Bear’s Den Get In the Thanksgiving Spirit at Brooklyn Gig
Bear's Den closed out their winter U.S. tour with a bang at Warsaw in Brooklyn on Tuesday night (Nov. 25) -- and they couldn't have been happier to play for such a packed house.
"We're thankful you all came out," banjo player and singer Joey Haynes told the crowd. "That's what we're thankful for this Thanksgiving."
Considering the holidays, the band seemed surprised that so many came out to see them. But then again, it was going to be the last time the U.K. folk trio would play on American soil in 2014. And they couldn't find a better place to finish off the tour than in the Big Apple, the city they've come to call a second home. "We love New York," Haynes said. "It's our favorite city to play. We almost think we play it too much."
Since the band has started playing at different venues in New York, it seems they've just gotten bigger and bigger. And while Haynes, Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones are the core of Bear's Den, they made this particular gig more special by bringing in a few special guests. Aside from bringing on a five-piece horn section that included trumpeter JP Carter of opening band Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, they also invited Remi Aguilella, the drummer in Daughter, to add more to the rhythm section. And seeing them play this time around, there was an effortless confidence in them. They looked so comfortable on stage.
Playing tracks from their debut LP, 'Islands,' as well as their last two EPs, they were taken aback by the enthusiasm in the crowd. There were points -- namely 'Isaac' and 'Elysium' -- when they would start the song and wouldn't even need to sing because everyone else was taking care of it for them.
After playing a little over an hour, they ended their set with a rousing performance of 'Agape' and closed the show. And keeping with the tradition, they performed an acoustic version of 'Bad Blood' in the middle of the crowd.
Check out our exclusive photos from the night's show below:
Bear's Den -- New York City's Warsaw
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith