Wilderado & Bear’s Den @ The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Review & photography by Natalia Fernandez
I’ve been a music junkie since I was very young, and currently working in the music industry, I guess I could say I’ve been to a fair amount of concerts throughout my life. That being said, I can definitely state with confidence that Bear’s Den concert last Tuesday at the Fonda Theatre was something else.
After the LA-based band Wilderado warmed up the night with their sweeping rock melodies and Maxim Rainer’s incredibly rich and unique vocals; Bear’s Den took to the stage to open with new track Fuel on the Fire. The setlist was a perfect combination of all of Bear’s Den collection, and it kept the crowd engaged continuously and watching in awe: from their folksy debut Islands to the bigger and more modern sound they found with their second album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain.
But what made the evening so special and unique was the moment when Andrew announced they’d like to do a song without any microphones or amps. The band stepped to the front of the stage and performed a stripped back version of “Sophie” in a completely silent theatre. In that precise moment, I realized it was the first time I’ve ever been to a packed venue where not a single person was making a sound. Even humming the melody seemed inappropriate. Once the song was over, the room was filled with prolonged applause. The rest of the night continued with a renewed sense of warmness.
Their three-song encore was the perfect end to the night, with another perfect surprise: the band left the stage to walk in the middle of the crowd to perform Blankets of Sorrow, a touching song from their last album; as the room just stood and listened.
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to have your heart swell and break at the same time, a Bear’s Den show should have you covered.