Premiere: Bear Hands – “Giants (OG Van B-Boys Remix ft. Kool A.D.)”

Right now, alt-rockers Bear Hands are on the road, in the midst of a tour for their sophomore Distractions. They’re crossing paths with Cage the Elephant and The Head and the Heart over the course of the summer shows, slowly gaining steam behind a bevy of jangling guitars and energetic songwriting. The Brooklyn quartet is on the rise, and one of the nice things about being on the rise is remixes, seeing your song bloom out after you’ve planted it in the ground.

Such is the case here. Production duo OG Van B-Boys teamed up with Kool A.D. to twist Bear Hands’ “Giants” into something entirely new.

The tropical riffs and breakneck speed that distinguish “Giants” from its competition are flipped into a snare-heavy military exercise. Kool A.D. appears about halfway in, giggling his way through references to Lennox Lewis and Picasso with nonchalant elegance. Stream the new remix below, then have a listen to the original and check out Bear Hands’ dates for the summer.



Apr 24 – White Rabbit w/ Cage the Elephant San Antonio, TX
Apr 25 – House of Blues w/ J Roddy Walston Houston, TX
Apr 26 – Edgefest Frisco, TX
Apr 27 – Stubb’s BBQ (SOLD OUT) Austin, TX
Apr 30 – Rock Bottom American Pub Montgomery, AL
May 01 – Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, FL
May 02 – High Dive Gainesville, FL
May 03 – Big Guava Music Festival Tampa, FL
May 04 – Foundry Entertainment Athens, GA
May 05 – Ziggy’s By The Sea Wilmington, NC
May 08 – The Great Escape Festival Brighton, United Kingdom
May 10 – The Soup Kitchen Manchester, United Kingdom
May 11 – Temple (The Institute) Birmingham, United Kingdom
May 14 – Electrowerkz London, United Kingdom
Jun 01 – Live 105 BFD Mountain View, CA
Jun 07 – Summer Block Party (w/ The Head and the Heart) Philadelphia, PA
Jun 17 – Plaza ‘LIVE’ (w/ Cage the Elephant) Orlando, FL
Jun 19 – The Fillmore (w/ Cage the Elephant) Charlotte, NC
Jun 20 – The NorVa (w/ Cage the Elephant) Norfolk, VA
Jun 25 – Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
Jul 01 – Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
Jul 12 – MO POP Festival Sterling Heights, MI
Jul 13 – Bunbury Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
Aug 03 – Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Aug 08 – Outside Lands San Francisco, CA
Aug 09 – Outside Lands San Francisco, CA
Aug 10 – Outside Lands San Francisco, CA
Aug 13 – Frequency Festival Sankt Pölten, Austria
Aug 14 – Frequency Festival Sankt Pölten, Austria
Aug 15 – Frequency Festival Sankt Pölten, Austria
Aug 16 – Frequency Festival Sankt Pölten, Austria
Aug 23 – Reading Festival Reading, United Kingdom
Aug 24 – Leeds Festival Leeds, United Kingdom