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Covered in Bees

Covered in Bees: Portland Death Punk Vol. 1Portland Death Punk Vol. 1 (2005)
The Entertainment Experiment

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Taking their biggest cues from `80s hardcore and horror punk -- of course, we're talking Misfits fans here -- Covered in Bees' debut album is a bit confusing at first, with vocals jumping between an over-done Danzig impression to throaty screaming, and silly song titles about monsters ("Zombees," "S.
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Taking their biggest cues from `80s hardcore and horror punk -- of course, we're talking Misfits fans here -- Covered in Bees' debut album is a bit confusing at first, with vocals jumping between an over-done Danzig impression to throaty screaming, and silly song titles about monsters ("Zombees," "Swampman" and "Spiderlady") and love ("Portland Is for Lovers" and "Revolutionary Theories on the Geometry of Heartbreak"). Are they serious?

"Swampman," with an almost Minutemen feel in the verse music, has vocalist Boo telling a story of being struck down by the monster's mighty sword in a comically ghost story-type voice. "Portland Is for Lovers," if you ignore the vocals, sounds like a muddier Hives, just rock and roll with frequent drum breaks under the group screams. The vocals alternate from gruff to more melodic.

To clarify, Covered in Bees are not from Oregon, this is Portland, Maine we're talking about, a city that appears to have quite an incestuous scene. From what I can tell, every member in this band is also in at least one other band, with names like Pigboat, Confusatron, the Pontiffs, Eggbot, and No!. But Covered in Bees appears to have come out on top, taking the awards for "Best Punk Band" and "Best Live Act" in their hometown alternative paper's (The Providence Phoenix) Best Music Poll 2006.

The best thing about Covered in Bees is that they really do seem to be having fun, and it's an entertaining listen. I don't think they take themselves or their "horror" element all that seriously, and just have a good time with it. For example, the secret track (probably called "Bride of Swampman"), is a ballad complete with acoustic guitar and later, a cock-rock solo, with rhymes like "Need a rock, he'll be a pillar / don't forget he's a cold-blooded killer."

For a style of music that can be very constricting, Covered in Bees vary things nicely while still maintaining their identity, from the typical hard-and-fast double-time in "Drop in the Bucket" to the near metalcore of "Leather Gypsy," the `80s style pop-metal of "Spiderlady" to the swing beat and dynamic variation in "Skull and Crossroads," and their tendency to just go gritty rock and roll. I was turned off at first, but with the realization of fun and silliness, along with a little time, Covered in Bees won me over.

 

 
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Anonymous (August 14, 2006)

No, they suck.

Anonymous (August 13, 2006)

they might not be good, but at least they are awesome.

Anonymous (August 12, 2006)

I bet 99% of the people reading this don't even know who Covered In Bees is. I can tell you what they aren't: good, and that's for sure.

inagreendase (August 11, 2006)

Poster directly below: Unfortunately, this was a review of the band's album, not live show.

Why does sudden defense to panning reviews (of which this wasn't even one) from fans so often depend on the band's live show? Is it not understood the album is being reviewed?

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

Being "turned off at first" would never had happened for the writer of this article, had he seen the band live before taking a listen to the album. The band attacks many genres in the music world. They do what they do so well it's their own. Not only do they take the music "not too seriously" they approach life that way. Live, the overall energy of the band is spastic, intense, and fun. Watching the fans only compounds that feeling. The members of the band are real enough to want to spend time with. No doubt, some of my favorite people and one of my favorite bands.

misfitgirl (August 11, 2006)

Glad to see you caught the element of fun... that seems to be the one thing these guys are really about, besides just plain ROCK! Ask any of the band's fans, and they'll tell you how little attitude you get at a live Bees show! Everyone is just there to have a damn good time with their friends. *grin*

Great review, man!

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

Careful Dane

Vincent_M (August 11, 2006)

Fuck bees. If I ever got attacked by bees, I would punch every bee in the face. Now...flying horses, that's some scary shit.

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