BEEKEEPERS: Self-titled: 7” EP

Beekeepers lead their record off with a faux-jazz, four-minute-long spiel about the inane and depressing life of a warehouse employee called “Pallet Stacking.” The following two songs are uniform with the central theme of brainless consumerism and a depressingly mind-numbing suburban existence. The presentation is artful, although at times musically grandiose, which is a turn off for me. I do appreciate that the effort is DIY with all the songs being recorded at either their homes or work places, but the final product still leaves a lot to be desired. Anti-authoritarian bands such as Crass shared similar views but opted for reckless aggression to drive their point across and it worked so much better than avant garde saxophone blowing ever will. 

 –Juan Espinosa (X!)