1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19108
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Bear's Den is comprised of longtime friends Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes, and Kevin Jones, who combined their wide musical influences to arrive at the band's ecclectic folk-rock sound. Drawing inspiration from a variety of legendary acts ranging from Michael Jackson to Elvis, the band released their breakout EP Agape in 2013, giving fans a taste of their emotive music and earning significant press from several mainstream publications like Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine. After spending time on the road with Matt Corby and Mumford & Sons, Bear's Den returned to the studio to record their shining 2014 full-length debut Without/Within, a heartfelt release that proves they're a rising new force within the folk-rock community. Hot off the heels of a North American headlining tour, Bear's Den return to the stage for a number of UK and European dates, treating fans to their prized collection of hits.
The American/Canadian poet, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has been alternately cast as the ‘lost love child of Leonard Cohen and Nancy Sinatra,’ ‘Nick Cave in the role of Staggolee,’ ‘Patsy Cline fronting a minimalist Warpaint’ and ‘PJ Harvey at her most irate, teeth-bared.’
But its near impossible to find a truly fitting comparison. Described as ‘a living anachronism’, Vera Sola makes timeless, time-bending sound. In the words of the London Sunday Times, she’s a creature all her own, ‘an utterly singular talent’.
All of this was a long time coming. Despite a background in poetry, a successful career as a stage and voice actor, years of touring in Elvis Perkins’ band, and a collection of hundreds of secret songs, it wasn’t until early 2017 that she began experimenting with the idea of recording her own material.
Only then, when a series of life-altering events reframed her relationship to her music, did she book time at a studio in St. Louis and lock herself inside.
From there came her debut album ‘Shades’—written, performed, and produced entirely alone. Instruments she’d never before touched, hand-made percussion, chains and breaking glass, were arranged meticulously around multi-part harmonies, and brought to the fore a newly discovered vocal skill— her otherworldly vibrato.
The result is a record both complex and sparse, lyrics full of sorrow yet arch and wry. Sincere but sardonic, self-aware and scathing. Poems and stories set to music. Songs of the present that conjure the past.