Ahead of New York’s Democratic primary next Tuesday, a number of indie rock’s biggest acts are hitting the streets to campaign on behalf of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Of particular note are Grizzly Bear, who will perform for the first time in more than two years at a Sanders event this week.
As BrooklynVegan reports, the reunion show of sorts is set to take place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Sunday; it’s free and open to the public. Grizzly Bear will be joined by special guests Danny DeVito, Justin Long, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
The band’s last show was at Australia’s renowned Sydney Opera House in January 2014. “This is definitely the last touring we’ll do for this album before we enter into the question mark of the future,” singer Ed Droste said at the time, noting that they had no other foreseeable plans in the works.
Elsewhere in the Big Apple, Vampire Weekend are scheduled to perform at a similar campaign function in Washington Square Park tomorrow (which comes just a few months after the group supported him in Iowa alongside dutiful Sanders backer Killer Mike); TV on the Radio will play a rally in Queens next Monday.
Update – Wednesday, April 13th at 11:20 a.m. CT: Grizzly Bear will begin recording their new album next month, they announced in a series of tweets late last night. The new LP will serve as the band’s fifth following 2012’s Shields. Update – Wednesday, May 4th at 3:45 p.m. CT: Grizzly Bean hit the studio come June 1st, according to Ed Droste.
Below, revisit “Yet Again” off Grizzly Bear’s Shields, followed by a few of Droste’s #FeeltheBern Instagram pics.