The U.K. band The Bees released an album this past fall entitled Every Step’s A Yes, and it has gone rather unnoticed across the pond. This was the band’s fourth full length release. Their sound is a lighthearted combination of folk and garage rock with a retro vibe. For some cuts off of Every Step’s A Yes there is a definite reggae influence, this blend of styles makes for a wonderful variety from one song to the next. The tempo is fairly mild throughout the album and creates a relaxed atmosphere. It’s not surprising that The Bees haven’t made a real mark in the States. It seems that more and more bands have begun taking their cues from past artists, especially from the 60s and 70s of late. It’s not a bad thing, but there is an influx of albums with a similar style to The Bees. Matt Costa’s recent album harkens back to the glory days of rock and roll. Dawes début album from last year was a case of reboot rock fever if there ever was one. Mini Mansion, Dr. Dog, Timbre Timbre, they are all in a similar, slightly more psychedelic boat with The Bees. It’s hardly a bad boat to be in, but it is getting a bit crowed.
Nonetheless, this The Bees album is worth checking out if you are at all interesting in any of the other artists mention. So, if you just can’t get enough of this vain of music, Every Step’s A Yes is right for you.