When trying to sum up the sound of the band Beekeeper, the group poses the questions: What if They Might Be Giants grew up listening to Nomeansno and Fugazi?
What if comedian Andy Kaufman was the wizard behind The New Pornographer’s curtain?
What if Cardiac’s and At The Drive-In overhauled Jimmy Eat World’s back catalogue?
Answer: You might get the band known as Beekeeper.
Beekeeper is described as an indie post-pop power trio from Vancouver consisting of comedian Devon Lougheed, protein synthesist Luke Cyca, and opera singer Brandi Sidoryk. The music blends together infectious hooks, stunning male/female harmonies, and unsettling math-rock dissonance. Beekeeper fuses the more experimental elements of the Southern Ontario independent scene with an earnestness that is uniquely West Coast. The music and live shows are apparently infused with good-natured twists, pranks, and hoaxes that keep listeners guessing.
BE KEPT is the debut record. The Georgia Straight has called it “a rambunctious debut packed with clever math-rock rhythms, cutesy boy-girl vocals, and off-the-cuff flourishes, that deserves a sack full of gold stars.” It tells the dramatic story of the life (and eventual death) of a lovelorn small-town ex-pat hell-bent on revenge. (Oh yeah, it also rocks pretty hard too).
The album has charted on campus radio stations across Canada, and lead single “Sudden Cuckoo” is in high rotation on CBC Radio3.
Beekeeper’s live show has been described as quirky, high-energy, and musically satisfying. Influenced heavily by Lougheed’s stand-up comedy experience, “beekeeper live” means fun, laughter, and dancing. The band has stated that it is not rare for a show to end with the entire audience grooving with them on stage.
Don’t miss Beekeeper performing this Saturday, October 22, at the Northern Bar and Stage in Fernie.
BY COLIN LOCK