Bee vs. Moth, the Austin-based jazz-punk group have been described as “a mix between Ornette Coleman and Television”(Bob Boilen, NPR), have released the first track from their forthcoming album, Shelter In Place. “Problems With Crowds” begins with a surf rock feel, as new wave synths collide with driving drums. The song then becomes a melting pot of intricate sounds, as saxophone melodies battle with wild guitar. In one word — awesome.
Bee vs. Moth was created in 2004 by bassist Philip Moody and drummer Sarah Norris. Since then, the band has grown into a diverse and rotating cast, known for creating ambitious arrangements that have appeared in film and television scores, original videos and live shows in Austin and throughout the country. Shelter In Place serves as the band’s third album, following after Acronyms (2010) and their debut album, Soundhorn (2007). Unlike its predecessors, this third album utilizes an assortment of sounds including strings, saxes, brass, organ and percussion. Shelter In Place will be released on Sept. 9 on CD and digital download. The band will then embark on a U.S. tour date, with their first show on Sept. 19 at Austin’s very own Spider House Ballroom.
Listen to “Problems with Crowds” from Bee. vs. Moth below.