New album, Distraction, out NOW (US, Canada, UK & Germany)
See Bear Hands live:
Directed by Sami Jano and Steve Meierding
Director of Photography: Kris Kaczor
Editing: Steve Meierding
Lighting: Steve Meierding
Concept and Story: Sami Jano
Styling: Sami Jano
Animation: Sami Jano and Steve Meierding
Gaffer: Jeff Cate
Production Assistants: Etienne Warneck, Julio Mejia
Retouching: Joshua Sterns
Bear Hands is revealing an alternate video to "Agora" from the band's recent full-length Distraction (Cantora). The video, which was directed by Sami Jano and Steve Meierding, playfully incorporates the track's lyrics into a wildly colorful montage of cluttered items strewn around the home of the titular agoraphobe.
Distraction has been met with praise, with Pretty Much Amazing singling out Distraction cut "Bone Digger" as "just too funky to have come from human hands." Shortly after the release of Distraction, NPR called them one of the best discoveries of SXSW 2014, lauding their "serious, intricate pop." Pigeons and Planes praised Distraction's "bevy of jangling guitars and energetic songwriting," while Consequence of Sound noted that "no matter the individual song's components, though, an underlying punk ethos still shines thanks to their insatiable sense of curiosity and their utter creative fearlessness." Death and Taxes said that Distraction "blends lush guitar textures with irresistible melodies to pleasing effect," while Alternative Press said "Bear Hands are great... and they're evolving faster than most of the stuff on your hard drive."