Hunter and The Bear Tickets
A British rock band, Hunter and the Bear is a four-piece that has a classic lineup. There are two guitarists, as well as a bassist and a drummer making up the rhythm section. The Huffington Post has referred to Hunter and the Bear as the up-and-coming 'heroes' that UK rock needs. Having shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Hunter and the Bear has also been on the same bill as Simple Minds. They are frequently referred to in the UK's music press as a young British band that is making a big noise on the rock scene. All four members of the band provide vocals, with Will Irvine being the main singer and frontman.
Hunter and the Bear's career milestones
Hunter and the Bear began life as a duo. The two-piece outfit would practice in nothing grander than a soundproofed shipping container that was situated in one of London's many car parks. Irvine provided the impetus for the band's early sound, with an ear that had been developed by listening to his parents' 1970s rock music collection, much of it American. Having come up with the group's name, too, Irvine went on to recruit two further members to add to Jimmy Hunter, his Glaswegian friend. By 2014, Hunter and the Bear was formed and operating as a four-piece. That summer, the members of the band landed a prestigious slot opening shows for the legendary blues guitarist Eric Clapton, which brought the group's sound to the attention of many music fans for the first time.
Irvine and Hunter, who play rhythm guitar and lead guitar respectively, had originally met when they attended the same university in Newcastle. It was while Irvine studied English with drama and Hunter took on the rigours of a business course, that the pair started to develop their songwriting skills. Many of their first tracks would end up being played by Hunter and the Bear on that early tour. Hunter taught Irvine how to play his instrument, and after their courses ended, the pair headed off to Achiltibuie in Wester Ross, Irvine's original home, to pen songs. It was only after this period that the two headed to the UK's capital in search of a life in music and a potential record deal.
Gareth Thompson, a drummer who originates from Brighton, was soon recruited into the group, having been heard performing at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Bar in Soho. Soon Chris Clark was added on bass, giving the band a harder edge to their rock sound. Gathering momentum, the band went on to be booked for some higher-profile gigs, such as those at the Summer Isles Festival and T in the Park. The group's debut album, Paper Heart, reached a high of number seven in the iTunes Rock Chart.
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