Reviews for our latest album, Shelter in Place:
The jazzy stylings of Bee vs. Moth are imbued with a punk effervescence. - Brice Ezell
Here Comes The Flood
Genre redefining bands are rare, but Bee vs. Moth has found a new way to present jazz. Throw in a bit of cheesy organ, dip it in DIY punk attitude and get freaky sounding music about halfway Frank Zappa and The Residents. Try to dance to it and you will fall over. - Hans Werksman
Okay so this is more like it. Skronky Stickmen guitars, gangster flick power-horns, Thelonious Monk harmonies Ė Austinís Bee vs. Moth are kind of my dream band. - Matt Parish
One minute it sounds like something from Miles Davisí Bitches Brew, the next itís Pharaoh Sanders, then The Minutemen, then Santana and back to Sun Ra free-for-alls... Driven hard by original drummer Sarah Norris, the instrumental band stirs a swirling tornado of brass, guitar, percussion, organ and strings, all while shifting tempos at whim.
It sounds like it could be chaos, but itís not.
Pittsburgh In Tune
If you like your jazz delivered with a healthy heaping of experimental rock edge, Iím guessing veteran trio Bee vs. Moth are right up your alley. - Jeffrey Sisk
Reviews for our 2010 album, Acronyms:
NPR Music: All Songs Considered
I fall in love with maybe two, maybe three jazz records a year. But every once in a while something comes along and perks me up. I hear the sounds of Ornette Coleman and the band Television. And sometimes in the same song. - Bob Boilen
Like the bands Beirut, Slaraffenland and A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Bee vs. Moth rip boundaries from a musical style customarily defined by a time and place. Imagine the Preservation Hall Jazz Band giving up chairs to Albert Ayler, Fred Frith and Kurt Weill – all of whom show up with sketches of compositions they are interested in playing. - Phil Gallo
The Austin Chronicle
Take the opening clamor of "Salisbury Steakhouse" into the more subdued mood music of "Now More Than Ever" and "Tuesday in Tuskegee," and this instrumental quintet's second and latest is a study in symmetry. Though Bee vs. Moth's tempos can change on a whim, there's never a feeling of disarray. Saxophone and trumpet make more discreet entrances, the guitar is taut, and there's poise in the noise. - Audra Schroeder
The fun factor is off the hook – they pin the needle in the red. They’re part jazz, part noise-rock, and part movie theme music. Their compositions are very clever, but there’s just as much improvisation going on and that’s just as clever. Interplay is everywhere throughout this album: instruments converse, argue, twirl each other across the floor, blow up in each others’ faces and then make up.
Let this be a lesson to us all, then: this is your brain when you "listen to coffee all day." It apparently becomes some glorious freaked up mash of Ravel's "Bolero" in a blender.... From what we've heard, it's the expectedly unexpected from the group—their brand of crazy that falls somewhere between jazz and Zappa (Jazzappa!?).
This is Book's Music
Bee vs. Moth are a quintet out of Austin, Texas that combine a crunchy means of rocking out with intricate instrumental passages and arrangements...and use instruments normally associated with jazz. You could tap your feet or fingers to this, but this is about a band who want you to bang your head hard, but without feeling too much like an idiot. ...Just when you expect for them to take a song to a direction you feel is right, they do you one better. - John Book
The Silent Ballet
Acronyms improves on the band's 2007 debut, Soundhorn, with crisper mastering and a wider variety of sounds. The quirky turns of phrase and giddy passages of controlled improvisation are retained, although some of the current cuts are more radio-friendly. The quintet's jazz tendencies are cut with post-rock, lending the project an air of the unclassifiable.... The unexpected pleasure is that some of these instruments (flute, tenor sax, intonarumori) are seldom used outside of the more staid genres, where they often seem buttoned-up; here, they are free to cut loose. - Richard Allen
If you could imagine the manic genius of Miles trading off against Charlie Parker through the eyes of Zach Condon whilst he's sat in a Parisian café off his gourd on dodgy French wine then this would be the outcome.
Press for our original film score for Ernst Lubitsch's The Oyster Princess:
SXSW Film Festival
An interview with Sarah for the festival, who commissioned us to debut the score at SXSW 2012.
