Butterfly Beats (Alethea) Laptop DJ, Production, Vocalist, Harmonica, Drums
David Miller- Guitar, Slide Guitar, Bass, Production, Vocalist, Drums
Sure, lots of bands have made a new sound by marrying a couple of genres together, but with Beehive, we’re talking about some serious musical polygamy. Call this explosive Seattle duo’s music “rocktronica” if you must have a pigeonhole, but one listen to their driving, flowing, hook-laden songs and you’ll hear how pointless categories can be.
With leonine vocals and riveting rhythms from Butterfly Beats (aka Alethea Eichhorn) and a surging rock thrust from the slide guitar work of David Miller, Beehive has set the Seattle music scene buzzing since their first performances in 2003. Their 2004 CD Cycle A was a critical darling, and the release of the duo’s new EP Operation Artichoke is already setting airwaves and earwaves a-tingle.
Electro and rock are the core influences of Beehive’s upbeat tunes—listen for flavors of Depeche Mode, U2, Chemical Brothers, New Order or Ladytron—with a heavy emphasis on lyricism and songwriting. Theirs is music that can snare your brain and your heart all the while that it’s kicking your body into dance mode.
Beats is the performing octopus of the group, juggling laptops, keyboards and the occasional tambourine or harmonica, while serving up the the bulk of the vocals in a voice that rips with strength yet grips with emotion. Meanwhile, Miller on guitar, slide and bass channels the essences of Ben Harper and Sonny Landreth, with dashes of Hendrix and the Edge, adding a classic rock attitude to the cutting edge electronica. The result is a pop/electro/dance/rock drug so addictive it ought to be a controlled substance.
It may not take a couple of neurobiologists to cook up a brand new sound like this, but it doesn’t hurt. Beats and Miller discovered their musical chemistry while studying neurobiology together at a Seattle university. Not long after they’d finished their studies, the two realized that the real science in their future could only be in the laboratory of sound experimentation.
They started to record songs that they wrote together in a back-and-forth process, each layering on some new idea, melody or riff. Eventually, they took their work public, and found themselves performing at clubs and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their high energy live shows earned them a devoted following, and they started to get radio airplay with the release of Cycle A. “Kaiser So-Say,” an instrumental track that’s included on Operation Artichoke, was picked up by MTV for use on The Real World and Road Rules. Beehive is now gearing up for a West Coast tour in the spring of 2006 that will include shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Seattle’s KEXP radio calls Beehive “definitely one to keep an eye on,” and Static Factory Media calls them “far ahead of the pack.” They may be a band without a genre, but when their music gets into your head and won’t let go, you won’t care about the name of the road you’re on—you’ll just be glad you’re along for the ride.
90.3 KEXP, 107.7 Iradio LA CJAM Detroit - Cycle A (2005) and Operation Artichoke (2006) in rotation
In studio KEXP Performance: September 24th 2005 on Audioasis
Number one artist on mp3tunes.com for the month of April and May Currently in top 10 and number one in Breakbeat category
Available on Itunes, Rhaspsody, mp3tunes.com, and many many more
Songs licensed and utilized by Corbis, the Decibel Collective. MTV for Real World, Road Rules, and Extreme Challenge.
Recently licensed songs to MTV for the upcoming series "Cheyenne"
Nominated in the Seattle Weekly 2006 Music Awards
Showcases include: 2004 Decible Festival, 2005 Rockrgrl Conference, 2006 Seattle Weekly Music Awards Showcase, and 2006 NXNE.
The Paradox, Vera Project, Fremont Fair, University District Street Fair Nectar, The High Dive ToST, Chop Suey, The Central, The Lower Level, Capitol Hill Arts Center, Instore Performance @ Silver Platters, New Years Eve @ ToST, Studio 7, The Catwalk, Henry Art Gallery - Summer at the Henry, Seattle Live Electronica Showcase SeaCompression 2004 and 2005
Sean Smith, KJ Sawka, Saul Williams, FourthCity, Auditory, Sculpture, SuckaPunch, Drummatica, MBlue, Outside the Lines, Kid Hops of KEXP, The Long Ranger Velella Velella, The Fading Collection, Miss Solar System,Dahlia, Forgotten Sol, Ericka Wright, Drayton Michaels, Michael Clark, Quasi Nada
Sun Tzu Sound dj's, DURAN DURAN DURAN, Unter Null, Filastine (Post World Industries, formerly of
TCHKUNG!),Sporadik, Nongunri (Noise Liberation Army) -Laguna, Zonk, Saul Williams, The Human Value, Bethurum Collective, The Long Ranger
Cycle A - LP
In rotation for radio play on 90.3 KEXP
Operation Artichoke -EP (March 2006)
The Fading Collection Stems Remix Album (March 2004)- Blood Red My Breakbeat Beehive Mix
In Rotation for Radio Play on 90.3 KEXP
Songs from Cycle A, Operation Artichoke and Beehive Instrumentals licensed by Bunim Murry Productions for MTV's Real World, Road Rules, and Extreme Challenge television shows.
Love I know and Kaiser So Say aired on MTV Real World Austin and MTV Real World Key West
Currently in rotation on KEXP for "Operation Artichoke"
Also in rotation on 104.7 FM IRadio LA
Signed by the Decible Collective for Advertisement and Film Placement.
March 2006 Signed by MTV for song use in the upcoming reality show Cheyenne