Published Jan 20, 2017Vancouver three-piece Lion Bear Fox are set to drop their self-titled debut album next month, but ahead of its arrival, the band have debuted a video for "Battle of Me."
The new record was recorded with Nygel Asselin in the wilderness of Vancouver Island and draws on influences that range from folk, rock and gospel — all pulled together under a common goal: to tell their truths in their three distinct (but harmonious) voices.
According to the band's Cory Woodward, "Battle of Me" embodies the "celestial" creative experience that defined the making of the record.
"An ethereal force takes over when finding words, and the melody to lift them up. It usually starts with a predominant experience, thought or emotion, that begs to be expressed and realized," he tells Exclaim! "It was that exact experience for 'Battle of Me'; something forced my will to make space to bring the song into the light. At the time, maybe I should have been focusing on ways to make it through the month, to justify my career in music or to look for another vocation. The song trumped all of those choices."
The accompanying video finds a man running through the snowy wilderness, braving an encroaching cloud of gas, clearly in search of something — or someone — important. Follow his frantic search all the way to its happy ending in the player below.
Lion Bear Fox is out February 17, and you can see the band's upcoming live dates listed below.
01/28 Courtenay, BC – Sid Williams Theatre
02/01 Halifax, NS - The Carlton
02/02 Charlottetown, PE – Confederation Centre
02/03 Moncton, NB – Capitol Theatre
02/04 Saint John, NB - The Imperial
02/06 Goose Bay, NL – Laurence O'Brien Arts Centre
02/08 Cornerbrook, NL - Rotary Arts Centre
02/09 Lewisporte, NL - Citadel
02/10 Clarenville, NL - Wintertainment
02/11 St. John's, NL - The Ship
03/10 Chilliwack, BC – Chilliwack Cultural Centre
03/11 Quesnel, BC – Occidental Hotel
03/15 Whistler, BC – Maury Young Arts Centre
03/16 Kamloops, BC - Blue Grotto
03/17 East Kootenay, BC – Panorama Mountain Resort
03/18 Lake Country, BC – Okanagan Centre Park
03/26 Nanaimo, BC – Port Theatre
05/12 Port Alberni, BC - Char's Landing
05/26 Parksville Area, BC - Errington Hall
06/03 Penticton, BC - Dream Café
06/04 Vernon, BC - Spinners Sound & Audio
06/08 Kimberley, BC - The Green Door
06/22 Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage
06/24 Nanaimo, BC - Port Theatre