A thing that happens when you write about music every day is that your brain gets really efficient at categorizing the sounds you hear. I'm not specifically talking about genre (although that's part of it); you also get really good at isolating individual parts of a track and figuring out its sonic ancestry. And I know for some folks, that makes enjoying music more difficult. They see it all as a disconnected hodgepodge of things other people did first. I look at it differently. The language of music is a vast, interconnected web and this osmosis of genre and technique and the building blocks of these musical languages is an act of cross-generational, cross-cultural inspiration. And Joplin, MO alt-pop rockers Me Like Bees
are a band that are making those inspirations new again.
We've got the exclusive premiere of the band's new lyric video for their track, "Changes," and if you're a person that gets their kicks from exploring the roots of a band's sound, it's a visceral delight. You've got the raw, ragged vocals of mid-period of Modest Mouse. There's the hook-driven, slanted guitar riffs of early Vampire Weekend, and there's even a healthy dose of ska-tinged, Mighty Mighty Bosstones-esque horns to punctuate the pulsating rhythm of the track.
The band's new EP, There Will Be Time
, is due out April, 8th, and can be pre-ordered here