It turns out that singer Dave Hosking was battling a crippling illness, which left him fatigued and distressed. “I was in a real dire state,” he reveals on the title track of the band’s first album in four years. “I was in the most awkward of ways.” Then, on the aptly titled Hold Your Nerve, he confides, “I was not right … it left me broke.”
But from the depths of despair, Boy & Bear have delivered a life-affirming album. “Something inside me is changing,” Hosking declares in Suck on Light, an anthem of recovery. “Stirring up the life in me.” Welcome back.
Suck on Light by Boy & Bear is out now via Island/Universal.
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