– BBC Introducing
Combining elements of emo, math rock and post-hardcore, Bear Arms offer an eclectic take on the alt-rock sound that has swamped the airwaves in recent years, and ‘Innate’ is a perfect example. The track melds intricate guitar work and no-holds-barred string thrashing beefed up with transcendent vocals and a drums that will put your speakers to the test. Pulling on early noughties influences such as Glassjaw, Texas Is The Reason and Thursday, they have produced an album that accentuates the loud/quiet, singing/screaming dynamic beautifully, while maintaining an emotionality that should endear them to a wider audience.
Bear Arms, who consist of Richard Wardrop (guitar/vox), Keiran Hird (guitars/vox), Lewis Mcgourty (bass) and Dean Louden (drums/vox), formed in early 2011 after the members grew up playing in bands together when they were at school. Keiran joined after the rest of the band moved to Glasgow and Dean was the final piece of the Bear Arms puzzle when he was added to the line-up in 2013 after the regional drummer left the band.
The band have already picked up support from the likes of BBC Introducing‘s Ally McCrae, Big Cheese Magazine and the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, and with their debut album’s release just over the horizon, they’re set to end the year with an almighty bang.
Strength and Conviction by Bear Arms is released 20th October 2014 via Struggletown Records.