Though the duo Beehive formed recently in early 2019, band members Jake Sprecher (formerly of Terry Malts) and bassist Bud Amenti (also of Shutups), having been playing Bay Area venues for years. Their new incarnation embodies the sound of an awkward date night at the Stork Club, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Gritty but still full of hope and expectation, the seductive simplicity will have you hoping Beehive will ask you to come up for the proverbial nightcap up until the very end. The repetitive nature of the music is hypnotic. If meditation was more Marlboros and PBR and less sage and kombucha, Beehive would be the perfect soundtrack.
You can check out their single “When Can I See You Again?” from EP Distressed and Depressed above and on Bandcamp. Recorded in one take, the EP is everything that is wrong with rock n’ roll: a drum machine that won’t quit, screeching lyrics, and a general lo-fi sound. It all culminates into a perfect cyclone that is so snarlingly filled with disgust that it is downright appealing. A short tour of the Pacific Northwest begins and ends with shows in San Francisco and Oakland. Let your inner crusty commune with the rock and join them.
September 14, 2019
The Golden Bull
October 17, 2019