Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Austin genre-benders Bee vs. Moth announce new album and tour dates

August 10th, 2010

“Hard ear candy for your soft inner child.” -- Audra Schroeder, Austin Chronicle

Austin, Texas' wild and brassy quintet Bee vs. Moth has announced a fall 2010 release for its latest album, Acronyms. Midwest tour dates have also been released (see below), with more to follow. 

Bee vs. Moth exists somewhere between Tom Waits' rumpled New Orleans jazz and a maniacal Beirut gone instrumental: the melodies are strong and boisterous yet the music is subtle and clever. The band has one foot in the world of jazz and creative improvisation, and the other firmly planted on a distortion pedal. With surprising instrumentation, innovative songwriting, quirky melodies, and a healthy sense humor, Bee vs. Moth plays music that defies traditional categories. 

Check out MP3s for "Salisbury Steakhouse" (HERE) and "I Listen To Coffee All Day" (HERE). Watch the video for "Ugly Is the New Black" HERE

Bassist Philip Moody and drummer Sarah Norris started Bee vs. Moth with a pile of odd music they wrote together, and in 2004 began performing around Austin. The band has since grown into a five-piece ensemble with ambitious arrangements featured in film and television scores, original videos, and live shows in Austin and throughout the country. Bee vs. Moth’s second studio album, Acronyms, will be released in September 2010. The record follows the band’s 2007 debut, Soundhorn, and 2009’s Turkey Sandwiches, an online release of recordings made live on tour.

Bee vs. Moth’s upcoming calendar is full of new projects. A fall Midwestern tour follows on the heels of the record release. Live action and animated music videos directed by Stephen Floyd and Jessica Dreesen will feature tracks from Acronyms. Two of the band’s songs are featured in the 2010 season of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation. In conjunction with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the band will write and perform an original score for the 1928 Buster Keaton classic, The Cameraman.

Bee vs. Moth’s musical family is a big one. Band members perform and collaborate with Austin projects Benko, The Invincible Czars, My Education, Flying Balalaika Brothers, New Music Co-op, Golden Hornet Project, and others. In 2011, Bee vs. Moth will re-imagine the symphonic masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition and score this Mussorgsky / Ravel classic for a double band with The Invincible Czars.

Bee vs. Moth live:
10/01    Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine's 
10/02    Columbia, MO @ The Blue Fugue
10/05    Lake Villa, IL @ Swing State
10/07    Chicago, IL @ Reggie's 
10/09    Denton, TX @ Andy's Bar

Artist: Bee vs. Moth
Album: Acronyms
Label: Aggraveire Music
Release Date: September 6th, 2010

01. Salisbury Steakhouse (MP3)
02. Now More Than Ever
03. Tuesday in Tuskegee
04. Peter Benko
05. The Sky and the Dirt Earth
06. All Hail Freedonia
07. ICP on Parade
08. Mexican Noise Soda
09. Pennies from Hell
10. I Listen to Coffee All Day (MP3)
11. Gor's Apparatus
12. Ugly is the New Black (VIDEO)

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Bee vs. Moth are available for interviews. For more information, please contact Dave Clifford at dave@usthemgroup.com

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