In­spi­ra­tional buzz

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

from Bees’ lat­est re­lease, The May King & His Pa­per Crown, is a con­cept al­bum based on sto­ry­telling and vivid imag­i­na­tions.

The Bris­bane-based art-rock fourpiece (pic­tured) backed away from ‘‘stan­dard rock ’n’ roll’’ and de­cided not to draw from their own ex­pe­ri­ences as lyri­cal in­spi­ra­tion for the al­bum.

‘‘I want to cre­ate com­bi­na­tions of emo­tions that I am not ex­pe­ri­enced with,’’ front­man Dan James says. ‘‘We are not a sin­gles band – we write a record that is a whole ex­pe­ri­ence. Maybe it’s old-fash­ioned, but I am in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing a story from start to fin­ish.’’

James says The May King & His Pa­per Crown was a way to chal­lenge or­tho­doxy. ‘‘It’s about un­re­quited love and the loss of in­no­cence.

‘‘It’s about the fleet­ing­ness of power and how things are not per­ma­nent.’’

Dur­ing the year it took to write the record, James says the band would drink tea and talk phi­los­o­phy when they felt unin­spired. ‘‘We chat for ages about what in­spires us to get a stream of in­spi­ra­tion,’’ he says. ‘‘I am a firm be­liever that in­spi­ra­tion comes from some­where. You have to pa­tiently wait for it to come, you can’t force it.’’

James says Drawn from Bees see the stage as a big re­lease of en­ergy.

‘‘The stu­dio is an in­tel­lec­tual pur­suit,’’ he says. ‘‘Our live show changes with ev­ery venue. The venue be­comes its own form of in­spi­ra­tion.’’

Drawn from Bees play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, to­mor­row night.

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