What if They Might Be Giants grew up listening to Nomeansno and Fugazi?
What if comedian Andy Kaufman was the wizard behind The Arcade Fire’s curtain?
What if Cardiacs and At The Drive-In overhauled Jimmy Eat World’s back catalogue?
You might get beekeeper.
That’s how the bio from Vancouver’s beekeeper starts out. And listening to their stuff, that’s somewhat accurate. They draw a lot of influences and I’m sure the Arcade Fire reference is due to them having a violinist as well. But I also hear similarities to Rah Rah or, closer, to Guillemots. Accessible pop music textured and arranged with a deeper hue, beekeeper are coming off a strong showcase at Canadian Music Week in the midst of a cross Canada tour that brings them to The Dugout (formerly The Whiskey, 300 Ouellette Ave.) on Saturday March 26.
Also on the bill is Dave Russell (although the only Precious Stone joining him this outing is bassist Vin Vicious), who continues to showcase his recent EP, Unnatural Disaster.
Opening the show is Leighton Bain, who’s also playing in support of a new album, Oh Alaska (which he is giving away for free on-line).
beekeeper with special guests Dave Russell and Leighton Bain, The Dugout (300 Ouellette Ave.), 19+, 9pm