She Keeps Bees share single “Radiance”

She Keeps Bees reveal new single "Radiance", from their new album 'Eight Houses' out 9/16 on Future Gods Records, She Keeps Bees play August 29 in Seattle

Today She Keeps Bees have revealed a new single from their new album, Eight Houses, out September 16th on Future Gods Records. With Eight Houses, the album finds She Keeps Bees working with an outside producer, Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors, etc.) for the first time and enlisting guest musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz.

Considering how controlled the chaos is on Eight Houses-a record that’s ruptured by riffs and rattled by rhythms without leaping straight off the rails-it’s tough to imagine a time when Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant didn’t finish each other’s sentences, creatively and personally. But that’s how She Keeps Bees began: with LaPlant bashing a borrowed kit (including a garbage-picked floor tom) atop a step-ladder and Larrabee directing the dark solo recordings she began soon after moving from Philadelphia to Brooklyn.”It was trial by fire,” says LaPlant of their early rehearsals. “Luckily what she wanted out of me at the time wasn’t complicated.” “We grew together slowly,” adds Larrabee, “like a tree. It felt powerful with him behind me. Nothing really clicked until I met Andy.”

That dynamic became more pronounced with each passing record, peaking with the self-produced songs of Nests and Dig On, the latter of which expanded the pair’s minimal sound with bass parts and synths. Now joined by an outside producer (Rare Book Room’s Nicolas Vernhes) and guest musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz.

“There was definitely a batch of more aggressive songs that got cut from the record,” explains LaPlant. “Having a producer was nice in that respect; if things were starting to sound too similar and we didn’t hear it, Nicolas wasn’t shy about letting us know. We wanted to step outside our comfort zone stylistically, which really gives Jess’ songwriting a chance to shine.” “The reservations left a heartache in me,” she explains, “and swarms of questions. I began reading stories. The more I read the history, the more I realized this was a universal story of ‘progress’: the Western world surrounding indigenous people, taking their natural resources, destroying their sense of self.” “Let the toxic mimics roll off us all,” says Larrabee. “Let the power of your truest self rest in your heart.  Draw strength from below your navel-a place where there is no fear. Honor the gravity of the emotion but do not be consumed.”




SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

1. Feather Lighter
2. Breezy
3. Owl
4. Both Sides
5. Burning Bowl
6. Radiance
7. Wasichu
8. Greasy Grass
9. Raven

10. Is What It Is


8/28 – Spokane, WA @ Jones Radiator

8/29 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

8/30 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

9/3 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall

9/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

9/7 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

9/8 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room

9/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar

9/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

9/12 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

9/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Czar bar

9/14 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Taver

9/15 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

9/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi

9/17 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House

9/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

9/20 – Athens, OH @ The Union

9/25 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

9/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

9/27 – Washington, DC @ The Lot (Atlantic Plumbing)

11/12 – Bristol, ENG @ The Lantern

11/13 – Manchester, ENG @ Gullivers

11/15 – London, ENG @ The Lexington

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