Sydney – Monday 6 November 2017. Their sold-out 2014 Concert Hall debut marked the triumphant conclusion of a world tour rumoured to be their last. Now, a band that has embodied the growing ambition and sophistication of contemporary music for more than a decade returns to the Concert Hall stage to showcase their first album in five years, the critically acclaimed Painted Ruins.
Released in August 2017, Painted Ruins was immediately hailed by Q Magazine as “more than a welcome return… the album you suspect Grizzly Bear didn't think they'd ever make”, garnering a ‘universal acclaim’ rating on Metacritic.
Three-and-a-half years after frontman Ed Droste first speculated that the band may not continue beyond its 2014 Opera House gigs, the album’s psych-rock maximalism re-affirmed Grizzly Bear’s position at the forefront of American indie rock.
In March 2018, the Brooklyn-bred outfit will perform their latest work against a dramatic, cloud-like backdrop, and delve into a back catalogue that spans 2012’s Shields, 2006’s breakthrough Yellow House and the 2009 masterpiece Veckatimest.
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, says: “Grizzly Bear have always gone their own way, restlessly refining their angular, prismatic and glorious sound to possibly their best effect yet on Painted Ruins. Their rigorous, powerful stage shows are the result of careful creative thought and this iteration looks like it will be their best yet. Anyone who caught their stunning Sydney debut at Angel Place during Sydney Festival in 2010 or saw them absolutely own our Concert Hall stage in 2014 knows they are a uniquely compelling live act and unmissable at the Sydney Opera House this summer."
It’s a rare band that counts among its fans not only Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, but hip-hop royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, who last month issued a full-length, chopped-and-screwed remix of Veckatimest and Painted Ruins. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Grizzly Bear in a setting tailor-made for their sumptuous harmonies and complex, layered melodies.