Monday, September 21, 2020

The Beekeepers - Song Demos Cassette


Self Released (2019)

I get a decent amount of tapes sent to me to review.  I hate tapes.  But, I don't mind hearing new bands, so when there is one that's good, it makes the slog worth it.  Unfortunately the vast, vast majority of the tapes that get sent to me are terrible (excluding most of those sent by Snappy Little Numbers, their track record is significantly higher than everyone else's).  Like really, really bad high school style punk rock bands.  Everyone has to start somewhere, and I get that, but that doesn't mean you have to send your tape to me.  I'll feel an obligation of guilt to actually write about the stupid thing.

That said, every so often a pretty decent tape slips through.  This Beekeepers cassette is one of them.  It's not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it's also not terrible.  Jangle heavy guitars shimmering along to vaguely 60s style pop rock.  There's a hippie vibe for sure, but at least they've got the pop part down.  All of the songs have nice, melodic verses and reasonably catchy choruses.  Where they lose me a bit is the vocals.

The voice is something that will take some getting used to.  There's definitely something of a Muppets/Kermit vibe to them, which isn't inherently bad, but I found it a little bit distracting as I went through the tape.  Song Demos is a reasonably pleasant little cassette.  I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up, but you could do worse than spending a few minutes digging through their songs on Bandcamp.

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