Himalayan Bear will be anticipating the release of their third album “Hard Times”

By on April 29, 2011

Himalayan Bear will be anticipating the release of their third album “Hard
Times” playing May dates opening for Kathryn Calder. On “Hard Times,” the
third album from Victoria, BC’s Himalayan Bear aka Ryan Beattie (Frog
Eyes, Chet), Ryan exhibits an indisputable level of ingenuity, a fetish
for reverb and a voice that is as delicate as it is potent. The new album
was recorded in Victoria, BC Canada primarily at close friend Myke Hall’s
basement studio at The Last Resort as well as part at Beattie’s own studio
co-produced by Myke and Ryan. Hard Times is being released August 2 on
Absolutely Kosher Records. Music available upon request.

Hard Times was recorded over the course of a year between Feb 2010 and Feb
2011. The core personnel on most tracks comprised Marek Tyler on drums,
Dennis Siemens on double bass, Dan Weisenberger on lap steel, Eric Gallipo
on trumpet, Scott Henderson on saxophone and Tolan McNeil on electric bass
and lap steel. The Last Resort is the home of pirate-country singer
Carolyn Mark and Myke, but it also operates as an informal hub of musical
activity in Victoria with local musicians dropping in to hang-out,
brainstorm and jam at any time of day or night. As a result, there were
plenty of occasions when a friend or colleague was relaxing upstairs who
played, say, saxophone. “I think this song needs some loose-cannon sax
here.” Myke would say and I’d reply, “Scott Henderson’s upstairs!! I’ll
get him.” It was a very casual and social environment to record.

Hard Times finds Beattie once again exercising his unbridled ability to
take his listeners to an emotional breaking point only to release his
lyrical grip and lead them to another region of consciousness through a
song by song lineage that is as beautiful as it is merciless. The listener
is given full allowance to bear witness to sounds that may resemble the
slow jubilation of a lazy tropical contentment or a foreboding acceptance
of a hypothermic state where the brain tells a freezing body that
everything is just fine. This is the true power of Beattie’s words and
arrangements, his merits lie solely in his restraint, wavering on a
threshold that can lift the heart one minute only to break it the next,
but no matter what the outcome – leaves the listener yearning for more.

Hard Times marks the third album from Himalayan Bear, following 2005’s Lo
Lonesome Island and 2007’s ‘…Attacks The Brilliant Air”. Beattie hails
from Victoria, BC where he’s been an active member of the musical
community for over a decade. Perhaps better known for his guitar work
with the band Frog Eyes or his membership in revered and under exposed
band Chet, he plans to tour in support of his Himalayan bear pursuits for
the next period of his musical life.


For your reference, here are the dates (all the shows are with Kathryn
Calder of New Pornographers):

Sat 05/07/11 – Boon’s Treasury, Salem, OR
Tue 05/10/11 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Thu 05/12/11 – Hotel Café, Los Angeles,CA
Fri 05/13/11 – Tin Can Alehouse, San Diego,CA
Mon 05/16/11 – New Parish, Oakland, Ca
Wed 05/18/11 – Mission Theatre, Portland, OR
Thu 05/19/11 – Rendezvous, Seattle, WA
Fri 05/20/11 – Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.