FOMO #17. Wednesday 06.13.12: SEA OF BEES and SISTER CRAYON with CHURCHES @ Echo (8:30 pm)

WHAT SEA OF BEES SOUNDS LIKE: http://soundcloud.com/bayareanative/sea-of-bees-wizbot

WHAT THEIR VIDEOS LOOK LIKE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMrsSlpve6U

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS OUT:

Sea of Bees is Julie Ann Bee, or Jules, for short. Robin Hilton, NPR radio host describes her and her music perfectly: “If I had to sum her up in a sentence, she’s sort of a female Sparklehorse. Her music is rooted very much in folk and rock but wildly experimental; some crazy, beautiful, wonderful sounds on her new album “Songs for the Ravens.” On my top 10 for the year.” 

Baenziger grew up in Roseville, captivated by the music in her church. She soon  taught herself how to play guitar and then left her church to begin writing her own songs. Just a year ago she was asked to play bass and sing backup vocals for the band Find Me Fighting Them, and then began recording with the band The Hangar. However, the studio owner discovered her beautiful voice, and her four song EP  Bee Eee Pee was born. Now she has a debut album, “Songs for the Ravens.”

"Julie Ann Baenziger’s debut album as Sea of Bees is suspended between two polarised but equalling poleaxing emotional states: the dizzying headiness of new, intensely felt love and the devastation of rejection. But just as the sun beats relentlessly on her home town of Sacramento, California, Baenziger’s essentially sunny personality radiates from every lysergic note, making it hard to distinguish desire from despair in the haze of passionate feeling. Her lyrics read like a teenage diary, solipsistic and sometimes startling in their innocence. In Wizbot, she sings of how a girlfriend’s "rosy cheeks" make her feel "like a little girl inside"; in Willis, love is "bigger than the sea, bigger than me, so wide it’s bigger than the tide". Her voice, too, is high and childish, floating above fuzzing guitars, shivers of static and flickering electric drums. It’s a lovely sound, and a heartfelt one, but not always as affecting as it might be." - The Guardian

WHAT SISTER CRAYON SOUNDS LIKE: http://www.last.fm/music/Sister+Crayon

WHAT THEIR VIDEOS LOOK LIKE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BklxcL7li_o

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS OUT: 

Sister Crayon is made up of vocalist Terra Lopez, Dani Fernandez who plays backing tracks, and after about a year, introduced keys player Genarro Ulloa and drummer Nicholas Suhr. 

Sister Crayon hails from Sacramento and already have been featured on Pitchfork, have played San Francisco’s Noise Pop music festival, SXSW and just released their debut album “Bellow” through Mamimal Vinyl.

Mike Diver from BBC gave a great review on their latest album “Bellow” - “On Ixchel, the Lady Rainbow, Lopez is accompanied almost exclusively by a simple piano – the effect is utterly mesmerizing. It’s real stop-what-you’re-doing fare, exquisite in its stark beauty…Lopez is aided by three members contributing wonderfully detailed and textural backdrops, which fluctuate between the warm organic pulse of Here We Never Die to the clattering percussion and woozy organ of And Glass…, sometimes supported by choral vocals which lend additional depth to pieces that are already infinity mirror-like in scope. (In) Reverse could be the greatest single Rihanna’s never released, mixing RnB sensibilities with classical grandeur. It’s one sign, among many, that influences at work aren’t restricted to the rock/indie spectrum.”

If you are a fan of Warpaint or School of Seven Bells, which they have previously toured with, you must definitely give Sister Crayon a listen.

Sea of Bees and Sister Crayon are coming to the Echo with Churches Wednesday 06.13.12 at 8:30 pm!

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