[27 August 2014]
PopMatters Assistant Editor
One wouldn’t be wrong in calling Bee vs. Moth a jazz group, but there’s something else at play in the Austin, Texas trio’s sonic. The group, comprised of founding members Sarah Norris (drums) and Philip Moody (bass), as well as guitarist James Fidlon, plays music that sounds a lot like jazz but has the energy of something more raw and primal.
Those familiar with punk outfits like Bomb the Music Industry! will no doubt see the similarities between that and much of Bee vs. Moth’s material. In particular, “Problems With Crowds”, a track off of Bee vs. Moth’s forthcoming studio effort Shelter in Place, could have easily been a backing track to any of Bomb the Music Industry’s last few albums. But there’s a real unique charm to this Austin band; the trio’s usage of various musicians from the Austin music scene makes “Problems With Crowds” and indeed the whole of Shelter in Place feel like a convivial effort.
Moody tells PopMatters more about “Problems With Crowds”, saying, “Many people are familiar with a decent size festival that occurs every March in our hometown Austin, Texas. The music, events, visitors, and fun are amazing… and at times overwhelming. You could say the buildup, dissonant guitar solo tension, return to melody, and calm outro of ‘Problems with Crowds’ reflect the triumph of enjoyment over bewilderment.”
Shelter in Place is out on September 8th via Aggraveire Music.