Bear Hands may not be my first choice for a band name, but I guess it helps this Brooklyn quartet stand out a bit from other bands. The band first formed in 2007 when Dylan Rau was going through a crazy time with his love life and was inspired to write a ton of new songs. So he formed the band as an outlet to bring his songwriting to fruition. So he called on Ted Feldman, Val Loper and T.J. Orscher to play with him and they released an E.P. in ’07 titled “Golden”. This got them immediate attention and they began doing a lot of touring, opening for bands like Passion Pit, MGMT and Vampire Weekend. They released their first full-length album in 2010 – “Burning Bush Supper Club”, then another EP in 2012 and finally their second album this year which is titled “Distraction”. The band has an indie/alternative pop sound, mixing electronics and guitar into the mix. Rau’s vocals are fairly distinctive, often emotive and help set the band apart. Their music is very radio friendly and you may have heard “Giants” on the radio, which is one of the two songs I’m featuring.