Bear Arms album ‘Strength and Conviction’ out now!

October 21, 2014


For fans of: Brand New, Alexisonfire, Minus The Bear, Taking Back Sunday

“… enamoured with the smooth riffing and floating vocals
of the Walter Schreifels school of rock…”

– Rock Sound Magazine

“The new knights of the Biffy realm.”
BBC Introducing
Bear Arms debut album, Strength and Conviction, has been released via Struggletown Records and is available to buy from iTunes.

AltSounds exclusively hosted a full stream of the album which you can check out here or via the ABoF SoundCloud page.

Single Fool’s Gold was released to celebrate the launch of Bear Arm’s debut album with the video premiering on Rock Sound Magazine‘s website yesterday. You can watch the video on the band’s YouTube channel


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.

Album track ‘Innate’ premiered on Big Cheese Magazine‘s official website, and you can also stream and download it from the ABoF SoundCloud page. You can also stream and download album track ‘Courage’ and watch the live footage video that accompanies it via YouTube.

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, they’re set to end the year with an almighty bang.

Strength and Conviction by Bear Arms is out now via Struggletown Records and available to buy digitally on BandCamp and iTunes.

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