Spotlight On The World: Beezewax
Beezewax are a five-piece indie/skatewave rock band from Norway. They grew up together in and around Oslo, with skateboarding being a common bond between them.
Finding anywhere possible to carry out their hobby, their attitude would often end up getting them kicked out of places, even storming into a council meeting together to demand somewhere to skate.
Slowly but surely they each bought a guitar, drums, sound gear until they had enough to start playing. That was 1995 and since then they’ve been signed to various small labels, released six albums and are due to release the seventh this summer.
Despite a short break from music they have been prolific in their ambition and drive, touring extensively all over the world with a large back catalogue of songs to play.
Now though, their sound has evolved over the years and has a Sixties new age pop feel, with soaring vocal harmonies and blended guitar work creating a delicious atmospheric tone to their songs. Their latest single, Rainbows, is a typical example of this and harks back to the good ol’ days when “boy bands” concentrated on making great music and nothing else.
This group of lads seem equally as happy playing major festivals or small indie venues, which is not only a measure of their modesty but also their longevity. Bands that see themselves as elite, or have a minimum capacity for venues they’ll play at, tend not to last very long, but Beezewax have been shown to play in front of thousands or dozens, each time giving it their all.
It’s almost impossible not to like this band, whether it’s their many recordings or live shows, and I think that’s because you can tell straight away that they love what they do and are still having a great time together more than two decades after first forming.
After having listened to a lot, but probably not all, of their old and new songs the one that stands out for me is ‘Play It Safe’ from their 2005 album ‘Who To Salute’.
A truly anthemic song, it starts with a strong menacing drumbeat and gradually introduces rhythm guitar, keyboards and lead guitar in a crescendo that’s very pleasing to this rock fan. The vocals are emphatic and triumphant, especially in the chorus. Even three quarters of the way through the song, in the instrumental break, you can make out one of the band shouting a “WHOOO!”, which means it’s obviously as fun to play as it is to listen to!
Beezewax start their UK tour in Exeter on the 10th of July and take in Southampton, London, Newcastle, and Sunderland on their five day stay before heading out across Europe.
Which means wherever you live you can go see them play their infectious brand of rock.
Don’t miss out!