the old fashion way – live in the studio, straight to tape, with virtually no overdubs.
“I was shitting myself,” laughs frontman Dave Hosking, who took on the almost-unheard-of challenge of recording his vocals live with the band. “But it’s funny you know, what made it less intimidating was having someone like Ethan there, who is such an advocate for it. He put it on the table at our first meeting, that he’d be very keen to at least try going for it as a first approach. When we left the meeting we felt pretty good about it. We were up for the challenge.”
An intensive writing period followed, focusing on a series of sessions on New South Wale’s gorgeous South Coast which saw the band lock themselves away in a rented house with nothing more than wine, good food and their music. Given the demands of the previous year’s touring, Hosking – usually the band’s main songwriter – hadn’t had time to craft a fully fledged set of songs, so for the first time Boy & Bear composed as a collective on a number of tunes, building them from the ground up as a band.
The first taste fans will have of that new approach is single "Walk the Wire," which was written by the group as a whole and bristles with a fresh energy. Fueled by a gritty guitar and synth groove, and buoyed by the honest, organic production style employed by Johns, the song is a bold new statement of intent.
"Walk the Wire" is also the perfect introduction to the new album, a recording that is less about fine-tuning everything to the nth-degree, and more about capturing a band at the height of their powers in an honest, organic way. It’s an approach most modern bands would be too scared to try, but for Boy & Bear, that leap of faith has proven to be a masterstroke.