It's no wonder that the members of Austin's avant garde quintet, Bee vs. Moth chose this film to re-score when the SXSW FIlm Festival commissioned them to perform a new work at the fest: In many ways it’s the perfect film for the new gilded age of 2012 and kudos to Bee vs. Moth for resurrecting and renewing this nearly 100-year-old classic for modern audiences. Austinís Bee vs. Moth offer a taste of what makes them one of the standout groups in a city positively teaming with musicians.
Bee vs. Moth, the striking avant rock/jazz ensemble based in Austin, may be feeling a little bit of serendipity in the air. They will provide a live score during the screening of Ernst Lubitsch's 1919 silent comedy The Oyster Princess Thursday at noon at the Alamo Ritz and everyone they mention the project to, immediately responds "like The Artist?"
Lights, Camera, Austin
KOOP 91.7's program dedicated to film interviews Philp and Sarah about The Oyster Princess.
Local film fiends interview Sarah about the project.
The Austin Chronicle
The Oyster Princess, an hour-long comedy from 1919, contains everything we have come to recognize as the Lubitsch Touch. The silent comedy tells the story of a rich oyster king and his daughter, Ossi, who becomes obsessed with the idea of marrying a prince. Her father locates an eligible monarch, who in turn sends his emissary, which leads to a royal mix-up.
Press for our original film score for Buster Keaton's The Cameraman:
The Austin Chronicle
This Austin quintet's latest, Acronyms, is the sound of screwball comedy making eyes at jazzy instrumentals. They're the perfect soundtrackers, changing tempos on a whim and coloring scenes with free-form gusto. Performing their own live score to 1928 Buster Keaton silent screwballer The Cameraman? Piece of cake, especially when a monkey's involved. - Audra Schroeder
Fox 7 Austin
A live appearance to play a piece from the film, including a small kazoo solo by Joe Bickett.
Austin Rockin' - Raoul Hernandez (Austin Chronicle)
Bee vs. Moth's arty post-punk is a direct descendant of XTC's weirder moments.
The Austin Chronicle
If Danny Elfman hadn't scored Forbidden Zone, Austin's Bee vs. Moth could have done a pretty good job.... Hard ear candy for your soft inner child.
- Audra Schroeder
KVRX 91.7 FM Austin
Bee vs. Moth: these folks play quirky, eclectic, clever, energetic, subtle, playful little ditties, and their live show is quite fun.... Wacky and serious at the same time, holding simple and technical elements in dynamic tension, displaying serious chops and ability to jam, yet concentrating on the internal structure of each piece, Bee vs. Moth embark on the road less taken. - Owen M.
If pressed to classify Bee vs. Moth's debut album, one would most likely futilely revert to "jazz," though that hardly does justice to the strange and far-reaching versatility that sprawls throughout the instrumental album. From the opening song, appropriately titled "Doom Equity" and introducing the band with a contorting overture of various genres pillaged on what follows, the group seems intent on defying expectations. ...This is jazz for the ADD generation.
- Doug Freeman
Time Out Chicago
Bee vs. Moth's lean fusion of jazz and postpunk yields thoughtfully taut arrangements.
Indy Week (Raleigh/Durham, NC)
Austin's Bee vs. Moth moves from twisted doom to straight jazz within a single set. - Grayson Currin
Bee vs. Moth is known for blending the traditional sounds of guitar, drums and bass with trumpet and upright bass.
KOOP 91.7 FM Austin
A rock-flavored band that take their music beyond the common limits of that genre...as much jazz horn improvisation as rock, with elements of marching band arrangements, ska, and more sweetening the mix. - Around the Town Sounds
From Here To Obscurity
Bee vs. Moth is a phenomenal Austin jazz-punk-whatever band anchored by bassist Philip Moody and percussionist Sarah Norris. Soundhorn brings considerable swagger and punch to BVM's all-instrumental pieces. Excellent. - Hayden Childs
The Austin Chronicle
Trumpet-infused quartet Bee vs. Moth bounces around jazz, post-punk, and ska, igniting the senses with a mix of Elfmanesque melodies and brainy exploration.
- Greg Beets
KUT 90.5 FM
Their music goes beyond original, defying categorization.
- Kory Cook
Austin Sound Check
Bee vs. Moth's eclectic sound can be attributed to diverse instrumentation and a willingness to explore genres outside the mainstream. Still firmly rooted in the familiar, Bee vs. Moth is different but manage to acquaint themselves with their audience.
- Ana Wolken
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