Boy & Bear return with single ‘Hold Your Nerve’, first new music since 2015 & announce UK tour dates

June 7, 2019
Daniel Boud

Boy & Bear return with triumphant new single ‘Hold Your Nerve’

Australian indie-rock group’s first new music since 2015’s acclaimedLimit of Love

 Announce global tour, including UK headline dates

Boy & Bear set their fanbase abuzz last month after teasing brand new music. Now, the wait is over with the band returning with a triumphant new single, Hold Your Nerve, their first new music since the release of 2015’s Limit of Love.

After the most tumultuous period of the band’s lives both personally and professionally, Hold Your Nerve is an upbeat, optimistic song in which they channel their trademark penchant for organic, dreamy 70’s sounds into one of their most direct, modern and addictive songs to date. Listen here and below.

Along with the release of Hold Your Nerve ,the five-time’s ARIA winners have announced their global tour which begins later this year in Australia and North America. The tour will then head to the UK and Europe in early 2020. Current list of EU dates below with tickets on-sale today 7th June from and all major ticket outlets.

European Tour Dates:

5th February 2020 | Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma
6th February 2020 | Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vrendenburg
7th February 2020 | Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
8th February 2020 | Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
11th February 2020 | Paris, France @ Les Etoiles
12th February 2020 | Koln, Germany @ Luxor
13th February 2020 | Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
15th February 2020 | Berlin, Germany @ Lido
16th February 2020 | Munich, Germany @ Strom
17th February 2020 | Milan, Italy @ Magnolia
18th February 2020 | Zurich, Switzerland @ Papiersaal
20th February 2020 | Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
21st February 2020 | Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Arts School
22nd February 2020 | Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
24th February 2020 | Birmingham, UK @ Institute 3
25th February 2020 | Bristol, UK @ Thekla
26th February 2020 | London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Produced by Boy & Bear and Collin Dupuis (The Black Keys, Angel Olsen, Ex Hex) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (St. Vincent, Amy Winehouse, Beck), Hold Your Nerve is the first taste of their fourth studio album penciled for a release later this year. Even though on the surface ‘Hold Your Nerve‘ charts the story of frontman Dave Hosking and his current partner’s failed first attempt at their relationship, dig deeper and it reveals the backdrop of a debilitating illness Hosking has been dealing with since 2011.

Showing early symptoms of exhaustion – Dave was initially misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and then depression and anxiety. The symptoms soon intensified to include cognitive issues which robbed Hosking of the ability to piece together lyrics and write songs. Hosking’s struggled whilst writing and recording Limit of Love and as his health continued to decline, he noticed a deterioration in his eyesight and a constant ringing in his ears. After working with a myriad of specialist’s, hope came in late-2015 when doctors detected a gut bacterial issue that has been poisoning his nervous system. Medication and a radical alteration of his diet offered minor improvements, to the point where he could commit to touring Limit of Love. By the end of the cycle, however, Hosking had deteriorated further. For an act at the peak of their career, with a #1 album in Australia and selling out venues across the world, the band made the decision to take 2017-18 off the road to give Dave time to focus on his health. it was a decision fraught with uncertainty and anxiety. But there was no question that Hosking’s wellbeing was the priority. Whereby Limit of Love was written collaboratively, the band spent months of 2017-18 trying out new writing ideas as Hosking rode an emotional and physical rollercoaster.

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