Listening Station: Once Again, A Band Of Bees Takes Flight

Jun 18th, 2007 // 12 Comments

bandofbees.jpgLast fall, we griped about the fate of a U.K. rock-soul group called the Bees (a.k.a. A Band Of Bees), whose excellent albums have all been dumped into the marketplace with zilch support from its U.S. label, Astralwerks. Earlier this month, the group’s third effort, Octopus, was finally released here in the States–and once again, it was met with little or no fanfare. Come on, Astralwerks! What will it take to at least get these guys a few U.S. gigs? If it means having to say nice things about some Fatboy Slim/Air collaboration, we’re willing to do it.

A Band Of Bees – Who Knows What The Question Is? [MP3, link expired]
A Band Of Bees – Love In The Harbour [MP3, link expired]
The Bees [MySpace]


  1. derby

    All of their albums are very good, but seriously… their latest release is a terrific collection. Buy it now!

  2. Dan Gibson

    In an alternate universe (that might only exist inside my head), the Bees’ “Listening Man” is the big hit of the summer.

  3. coolfer

    i must take issue with your assertion that the albums have been dumped on the market with no support. that’s just not true. sales have been few and far between, but it’s not for lack of label effort. i sold the band’s records in my indie distribution days, and i can say firsthand that american listener’s support of the bees makes the manic street preachers look like oasis in comparison. the “should have been huge” attitude is out of touch with reality. the reality is that the bees have all the makings of a cult band loved by nobody other than print critics and bloggers. the reality is that the bees are just the latest of thousands of supposedly “sure-thing” british band that americans have ignored. it’s nobody’s fault. not every band can win over fans here — not even in the myspace era.

  4. brasstax

    Coolfer, a downer as usual.

  5. Brian Raftery

    I don’t think there’s anything in that post implying that these guys could be huge. But the label support has been next to nothing–I don’t think they’ve played in the states in years (if it all), and the new album was all but dumped on reporters at the last minute.

  6. MameDennis

    Love, love, love The Bees. Unfortunately, they’re probably destined to have an American fan base basically limited to Mojo readers.

    (And yes, I not only read Mojo, I bought “Octopus” from Amazon UK when it was released there.)

  7. Pop Cesspool

    I’m like, sitting here, pondering what happens when A Band of Bees and A Band Of Horses go head-to-head. Do the Horses outrun the Bees?

    It’s all very “Sister Mary Elephant.”

  8. joemono

    @Pop: The horses would outrun the bees, but it doesn’t matter ’cause they’re all getting shit on by a flock of seagulls flying overhead.

  9. Pop Cesspool

    @joemono: And then Jet shits all over the Seagulls.

  10. Tenno

    Then King Missle destroys Jet!

  11. illadelPharmD

    Agreed that it took quite a bit of digging to find these guys, but it’s hard not to be hooked after getting over the initial stupidity of “Chicken Payback.”

    And speaking of Ringo, “Who Know What the Question Is?” is very Starkey.

  12. Recury

    @Brian Raftery: They are played on the radio on a station here in Orlando. Heavily. It’s really annoying actually.

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