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Drawn From Bees return from 2013 hiatus with a Free Digital Release and Residency

DFB2013 was a year of change for Drawn from Bees, with iconic lead guitarist, Raven Danger Jones, retiring from the band. Followed by a period of unrest, discontent and failed attempts to work on recording new material, the band went into hiding.

Towards the end of the year, DFB rediscovered their mojo and began to work on material that will be in a forthcoming EP, due for release in May. During the songwriting process on a rainy Brisbane summer afternoon, Dan, Stew and Matt wrote and recorded Song for Mary Lou.
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Giveaway: “Drawn From Bees” double pass and CD box set!

To celebrate the Drawn from Bees “Fear Not” National Tour, we’re excited to offer a fantastic Drawn From Bees giveaway! … See below for details.

  Arriving back to Australia after showcase performances for Musexpo and Music Matters across the UK, USA and Hong Kong, Drawn from Bees are about to jump right back on a plane to Sydney to embark on a national tour in support of their May 21 released album Fear Not The Footsteps Of The Departed.

Fear Not… is the band’s most multi-layered and complex release to date, juxtaposing Drawn from Bees’ most heartbreakingly beautiful songs with their most intellectual rock concepts and experimental soundscapes – sampling choirs and iPhones alike amongst almost spiritual laments of loss and love.

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Drawn from Bees “Fear Not” National Tour – July 2010

  Arriving back to Australia after showcase performances for Musexpo and Music Matters across the UK, USA and Hong Kong, Drawn from Bees are about to jump right back on a plane to Sydney to embark on a national tour in support of their May 21 released album Fear Not The Footsteps Of The Departed.

Fear Not… is the band’s most multi-layered and complex release to date, juxtaposing Drawn from Bees’ most heartbreakingly beautiful songs with their most intellectual rock concepts and experimental soundscapes – sampling choirs and iPhones alike amongst almost spiritual laments of loss and love.

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CD Review: Drawn From Bees – “Run Away”

Review: Victoria Nugent

Drawn From Bees   The latest offering from Brisbane art rock band Drawn from Bees is their new single Run Away, a melodious, Powderfinger-esque sample of their particular brand of indie rock.

Honest lyrics are teamed with a full-bodied acoustic sound to produce this mellow sounding single, hinting at more good things to come from the band’s upcoming album –

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Drawn from Bees International Showcases – USA, Hong Kong & UK

Drawn From Bees   Brisbane’s hardest-working purveyors of melodic rock Drawn from Bees are this week packing their finest cufflinks and vintage suits in preparation for their debut international appearances – first stop USA, followed by Hong Kong and UK.

Drawn from Bees were handpicked to represent Queensland in the international music stakes, kicking off the expedition for new audiences at West Hollywood’s Whiskey A Go Go this Sunday April 25 as part of Musexpo LA. Following up with further showcase invitations at Music Matters Hong Kong and Musexpo London, 2010 is set to be the international year for the quartet who have already picked up airplay across various stations in the USA.

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The Lost Weekend Festival – Change of Venue

dinosourjr   Having seen a need for a camping and music festival easily accessible to the music fans of Brisbane, the team behind Sounds Of Spring planned The Lost Weekend which was to be involve three days of camping and music situated less than an hour from Brisbane’s CBD.

Unfortunately issues beyond the promoter’s control have made running the event in the way that they envisaged impossible, and have forced the inaugural The Lost Weekend to be moved to the picturesque Brisbane Riverstage and Botanical Gardens.

The festival will no longer be a camping event and will now be held on Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7, with the same diverse and exciting selection of international, interstate and local acts performing over three stages between 10am and 10pm on both days, still making it the perfect end to the festival season.
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Live Review | Sounds of Spring 2009 (part 2)

Review By Jose Eduardo Cruz
Photo by Matt Palmer

MammalAfter overcoming security guards that were more intent on removing bottled water from punters then checking bags for dangerous items, I entered the RNA to a sea of people ready to have a good time. There was an incredible amount of space for everyone to move around in; there were plenty of real toilets, not those disgusting portaloo’s made famous by Kenny, and sufficient shade to shelter during the midday sun.
The first band on the agenda was Melodyssy on the Trash Stage.
With a sizable crowd present, Melodyssy dive into a powerful set. Unfortunately, the mix was way too bass driven and overpowered the guitar and vocals. Overall, they managed to please those that stayed around to listen to their whole set.

After The Fall at the Main Stage begin to warm things up with their danceable vibrant set. The crowd was rather tame considering the high energy these guys were putting out. Nevertheless, a masked Mexican wrestler and Barney Rubble made an appearance in the crowd which was duly noted by their front man.

Next in line was Dead Letter Circus and the first sing along of the festival gets started. These guys are professional and could be the next big thing potentially taking over the spot currently held by The Butterfly Effect. The pit was still subdued and only until their front man decided to jump from the stage and acquaint himself with the front row that the energy in the pit picked up. We see the first crowd surfers and the crowd ignites. In a gesture that will make everyone remember them, Dead Letter Circus started to throw multiple bottles of water into the crowd. DLC proclaim that “Sounds Of Spring” is the best festival and that there are “No glow sticks here!!”

