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Atlanta, Georgia (2003 – present)

Bear in Heaven is a Brooklyn-based rock band formed by Jon Philpot. The sound of the band incorporates influences from psychedelic music, electronic music and krautrock

Jon Philpot has previously released music as part of the duo Presocratics, in collaboration with guitarist and composer Need Thomas Windham. Presocratics released two albums on the record label Table of the Elements in 2001; both were produced by Philpot.

The first Bear in Heaven release (Tunes Nextdoor to Songs, Eastern Developments 2003) was an EP of solo recordings by Philpot, recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, with guest musicians performing on various instruments. Shortly after the release of Tunes Nextdoor to Songs, Philpot moved to Brooklyn, New York and joined with guitarist Adam Wills, keyboardist/guitarist Sadek Bazaraa (a graphic designer with Brooklyn design collective GH avisualagency), guitarist David Daniell (of San Agustin), and bassist James Elliott (Ateleia, School of Seven Bells). Eventually drummer Joe Stickney (drummer with Paul Duncan, Rhys Chatham’s Essentialist project, and current touring drummer with Panthers) was added to the lineup. Daniell left Bear in Heaven in 2005 to focus on his solo project.

Red Bloom of the Boom, Bear in Heaven’s first full-length album with the full band, was released in 2007 by the Hometapes record label.


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  • Daydreamishly

    I've been listening to this band for about four years now & I've been annoyed at the "post-rock" tag being one of the main tags for about four years now.

    8 Jul 10:43am Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    All the lyrics, accurate (for a change), link from their website, here.

    21 Jun 6:31pm Reply
  • friendlyburrito

    saw these guys last august, the opener (young magic) was fantastic, one of the better sets/usage of vintage video i've seen- really complimented the music and i hadn't heard any of their stuff prior, so that was an extra bonus. however BiH's set was ehhh cause the bass was EQ'd too high and it drowned out everything else. plus the lights were meh. but they tried, and the material otherwise was really solid/tight. and yes, these guys are far too underrated.

    10 Jun 6:41pm Reply
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  • justfetus

    last album was better. but this album is great too.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amnesius


    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amnesius

    The new seems kinda droney. Can't connect. No standout.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amnesius

    Saw them blow out Ann Arbor, MI with just Beast Rest Forth Mouth material. Amazing live force. Then I Love You, It's Cool came out, with a fairly dramatic change, but it was fresh and original and moving oftentimes.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amnesius

    Was emphatic about Bear in Heaven until this new one. Times of disappoint.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Stefanszz

    New album's not bad.

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Ricro

    well, they keep getting better and better

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lunik3

    not a big fan of the new album...

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Pastiche1

    these guys do not get the attention they deserve

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • gabyu


    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    good thing i like it.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    неплохо, ваще заебись, правда иногда слишком американщиной пахнет, но привыкнуть можно.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • damnruckus

    Well... I like the cover art. I think the concept behind it is multiverses/extra planes of dimensions? Like for all we know, our 3D world is just a 2D surface in a much larger world.

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Dakota3131

    Time Is Over One Day Old <3

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • cj_rave

    such an amazing new album guys, sorry for my hearing of leaked tracks. Wanna LP and show in Moscow again

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • yoshagogo

    oh my oh myyy

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
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