A Band of Bees Biography

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Birth Place: Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England
Years Active: 2001–present
Genres: Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock

The Bees are an English band that hail from Ventor on the Isle of Wight and are known in the United States as A Band of Bees. While the bees musical sound is generally classified as indie rock or psychedelic rock, the band have a colorful range of styles and influences, such as 1960's garage rock, country, reggae and jazz., all of which they incorporate into their music. The bees started out as a duo consisting of Paul Butler and Aaron Fletcher, who recorded their debut album “Sunshine Hit Me” in Butler's parents garden shed. Songs off the album were featured in various British commercials, which gained the duo lots of attention – and fans.

The Bees musical career began to explode with the 2002 Mercury Prize nomination for the “Sunshine Hit Me” album, spurning a major record label deal and catapulting the duo to a wider audience. This led to the formation of the actual band as is today with Kris Birkin, Michael Clevitt,Tim Parkin and Warren Hampshire joining the band. By 2004 the band were touring and had released their second offering. “Free the Bees,” which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and received rave reviews.

In 2005, due to the success of “Free the Bees,” the bees were asked to support Oasis and years later as the band put out their third album, “Octopus” they were offered a slot on tour with Madness and supported Paul Weller in the U.K. on selected dates of his "Winter Arena Tour". 2010 marked the release of the bees fourth album, “Every Step's A Yes” and a spot on the Glastonbuury Festival. More recently the bees have supported Fleet Foxes on their U.K. tour.