Turkey The Bird - Golden Bear - Peter Cat - HMS Morris

Turkey The Bird were first featured here back in September and they return today with 'Art and Design' where their refreshing bright and stylish brand of indie pop impresses again. ===== Golden Bear have today released their new album 'Dear Texas'. The album mixes Texan country rock with Americana and both the musicianship and natural vocals ensure this is a great collection of songs. ===== Peter Cat has released the new album 'The Saccharine Underground' from which we have two tracks, namely 'SO STR8' and 'The Big House'. Musically the band cover considerable territory including post-punk, glam rock, baroque pop and synth-pop, so treat these two really fine songs as but a glimpse of the whole. ===== HMS Morris make their fourth appearance on Beehive Candy this year with today's single release 'Partypooper' and once again this versatile duo are on splendid and upbeat form.


Turkey The Bird - Art and Design.

Turkey The Bird is New Zealand's answer to Simon & Garfunkel (if '&' was a musician too). Catchy folk songs with stunning rich melodies and effortless smooth lyrics. Songs that tell uplifting stories about love and life. You can hear them on their new single 'Art and Design'.

The bearded trio is spread around the globe, creating beautiful three part harmonies and toe tapping rhythms: Andre Manella from Switzerland is on guitar, bass and percussion. Adrian Whelan from Ireland is on guitar, bass and spoons, and Sol Bear Coulton, the token kiwi, on Banjo.

This tasty folk-pop-track called «Art and Design» blends a simple tapestry of lyrics with a very catchy melody, the message conveying  the concept of art and design to a shape and form. Looking through a camera lens while travelling through time, «there's a right way and a wrong way you can view a piece of art», the band says. The track reflects on the complexity and simplicity of art and design in the real world.


Golden Bear - Dear Texas (Album).

Golden Bear is excited to announce the release of their new album, Dear Texas. As the title implies, the album is a love letter to the band’s home state. All of the songs were written and recorded during the quarantine, with band members contributing their parts from their homes.

Dear Texas takes listeners on a journey across Texas from the west Texas plains through the hill country, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The album’s songs convey a yearning to get on the road, remember past adventures, and to create new ones.

Chris Gregory on making Dear Texas: For years I thought there needed to be a song about Port Aransas, a city which so many Texans love. One day in March, I was sitting on the couch with my guitar, watching “Magnum PI”, and the riff came to me. I wrote the song in about 10 minutes. For fun, I recorded it and sent the song to my buddy Scott, who added some pedal steel and sent it back to me. I was blown away by his contribution, and decided we needed to do a whole album in this style, and inspired by this state.

Listeners (Texan or otherwise) are sure to enjoy the landscapes, characters, stories, and atmosphere found throughout Dear Texas.


Peter Cat - SO STR8 / The Big House.

Recorded over a two-year period at Glasgow’s Green Door Studios, and mixed by production wunderkind Chris McCrory of Catholic Action, The Saccharine Underground showcases an audiophile's staunch commitment to the analogue form. All songs were recorded to tape, and no digital instrumentation whatsoever was used.

The album's title invokes the genre of baroque pop prevalent in the American pop music of late 1 960s and early 70s, otherwise described as ‘cowboy psychedelia’.

It sums up the contradiction that lies at the heart of the record, in which melodic and textural sweetness is yoked into the service of a wry, dry songwriting style,
narrating stories of awkwardness, failure and foolishness which are oddly life-affirming.

The Saccharine Underground is a sonically ambitious first album, tossing together post-punk, glam rock, baroque pop and synth-pop into a swirling forty-minute cabaret. Lead singer and songwriter Graham Neil Gillespie gives coherence to these diverse compositions with his arch, bass-baritone vocal style, reminiscent of Bowie and Bryan Ferry´s artier turns.


HMS Morris - Partypooper.

Following the release of ‘Babanod’, ‘Poetry’ and ‘Myfyrwyr Rhyngwladol’ earlier in the year, HMS Morris are back with the fourth and final single in the series, ‘Partypooper’, will be released on November 6th.

Songwriter Heledd Watkins explains Partypooper’s origins thus: ‘It’s a response to the mental highs and lows of being a musician – or any kind of human person really. A great deal of us struggle with a little internal partypooper, a malignant imp who likes to wait until we’re at our happiest before screwing up her mean little face and blowing mightily on her shit-horn of doubt and regret, leaving our ears ringing and our confidence in tatters as she skips gleefully away. She’s not above putting the boot in when you’re down either; during the downtime in between gigs, or as you’re reading a crap review of a record you spent the last year perfecting, or when you see a hype band flying past at 100 miles an hour to New Music Friday-land or some equally alluring destination. We all have one. We all deal with them in different ways. Here’s hoping that mine has a fear of high-tempo Latin numbers with horns and distorted wailing.’

Partypooper features guest appearances from the superb Owain Gruffudd and Gwyn Owen from Band Pres Llareggub (Owain also arranged the brass). Iestyn Jones is on drums. It was recorded at St Peter’s and Fitzhamon Studio in Cardiff, and Stiwdio Sain in Llandwrog.