Bear Hands are back with a new single — and a music video. “Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide)” is energetic, dynamic and also thoughtful.
“The song is about free will and finding yourself doing things that you don’t feel you are in control of,” the band’s lead singer, Dylan Rau, says, “being drawn to something and not really knowing why.”
The single was released on Thursday and was inspired by a mix of influences. They found themselves inspired by bands like M83 and The Who. Rau says, “I really love the arpeggiated synth work of Pete Townsend.”
Bear Hands also had a little help on the track from Chris Chu of POP ETC. Chu is a songwriter and producer and was able to guide them and help the song along the way.
“Chris Chu produced the track and he wrote some instrumentals on it. He wrote guitar parts and helped with the arrangements. Really editing and providing outsider perspective. That really helps.”
Along with the release of the single, Bear Hands dropped an infectious new visual for the song. Jonathan Chu directed the video that already has fans talking. Within 12 hours of releasing the clip, the band had a flood of fan comments on the YouTube video. One fan wrote, “New Bear Hands keeps me alive,” while another wrote, “Can’t wait to listen to the next album on repeat.”
Watch the new video below and let us know what you think of “Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide)” from Bear Hands.