Bear’s Den and Wilderado at the Commodore Ballroom, 6/6/19
An American, a Brit and a bunch of Canadians walk into a bar. What do you get? A bone-shakingly beautiful show by Wilderado and Bear’s Den at the Commodore.
Oklahoma boys, Wilderado, got the night off to an electric start with “Wheat” from their EP Latigo. Wilderado has put Tulsa on the map and has shown the world that it is more than just a place where Chandler from Friends has to move for work, it is also a breeding ground for incredible music.
Frontman Max Rainer brought his southern charm and was so humbled to be playing in Vancouver with Bear’s Den. He said, “we are so grateful to be here with the beautiful band called Bear’s Den. It is not often you get to go and share music with cool people from another country as wonderful as they are. A big big thank you to them. This is an honour for us.”
Rainer is a new father and has a second baby on the way. Before he got into playing “Rubble to Rubble,” he asked the crowd to send out some good vibes to his wife, therefore making him the loveliest dude in the world. After this charismatic quartet said their goodbyes and walked off the stage, the crowd was more than warmed up and the anticipation for Bear’s Den reverberated around the Commodore.
Bear’s Den are currently touring their newest album, So That You Might Hear Me, which was released this past April. Lead vocalist, Andrew Davie was a little quieter than Wilderado’s Rainer and teased out his lust-worthy British accent from time to time. They played a good mix from their old albums and a lot from their new album including, “Fossils,” “Crow” and “Conversations with Ghosts.” The eloquent harmonies of Davie, Kevin Jones (vocals, drums, bass, guitar) and Christof van der Ven (vocals, banjo, guitar) are so smooth it feels as though it is just one voice. Trying to keep track of how many instruments each of these musicians plays is like trying to keep track of how many times the Leafs lose, there’s just too many to count.
One of the most enchanting moments of the show was when the band unplugged their instruments and gathered at the front of the stage to play “Sophie” unplugged. There is something so calming about a group of British men serenading you with a couple of guitars, a french horn and trumpet.
The night came to a beautiful end when they played “Blankets of Sorrow” unplugged and on the floor standing in the crowd. Strangers stood side by side feeling the love and connection that can only be felt with live music. Bear’s Den have the ability to make you feel like they are playing just for you, while standing in a crowded room.