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Australia (2003 – present)

This is a press biography. It’s supposed to tell you about a band: Bumblebeez. But which Bumblebeez?

The cavalier beat-mongers from the Australian bush? The confrontational punks who supported Radiohead and royally pissed off their fans? The neon-flecked electro-rap outfit infiltrating clubland worldwide? Or the primal screamers behind breakbeat blues tracks like ‘Black Dirt’?

An intuitively eclectic outfit, and one whose personnel changes by the day - according to the whims and needs of chief Bumblebee, Chris Colonna - to try and pin down Bumblebeez, to sum them up in one bite-size sound-bite is to miss the point. Modern, contradictory, Bumblebeez are more a constantly mutating creative project than a band. As Colonna puts it: “We’ve never really known who the fuck we are.”

Now 25, Colonna has been making music forever. Growing up in Braidwood (pop. 1100), nr. Canberra, it was just one of the things that he and his mates would do, like playing soccer, riding motorbikes and generally wreaking havoc in the countryside.

Out there, in the bush, Colonna wasn’t privy to the nuances of Australia’s big city scenes, but he loved Nirvana and Public Enemy, Bumblebeez’ debut album, ‘Prince Umberto & The Sister Of Ill’, tellingly ripe with fat beats and frazzled guitars.


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