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The Bees

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There have been several bands with the name The Bees.

1. The Bees (known as A Band Of Bees in America, owing to a rights conflict over their name) are a band from the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. Due to release their new album in October 2010. Formed in 2000, the band members are Aaron ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (bass), Paul Butler (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Kris Birkin (guitar), Tim Parkin (trumpet), Michael Clevett (drums) and Warren Hampshire (keyboards). Known for harking back to the and , with cheery and trips into the , The Bees record their albums in analog, notably recording their debut album in a garden shed.

To quote an Amazon review: “The best word to describe the music is bouncy — the Bees call on snappy drums and cheery basslines and guitar riffs for their sound, as well as some deeply moving Hammond organ. To finish off the sound, they inject some harmonies that would make the Zombies wipe away a tear of pride.”

Their influences cover , , and , with artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Burt Bacharach, Up the Junction era Manfred Mann, The Kinks and Small Faces.

In the USA The Bees are known as “A Band Of Bees” to avoid confusion with two local bands of the same name (see below):

2. The Bees was a San Gabriel Valley garage band that released one single in October of 1966, “Voices Green And Purple” backed with “Trip to New Orleans” as the B-side, on the Covina, California-based Liverpool Label. No other singles by this band were issued.

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