Watch: The making of Boy & Bear’s new single ‘Hold Your Nerve’
Boy & Bear are back with new music after a forced hiatus from the touring circuit in 2016.
Returning with the triumphant new single ‘Hold Your Nerve’, this song is full of hope and marks their first new music since their ARIA #1 album, Limit Of Love in 2015.
Produced by Boy & Bear and Collin Dupuis (The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, Beck, Adele), ‘Hold Your Nerve’ is the official tastemaker of the band’s upcoming fourth studio album slated for release later this year.
After having such a long time out of the spotlight during a crucial point in their career, will Boy & Bear replicate the success of their previous records and finally enter the Top 40 on the TMN Hot 100?
With the hopeful demeanour of the song, they offer an optimistic premise with a euphoric undertone that not only has triple j potential but also finds commercial crossover on Triple M and Nova.
Through their festival sets and playlist support from the DSPs, Island Records Australia-signees Boy & Bear were able to access a broader audience.
With the release of ‘Hold Your Nerve’, David Hosking (lead vocals and guitar), Killian Gavin (vocals and guitar), Tim Hart (drums and vocals), Jonathan Hart (vocals, banjo, mandolin and keyboards), and David Symes (bass) are being reacquainted with familiar faces and introduced to a younger demographic who are living and breathing the current additions on triple j.
Holding onto a bright optimism, the song explores a failed first attempt of romance and dives deeper into lead singer Dave Hosking’s worrying health issues.
After being misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression, it was only then discovered that Hosking had been living with a gut bacterial issue since 2011.
This illness saw him suffering exhaustion, memory loss and a noticed deterioration in his eyesight and hearing.
In a desperate hope to get better, the band walked away from touring commitments at the end of their Limit Of Love cycle and took a much-needed break before beginning the internal conversation surrounding the next album.
In the wake of being introduced to a new treatment called Faecal Microbiota Transplant, the band were able to head to Nashville to begin work on the next chapter of Boy & Bear.
Following in the footsteps of The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons, they have tapped into a mature alternative-folk-pop sound that is very commercially accessible in this current market.
With an anthemic hook that not only soothes, they also offer raw energy that will perfectly slot into their upcoming live shows. Following the release of ‘Hold Your Nerve’, Boy & Bear will embark on a world tour that kicks off in Brisbane at The Tivoli on August 15.