RED BEE are an Australian heavy rock three piece, originating from the Blue Mountains NSW in 2008. Bandmates Daniel Silk (vocalist/guitarist), Jim Silk (bass) and Ian Dunn (drums) create each song differently; quick to dispense with formulaic structure, rhythms and time signatures. Authentically Australian both sonically and in their hard work approach to recording, RED BEE continue to push themselves musically with an unyielding pursuit of musical progress and innovation. They are renowned for their tight, high energy and blistering live shows.
RED BEE's first full length album ‘ICTUS’ (2012) announced the band with an unforgiving blend of progressive, groove and punk anchored in a heavy rock/metal foundation. Recorded with Clayton Segelov (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lamb of God, Tomahawk, The Angels) at The Brain Studios in Surry Hills, ‘ICTUS’ won unanimous acclaim as an outstanding Australian album debut challenging its overseas counterparts. “This is possibly the most enormous sonic blast I have heard from a three-piece in quite some time” (Rod Sedgwick, Loud Magazine).
A hectic live schedule supporting ‘ICTUS’ and ‘ICTUS DELUXE EDITION’ culminated in RED BEE supporting bands including Seether, Protest the Hero, Trapt, Starset, Flyleaf, Frenzal Rhomb, King Parrot, Caligula’s Horse and Mother’s Cake, playing at numerous leading domestic festivals including SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2014 (Local Showcase Band – Sydney), DEAD OF WINTER and DIMEDAY, and receiving more plaudits from a growing loyal fanbase as well as fellow Australian and international heavy music peers and press.
In 2015, RED BEE returned with a two-track EP entitled “CHOKEHOLD / I, ALONE”. The EP’s material marked a creative turning point for the band, opting for a more organic and expansive sound but still bearing their trademark slabs of riffage and left-field time signatures for both tracks. Produced, mixed and engineered by Dylan Mitrovich (Breaking Orbit) at Lockup Studios Sydney, and mastered by Matthew Gray (Daysend, Powderfinger), the EP was commended for once again achieving a huge sound but never resorting to studio trickery; a core philosophy of the band. “Their sound is indeed unique, it is a progressive form of rock, but it’s tougher and more rugged than most prog rock and metal” (Rod Whitfield, Heavy Magazine).
2018 saw Red Bee unleash their second full length album, ‘SILENT ENEMY’, which fortified the evolution of the band’s songwriting, technical musicianship and vocal performances. Recorded with Chris Blancato (Bare Bones, Northlane, Arteries, DVSR), ‘SILENT ENEMY’ received widespread accolades for its dynamism, “balancing beauty with immense chaos … a masterclass in sheer heaviness” (Corin Shearston, Haze Magazine) and “a remarkable achievement from a highly skilled and creative band, one that isn’t afraid to continue to develop and evolve their approach while holding on to a signature sound” (Brian Giffin, Heavy Magazine). “There's no real taking the foot off the pedal here … a thrilling ride that mixes accessible stadium rock, tightly honed pub rock and deceptively progressive arrangements that never feel bogged down in trickery” (Bronwyn Thompson, Sydney Morning Herald). SILENT ENEMY was the catalyst for Red Bee playing larger stages supporting more high profile international and domestic acts, as well as hosting their own headline tours.
2020 sees the release of ‘KILLING TIME’, the first of a series of singles from RED BEE that underlines the band’s fierce independence and grassroots resourcefulness. Taking a guerrilla like approach to the writing and recording process, the band recorded ‘KILLING TIME’ in early 2020 at their practice studio; the first release to be recorded in their hometown within RED BEE’s twelve year history. Producer/engineer/mixer Matthew Templeman (Statues/Voyager/Havoc) was flown in from Perth to record and co-produce this new music.