SHE KEEPS BEES
She Keeps Bees have announced some intimate dates for Europe in December, alongside the reissue of Nests album through BB*ISLAND, first time on vinyl.
Singer/guitarist Jessica Larrabee and partner drummer Andy LaPlant form the stripped down and atmospheric blues-rock Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees. Their most recent and fourth album 'Eight Houses', released in late 2014 through BB*Island and produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Wye Oak, Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) was highly praised internationally - "Hitherto visceral New York duo discover and deploy the power of subtlety.. In all, a fiery triumph"(Mojo Magazine) - and the accompanying tour dates left quite an impression.
Now, whilst waiting for a new, full-length follow up, we take the time to (re-)introduce a raw rocking gem: 'Nests', the bands first album as a duo, recorded in 2008 in their Brooklyn apartment. To celebrate this re-release, She Keeps Bees dive back into their pure, soulful, live rawness, including a London show at Moth Club.
Besides a regular retail version, there will be a limited edition (colored vinyl, different packaging), exclusively available through a ticket bundle for this concert.
"It was this raw dynamic which made debut album, Nests, stomp your attention into submission with Larrabee powering and purring away. (…) there was force and frustration; it’s an album driven by the snarl of the city streets, fighting for every square inch of its embattled escape from NYC’s confines. You could feel the clamour in Larrabee’s vocal as she willed and wailed to dominant effect" (BBC 'Nests' review)
A bass player is by reputation "the quiet guy" in the band. Until that special moment when he sheds his shell, for "still waters run deep", to use another commonplace. In the case of 29-year-old Simon Casier both clichés appear to hold true.
His goal in life is making music, his favourite occupation is being on stage. Well, near-favourite, because there is also this thing called love in his life. When at secondary school, Simon played in bands for which he also contributed compositions, but this past decade he has played his bass exclusively in groups that already included excellent songwriters, like Balthazar, Douglas Firs and Senne Guns' band. Throughout this period Simon has never stopped writing and recording songs, though, on guitar and piano. He could have released a debut album at least five times, but it was not until now that he thought the time was right. "The Afterglow is not a hotchpotch of everything that preceded its creation. I have written these songs within a period of just a few months, after my previous relationship ended and the present one started. Sometimes the lyrics should be taken literally, sometimes metaphorically. Its theme is universal and identifiable. One could easily do away with the largest part of pop-music if themes like the lack of love or being turned down were to be banned."
Tickets for the show are available now