Dan James - vox, guitar Stew Riddle - vox, bass Matt Wedmaier - vox drums,
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'Web of Thieves' represents a re-birth for Drawn From Bees. Not a new beginning, but a re-connection with the sounds from their earlier records - sounds that excite and connect. Luscious Harmonies, guitars to die for and beautiful, crisp production from front man Dan James.
The brand new single, Calling You Out, begins with a beautiful guitar and vocal introduction from Dan James - and when the rest of the band kick in, the rhythm section show you why they are among the best in Australia. Tight, purposeful and can't-get-it-out-of-your-head-for-days, the track then segues into what the band does best and oh-so-effortlessly - 4-part harmonies backed by big-time drum patterns and soaring guitars.
Since inception, Drawn from Bees have consistently challenged orthodoxy. From their first four records being a chapter in the Elementary Tales for Young Boys and Girls box set to their previous release, The May King and His Paper Crown, a record that delves into love, loss, murder and betrayal.
Having made an impact both at home in Australia and internationally, Drawn from Bees have performed at SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Music Matters (Hong Kong), MusExpo (London & Los Angeles), V Festival, St Kilda Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and with the likes of The Middle East, Jesus Jones and Emperors.
'Web of Thieves' is out on Friday May 2 online everywhere through MGM Distribution and Drawn From Bees are playing some hometown Brisbane and surrounds in late May to launch the single. For more information, go to http://drawnfrombees.com.
Hard working Bribane band Drawn from Bees have grown their now devoted audience to a respectful size by quietly winning people over, one show at a time with their melody laden art-rock.
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
We developed our sound in small practice rooms with the company of our varied musical influences of everything from Bowie to Russian Choral Music. We write songs by tearing apart each other’s ideas and rebuilding them as four songwriters. When we wrote "Long Tooth", Stew came in with the chords and melodic idea and I began writing lyrics and melodies with him. Our drummer Matt came up with the entire middle section and Raven finished everything off with his guitar riff. It takes a while, but we won't play a song until every member of the band is happy. It is a very democratic process for us and is sometimes frustrating but it results in every member of the band believing in what has been produced.
Tell us about your live show.
We have an awesome big drum that we bring just for one song, we seem to like putting things on stage that make it nearly impossible to get there in our little cars. Stew, Matt and I sing together all the time, so vocals are really strong. Raven and I spend hours nerding together and coming up with new sounds on guitars and keyboards. When he is available, our friend Phil Usher comes along to add in even more drums guitars and percussion. The result is a really big wall of sound and voices coming off the stage.
What are the running themes through your songs?
It's different for every song, our first record was all about a boy who was abandoned in the ocean. We tried to recreate the sound of the angry sea using drums or the spooky sounds of underwater ghosts who rescue our hero. Finally, the record finishes with the boy stranded on a small Island alone with nothing but the wind for company and a resolve that no one will answer his calls. Our new record follows through the strange dream of Long Tooth Setting Sun into the lonely guitar in Waiting For The End. That song (for me) is like the standoff in ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’, where all you see are the desolate plains and the eyes of the three lone gunmen. I guess overall we are only restricted by our imaginations and we have a boundless supply of imagery and stories that we still want to create.
What’s coming up in the future?
We are already writing the next record and we plan to head to the studio very soon. We are easily bored and momentum is very important to us. We are also going to be touring like motherf***ers because we love playing in new places and meeting new bands. We have the view that we are the luckiest people alive because we can justify taking extended holidays to faraway places to play music. It doesn't get any better than that. We also have new friends that run art galleries (Josh Levi) and some friends that help us with the film making (Nick and Ollie), so we want to explore the realms of band visuals which is a new and very fun world for us...
Australian music is?
Always healthy, it's full of amazing bands that make music for love. That is the only reason to make music.View Profile Hide Interview