Now I will dedicate several more words to the next band for they were, for me, by far the best band in the line up. Mammal exploded onto the stage with Ezekiel Ox wearing a pair of bull horns through the entire first song. The entire pit was electric and fed off every move from the entire band. Mid set things got a little interesting. Mr. Ox pointed to the Australian flag and explained why he did not associate himself with it. He pointed to the Aboriginal flag fixed to his mic and pledged his allegiance to Indigenous Australians. Not ever having associated Mammal with a political stance, it’s a pleasure to see and hear some level of social commentary in such a massive public gathering. Perhaps not the best delivery, considering alcohol and ignorance can lead to violent patriotism, but nonetheless an excellent move. It does not stop there, Mr. Ox decided to dive into the crowd, crowd surf his way to the middle of the pit while signing and carrying on a call and response. Looking forward to documenting this band in the near future.

Shihad, the on again off again band from across the pacific, jump on stage with their trade mark low rider guitars and embark on a greatest hits set. They struggle to get the crowd motivated enough, but it’s a hard task having to follow Mammal. The regulatory sing along is carried out as is the diving into the crowd.

As 5pm approached, the sun begun to set and people begun to tire and the ample grass space was taken over by sleepy bodies. Anticipating the forecasted dust storm, I made my way to a more protected area within the RNA.

Something with Numbers on the Triple J stage was an interesting band. They had the whole tent from the front to the back dancing. In between songs, I was approached by a fairy, which seem to come out a lot at festivals, and given a present. Before she left she said for me to dance and continue having fun.

The Beautiful Girls is a special band that is always well received wherever they play. Two new songs are debuted and near the end of their show they had the crowd singing to a Phil Collins classic. “I can feel it in the air tonight”, “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life”… very appropriate considering the dust storm that hit Brisbane that night.

Blue King Brown is received by a much smaller crowd then they are used to. They are always cultural, political and acknowledging. The fusion of latin, reggae and rock has made them the premier band in Australia within their genre. However, this is the third time watching this band and although I am a big fan, the format of their performance has been the same the three times I have seen them. My fear is that they will be overexposed and quickly become stale. Nevertheless, they are one of the best Australian independent bands. This reviewer just hopes that something new begins to happen in their shows.
As yet another festival draws to a close, Josh Pyke gently sends everyone home with his beautiful sound.

Overall this was one of the best festivals I have ever attended. The atmosphere was excellent, there were no overly drunk idiots ruining the day for someone else, the punters were very calm and respectful and even with a dust storm that made everything seem apocalyptic, fun was had by everyone. We all await 2010 with anticipation.

BIG SOUND 2009 Summit & Showcases : Free MP3 Downloads

BIG SOUND 2009 Summit & Showcases http://www.bigsound.org.au
  Download 20 free Big Sound – New Music Sampler tracks.by clicking the Big Sound image.

The Live program is bigger than ever this year, with over 60 acts, including Robert Schneider (The Apples in Stereo – USA), The Airborn Toxic Event (USA), Bob Evans (WA), Bertie Blackman (NSW), Old Man River (NSW), The Middle East (QLD) and more, taking the stage across two nights at 6 venues throughout the Fortitude Valley.

See www.bigsound.org.au for the full program of 60 live acts, and to book tickets.
(Artist List Below)
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Sounds Of Spring 2009: 3rd Artist Lineup Announcement

Just when you thought Sounds of Spring 2009 couldn’t get any better…another 23 acts join us to round-out the line-up

Related: Interview: Tex Perkins on Sounds of Spring, Album and Film Scores

Sounds of Spring    Tex Perkins, Salmonella Dub, Something With Numbers, Kram, Calling All Cars, Midnight Youth, Mary Trembles, MM9, Jericco, Ouch My Face, Astronomy Class, Coalition Crew, Omni Anti featuring DINO, Root!, Further, Amity Affliction, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Grand Atlantic, The Scare, Mexico City, Melodyssey, Nova Scotia, Drawn From Bees.

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Live Review: Drawn From Bees @ The Troubadour, Brisbane 26 June 2009

Drawn From Bees, Only The Sea Slugs, Ball Park Music @ The Troubadour, Brisbane June 26, 2009
Review and Photo: Stephen Goodwin

Drawn From Bees   The poppy, youthful innocence that local six-piece “Ball Park Music” exudes proves the perfect antidote for a rainy, miserable Friday night. The pure boy-girl harmonies of Samuel Cromack and Jennifer Boyce are instantly appealing, while jangly guitar hooks are nicely rounded by lashings of keys and trombone. Bright and joyous, they bounce along – seemingly without effort. It’s the early comers’ loss that nearly all are determined to be wallflowers.

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Sunday Selection: Drawn from Bees : 21 June 2009

LifeMusicMedia Sunday Selection is your weekly view to Queensland Artists

Drawn from Bees    With their compelling live show and a much-loved storybook 2008 debut EP, The Boy and the Ocean, Drawn from Bees, have grown their now devoted audience to a respectful size in the time-honoured way, by quietly winning people over, one show at a time.

The band set themselves the ambitious task of writing, recording and releasing a new batch of music every six months. In late 2008 they begged, borrowed and stole to piece together a much more expansive body of work.

March 2009 marked their second release, a new collection of 9 musical stories entitled, And the Blind Shall Lead the Way, delving into rich Russian-chorale influenced vocal harmonies and melody-laden Australian art-rock.

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