If there’s one thing that Oakland’s Beekeepers have at their disposal, it’s recognition. The sound can quite easily be described as a “shit storm” personified. Playing a hyperactive mixture of noisy, synth-laden punk and garage rock – there’s comfort in knowing that the band doesn’t take the predictable route of a few melodies here and there, a hook-filled chorus, and so on. There’s screaming, punchy guitar riffs, and frenetic synth playing with a scuzzy, abrasive film placed over it all with care. Beekeepers has the rarity of having a sound that’s easily distinguishable and all their own. And did I mention the lead singer and guitarist each don a medical mask-type of contraption that serves as a microphone?
But don’t take my word for it, listen to Beekeepers’ first release, a 6-song doozy of a demo tape, ingeniously dubbed (you guessed it) Demos. And if Demos has you buzzing, be sure to pick up a copy of it at the band’s tape release show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall on April 28.Beekeepers