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December 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive
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There is something rather dark and mysterious about a band that takes its name from a classic Spanish film that focuses on its protagonist, a young girl, who becomes fascinated by the 1931 horror movie, Frankenstein. And with an album cover that portrays a child in a bee costume positioned in front of a tombstone saying, “Here Lies Mom-n-Dad Now Their Gone Isn’t That Sad,” you can’t help but be intrigued, if not a bit disturbed. The Spirit of the Beehive is a local fledgling outfit who has popped up on my radar this past year, appearing on numerous bills, oftentimes at DIY spaces. The band has further grabbed my attention with its debut self-titled full-length album, which was recorded by The Weaks/ex-Dangerous Ponies, Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and released via rising Philly indie label Ranch Records.  
 
The record’s opening track, “Roll Over,” begins with an eerie instrumentation before a languid female voice comes in with barely intelligible lines. “Cycles in and out of morphine hazes. Finding spaces between your floorboards. And I watch the dust move.” Thankfully the group provides us with lyrics on its Bandcamp page; otherwise, the beautifully poetic verses filled with drug-fueled imagery would be lost in the wash of power chords and feedback. “All lost in the black market. To wait in the fix aisle, I roll over.” You also get a sense of the band’s lo-fi, DIY aesthetic when you are abruptly taken out of the world, created by the album’s first, with studio chatter before moving on to the next track. With “Short Walk,” you can’t help but feel the influences of greats like Nirvana and more recently Creepoid with the hushed vocals and sonic bursts. These two tracks set the tone for the first half of the LP, where you travel in and out of the territories of dream pop and shoegaze when the female lead vocals grab a hold of you and then the grungier, harder-edged side takes over with the male lead. This juxtaposition provides quite an enjoyable balance that I actually wished went on longer throughout the record.
 
It’s not until “Ether,” where the two combine forces, changing the dynamic of their relationship. The title of the song suggests that you might be finding something more ethereal; however, the driving bass line provides a sense of urgency throughout the track. It also marks the point where the male lead begins to dominate the rest of the album, while taking on some of the characteristics of its counterpart. What remains a constant is a psychedelic, drug-filled angst full of guitar licks and distortion, giving off the vibe of a band that is here to rock, and they don’t care if you are ready for it or not.
 
The Spirit of the Beehive closes out their ambitious LP with the longest and cleanest sounding recording on the album, “Fever Dream,” demonstrating that they don’t need to hide behind studio effects, while making you wonder where their follow-up release will go next. It’s an eclectic and modern sounding record that also pulls from past genres I hold close to my chest. I highly recommend that you go download it ASAP. - Q.D. Tran

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


KNIFIGHT at Holy Mountain

KNIFIGHT is a strange beast. Influences of 80s synth are potent but they maintain a modern indie rock backbeat. Think Depeche Mode mixed with a  strange Modest Mouse dance vibe. Hipster dance party for sure. The five piece band - Patrick Marshall, John Hetherington, John Gable, Nick Cogdill and Nick Garrison - know how to keep the 80s vibes alive. This past year they released, "Now We're Invisible Revisited," a remake of their 2010 debut EP. KNIFIGHT plays Holy Mountain this Friday Dec. 12 where a portion of the proceeds benefit local Austin charities. So go get your synth on…it’s for a good cause. 

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Good Vibrations Music Fest

The tagline for Burger City Rock N Roll's Good Vibrations Fest says it all…"4 Days of peace, love and punk." Kicking off today and continuing through Dec. 7, the mini fest will take place over three venues, Hotel Vegas, Gypsy Lounge and The Grand. Local Austin acts like Ghetto Ghouls and Nameless Frames are part of the twenty plus lineup. Visiting bands will take part as well and y'all know it will be one hundred percent punk rock. Get more info about tix and set times here. Good vibes = good times. 

Weekend Highlights:

Friday Dec. 5

Hotel Vegas: Bad Sports 

Gypsy Lounge: Annabelle Chairlegs 

Sat Dec. 6

Hotel Vegas: Spray Paint

Gyspsy Lounge - Crooked Bangs 

Sun Dec.7

The Grand: Beth Israel

  

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Slomo Drags

It’s something about the end of the year months that make you desire nostalgia. Maybe it’s the holiday/family overload or just the fact that another year has drifted pass so quickly. Slomo Drags should be on your soundtrack for nights of red wine and memories. A mix of Big Star and Spoon, their Slomo Drags EP released this past March is indie pop perfect for any decade. Comprised of Jackson Albracht, Raul Alvarez, Adam Mason and Marcus Rubio they know how to package reverb, jangle pop and melancholy vocals into a delightful punch. They play tonight at Red 7 or catch them Dec. 6 at Holy Mountain.  

 

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