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Listen to the title track from the upcoming Spirit of the Beehive album

Spirit of the Beehive
Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Listening to a new Spirit of the Beehive song is a lot like putting a puzzle together. Every few bars the band can veer into a new style, redefining your expectations of their artistry.

Their latest single, “hypnic jerks”, the title track of their upcoming LP, seems miles from the sludgy shoegaze of their 2014 debut. It’s stiff and upbeat, shifting between time signatures and musical textures with perfect ease. The detached vocals recall the disaffected post-punk of Parquet Courts, while the offbeat instrumental passages sound inspired by 70’s prog. Continue reading →

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Spirit of the Beehive shares “d​.​o​.​u​.​b​.​l​.​e​.​u​.​r​.​o​.​n​.​g.” from new album Hypnic Jerks

Spirit of the Beehive
Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Spirit of the Beehive are in full record release prep mode, but with a band like this there’s no such thing as business as usual. Ever unpredictable in their sound, the band is back with a second single, “d​.​o​.​u​.​b​.​l​.​e​.​u​.​r​.​o​.​n​.​g.,” from their forthcoming album Hypnic Jerks, out September 14. This will be Spirit of the Beehive’s third full length album, and it comes just over a year after their last one, Pleasure Suck. Continue reading →

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Spirit of the Beehive straddles dreams and reality on “Can I Receive The Contact” from new LP Hypnic Jerks

Spirit of the Beehive
Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Spirit of the Beehive is releasing their third full-length album, Hypnic Jerks in September 2018 via Tiny Engines. The title refers to the involuntary twitch you might sometimes experience while beginning to fall asleep, a jerked knee or flung arm wrenching you back into reluctant wakefulness. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Spirit of the Beehive and Abi Reimold will open for The Districts at Union Transfer

The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

We’re very excited for The Districts‘ forthcoming third LP Popular Manipulations around here at Key HQ, especially after watching them slay five new songs from the record at NonCOMM last week. To make their August 11th album release party at Union Transfer even more of an event, the band just announced the openers for the show, and it’s turned into a tremendous all-Philly bill. Continue reading →

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Listening to a Dementor: Spirit of the Beehive on channeling the emotional spectrum for Pleasure Suck

Spirit of the Beehive | photo courtesy of the artist
Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Pat Conaboy, drummer of Spirit of the Beehive, stands his bed, which is just a mattress, up against the wall of his bedroom so that the rest of the band can fit their amps, a synth and other gear for practices. The room is densely filled — stepping on cables strewn about the floor is unavoidable. Upon entering, each member of the band is laughing as if they’re old friends just hanging out, beers already in hand. But not long before that cymbals stopped ringing and the amps are now being turned off as practice is being wrapped up. Continue reading →

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The Spirit of the Beehive continue to please with pleasure suck’s surreal “Cops Come Looking” vid

The Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit of the Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

As we draw ever closer to the release of The Spirit of the Beehive’s new album, pleasure suck, there’s plenty to be excited about. Late last year, they signed to Tiny Engines, and just last month, they shared the video for the album’s queasy first single, “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”. Now we’re getting another music video for “Cops Come Looking”, and like its predecessor, it does not disappoint. Continue reading →

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Watch The Spirit Of The Beehive’s queasy new video for “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”

The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Last November, The Spirit Of The Beehive signed to Tiny Engines with promise of a their sophomore LP on the way. That promise is finally coming to fruition, as Pleasure Suck, their first for the new label, is out this March 24th. In anticipation of its release, they’ve shared its first single, “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”. It comes paired with a colorful, psychedelic visual, and you can stream it below. Continue reading →

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The Spirit Of The Beehive sign to Tiny Engines, prep release of sophomore LP

Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Philly noise rockers The Spirit Of The Beehive have just signed to North Carolina’s Tiny Engines, joining fellow Philly acts like Mannequin Pussy and Cayetana. Just last week, the indie label announced that, for a limited time, they would be donating  all digital proceeds to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center, and now, they’re gearing up for the release of TSOTB’s sophomore LP. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Heart Harbor at Tin Angel, Rene Marie at Exit 0 Jazz Fest, and Spirit of the Beehive at the First Unitarian Church

Heart Harbor 0 Jessica Kourkounis
Heart Harbor | Photo by Jessica Kourkounis | courtesy of the artist | Kourkounis.com

So, you might have heard that night two of Key Fest is tonight. If you like punk/indie rock, it’s going to be awesome. If you like good music in general, it’s going to be awesome. But, this is Philly, which means there are always plenty of other concerts going on. Here are three other concerts happening tonight. Heart Harbor is the project of Kerry Hallet. But while Hallet is grounded by a singer-songwriter character, her music is recorded with a full band and is overflowing with catchy pop hooks. Think Aimee Mann but with a more upbeat, carefree sound. Hallet just released her debut EP, Tender Trap, and will be celebrating the occasion with a show at Tin Angel. Read Hallet’s conversation with The Key here, and grab tickets to the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Start 2016 off right with Creepoid, The Spirit of the Beehive, Dead Heavens, and more at Everybody Hits

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

For a while, the New Years Eve concert scene in Philly was looking a bit bleak. There was one big name — A Sunny Day in Glasgow performing at Johnny Brenda’s — but that was about it. Fortunately, as 2015 winds to a close, more and more shows are starting to trickle onto our radar. Yesterday we announced that Nothing will be playing at Boot & Saddle, and today we bring you even more good news: Punk favorites Creepoid, who released their new album Cemetery Highrise Slum back in June. Continue reading →