By Meredith McLean
They’ve made it to platinum, and they’ve made it into our hearts. Blowing fans away with their debut album and then deftly darting away from the sophomore slump that every band fears on their second album, Boy & Bear finally bring you the third installment Limit of Love.
Eerily similar to a soul track from the likes of Timmy Thomas, the title track jolts you with cowbell, and then some more cowbell. The crackle of an old record player filling the gaps of the song that are otherwise silence are spellbinding. Have you ever been too close to the Limit of Love? And where can you go after passing that break in the waves and moving into the distance beyond that Boy & Bear seem fearful of?
This retro adventure moves straight out of Timmy Thomas’ neck of the woods and into Walk The Wire. Electric keyboards, strong guitars and proclamations of hopeless love are all there to fulfil this time-jump to ’85. It seems by the time we move into the second half of the album we’ve caught back up to the present. A Thousand Faces draws on the sounds of the past and puts them into the now. Without a doubt, this song is going to be a stunner on stage.
Boy & Bear are known for their strength as a live performer. Even when recording they seem reluctant to tinker or deliver something they can’t replicate on stage. The closer, Fox Hole, demonstrates David Hosking’s natural quality in his vocals. Producer Ethan Jones wouldn’t let him do another take because he could see there was something special in that one honest, tired-from-travels-on-the-road take that Hosking delivered.
The mentality that the more you add to a song the smaller it seems is a wonderful idea. This concept of minimalism in the landscape of a song leaves more room for it to grow. And on a tour, on the stage, in front of waves of fans, there is plenty of room to grow. Boy & Bear will be making their way to a stage near you with Art of Sleeping as their support act in January 2016. Head to boyandbear.com for more details.
*****BOY & BEAR – LIMIT OF LOVE TOUR*****
presented by triple j
FRI 22 JAN | ODEON THEATRE, HOBART TAS
SAT 23 JAN | FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 29 JAN | THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA
SAT 30 JAN | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH WA
FRI 12 FEB | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 13 FEB | RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE QLD