It took Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear nearly five years to gestate their latest album Painted Ruins, and it was definitely worth the wait.

The album is a palpable move away from the sound of the band's 2012 album, Shields; its lattice-like drum arrangements and motorik pulse is reminiscent of 1960s and 70s Krautrock. The band display the confidence of a band who know their last record was both popular and critically-acclaimed.

The latest leg of Grizzly Bear's Europe and North America tour saw them performing at Bexhill’s art deco venue De La Warr Pavilion. The venue was well-inhabited by the band, who showed us all that their music exists in a slower and less fragmented world than our modern day-to-day experience will allow us to achieve. 

Standing against a glassy, arctic backdrop, the quartet kicked off with Four Cypresses, the first of many songs from Painted Ruins. Singer Ed Droste’s clipped phrases were complimented perfectly by co-frontman Daniel Rossen’s mellifluous backing vocals.

Wasted Acres provided a perfect segue into some of the stronger songs from the band's back catalogue. Sleeping Ute was the first song from Shields to get a rapturous applause from its opening few bars, followed shortly by Yet Again.

Later came the angelic chorus of Two Weeks from their 2009 album Veckatimest, which felt like a moment in the blazing sun as the icy-winter background gave way to the yellow-orange colors of summer and autumn.

When the encore came, it was a real encore. The band was off-stage for what seemed like forever, while the audience waited and waited. When they finally came back they played their showstopper, While You Wait For The Others, with its jaw dropping four part harmonies and drudging guitars. A perfect way to finish the set.

Since Grizzly Bear were last here in England they have grown slightly older but found a little bit more energy, proving that the modest men of indie-rock can still inspire passion and enthusiasm. We can only hope they go on and on.

James Erskine