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.