Friday, August 5, 2011

Bee Control Self-titled 7 Inch (2011)

Kind of Like: Joan of Arc, Pelican, Milemarker
Genres: Punk, Hardcore
Preview: Punk News

"Bee Control is a hardcore trio composed of Dave Laney (Milemarker, Auxes, Challenger), Trevor de Brauw (Pelican, Tusk, Chord) and Theo Katsaounis (Joan of Arc, Locks, Hey Tonal, et al ad infinitum). The four quick blasts that comprise the tracklisting of the group’s debut 7″ are a distillation of the ferocity and simplicity of early 80′s hardcore with the willful avantisms and lyrical nihilism that informed the mid-90′s punk scene in which these musicians originally got their start. At the core of the EP is a desire to tap into the same fertile soil in which their musical lives originally took root, to recapture and reevaluate their youthful rage with wisened eyes, and to eradicate any misconceptions of middle aged contentment – the bitterness increases by the day."
-Band Blog

I went to the Great Big Pile of Leaves/Joan of Arc show last night.  The Summer Pledge opened, they played all new material and I like how things are going for them.  The lead singer said hopefully their new LP will be out in the fall.  I featured You are You on here already, so check that out.  Destroy this Place was next, and they were a fun little garage rock band.  I will probably feature them on here at some point.  A Great Big Pile of Leaves absolutely killed it.  They played a great collection of songs and it was a blast.  Joan of Arc....was somewhat disappointing.  They had a rough start.  They were using vintage small Fender amps and the one was on the fritz so they had to switch amps.  Then he had to switch guitars as well, and I'm not sure if the second guitar was tuned right because the first song was pretty rough.  They got better as they went along, but they never really carried the energy that a Great Big Pile of Leaves built up.

So, what does this have to do with this album?  Well this seven inch was on Joan of Arc's merch table.  It said "members of Joan of Arc and Pelican" and that sounded like a cool mix to me.  The result is an intense hardcore/punk album.  I know it doesn't sound like the bands that are in the "Kind of Like" but I figured the band members brought all their own influences from their past bands.  And quite frankly I'm feeling lazy.

Also, if you pick up the 7 inch (it's only 5 bucks), Side A is 45 rpm and Side B is 33 rpm.  Which is something I never have really seen before up until now.  Weird.

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