SHE KEEPS BEES

 

Jessica Larrabee, born in Washington DC, has been a self-taught singer, guitarist, and performer since childhood. The daughter of an R&B drummer and a delightfully eccentric DC party girl, Jessica has attitude to spare. Records were always spinning at the Larrabee house...Rick James, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Kahn, Grace Jones, Lou Reed, Millie Jackson...not music a six-year-old normally gets the pleasure of hearing.

 

After being in bands for most of her young-adulthood, Jessica moved  to Brooklyn--from Philadelphia--in 2003, to start her solo career.  She bar-tended for a few years while writing the songs that would eventually become present-day She Keeps Bees. This early music was marked by a stark earnestness, drawing comparisons to Jason Molina and early Cat Power.

 

In 2005, Jessica was joined by recording engineer and multi- instrumentalist, Andy LaPlant, who had just moved to Brooklyn from New Orleans. Together, they recorded Minisink Hotel, the first proper She Keeps Bees release. After a few drum lessons from Jess, Andy learned to keep up, and they have been recording, performing, and living together since 2006.

 

After a short tour of the east coast in 2007, they recorded the four song, digital-only EP, Shhhh. With the edition of drums full-time, their sound evolved into a louder, more aggressive style, making room for Jessica to hone in her earthy howl. During 2008, they recorded their second full-length, Nests, entirely at home. This self-released rocker scored them some real attention, enabling the band to release it in the UK and Europe--via Names Records.

 

She Keeps Bees toured the UK and Europe extensively in 2009 and 2010, with appearances at Green Man Festival and a headlining slot at End Of The Road Festival 2009. The band will release a limited-edition 7" with two new songs in June and is currently working on their third full-length record. They also have two US tours slated for the summer 2010!