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Boy & Bear Go Back To Basics For Third Album 'Limit Of Love' To Capture Live Sound

Video by Tom Compagnoni

Like so many Australian bands, Boy & Bear got their start after winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition in 2009.

Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, university friends Killian Gavin, Dave Hosking, Dave Symes and brothers Jon and Tim Hart have built an impressive global following thanks to their powerful live performances and their ability to bring something new to the table each time. Their third album, ‘Limit Of Love’ due out on Friday is no exception -- after recording it the old fashioned way -- live to tape, with almost no overdubs or editing.

“Sometimes we only did two takes, and the most I think we did was 10 -- so the live nature of the band was caught much more effectively,” frontman Dave Hosking told The Huffington Post Australia.

“There are still a few overdubs -- a bit of percussion and that sort of thing, but it was very selective. We’ve learned that sometimes, the more you put in, the smaller the song sounds. We didn’t want that this time,” said Hosking.

Their debut album, ‘Moonfire’ went double platinum leading them to open for the likes of Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling before earning themselves five ARIA Awards including Album of the Year and Best Group.

After a heavy year of touring in 2014 in which they played over 170 shows, the band sat down with HuffPost Australia to chat about life on the road, their fellow musician friends including Angus and Julia Stone and The Jezabels as well as how the consumption of music has changed and what that means for new bands.

'Limit Of Love' is out Friday October 9.

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