‘Head bobbing’ and ‘imaginative’ are two words that are used to describe Me Like Bees and their unique sound certainly lives up to the high expectations these words convey. Coming to the mainstream following the chance to work with esteemed producer John Feldmann, Me Like Bees deliver an infectious new EP.
The glossy production of Feldmann’s previous works such as 5 Seconds Of Summer and Panic! At The Disco are shared by Me Like Bees, with the major criticism being that it is too glossy in parts, sounding a tad manufactured at times. However, opener Changes brings poppy guitars and a heavy drum that drives the song into a catchy chorus and beyond into a Coldplay-esque (circa 2011) ending. Tundraland is sure to be a hit, with the band employing typical pop techniques to great success with echoey lyrics and dreamy background vocals lying over a riff that erupts into an anthem sure to be the star of future festivals.
A true vulnerability can be heard in Luke Sheafer’s vocals on There Will Be Time, something rare in music today. Simply paired will a plucky guitar, it provides the perfect moment in the EP for being reflective. Closer Hymns And Blues is a decent throwaway song, yet seems too similar to the first two tracks of the album. Whilst it is true that this is an impressive EP, it lacks the risks and variety that can be afforded. Nevertheless, there is no doubt Me Like Bees will be on the playlists of every indie kid in the near future.
For fans of: Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids, White Rabbits
Words by Clara Duffy
‘There Will Be Time’ by Me Like Bees is released on 8th April.