Spirit of the Beehive with Kevin Krauter

The Spirit of the Beehive

Kevin Krauter

The BishopBloomingtonIN
Ages 18+
Doors - 8pm Show - 9pm

Spirit of the Beehive have scooped and warped the best traits of various time periods of underground alternative and indie rock over the course of their 5-year career. From the post-punk and heavy shoegaze elements of 2014’s self-titled LP, to the massively overdriven guitar tones and disorientation of 2016’s You Are Arrived (But You’ve Been Cheated), Spirit was largely geared toward the moldy Philadelphia underground from which they began. Where those two albums had dipped fingers and toes into an ocean of glitched and obscure samples and uncommon keyboard tones, 2017’s Pleasure Suck lets its waves pull it completely asunder on a collection of somehow even more expertly crafted songs.

Through constant touring, Spirit has refined their live sound with an entirely new representation of their past material. The moments in their songs that get memorized through repeat listens are there still, but the melancholy melodies made of uncommon chords and unexpected pauses and shifts are now represented and shown in an entirely new sonic light for anyone fortunate to catch a performance. 2018’s Hypnic Jerks is the latest representation of their masterful textural experimentation. Electronic drums are as evenly paired with cymbals, snare, and shakers as keyboards are with guitar. The more room Spirit has to spread and expand its tonal palette, the more of their gifts we as listeners will be here to receive, and the deeper into their dreamy world we’ll go.

In 2015, Indiana based songwriter Kevin Krauter recorded his debut EP, Magnolia, while attending school in Muncie, IN. The songs were a collection of old demos thrown together into a six-song EP for a friend's semester project. A year later, the same friend approached Krauter with the idea for another six-song project. This time, Krauter had been writing new songs over the past year with the intention of releasing them together on an album.

What resulted was Changes, a cohesive collection of songs that range a multitude of influences from Bossa Nova to Americana. Changes was Krauter’s first attempt at writing and recording a set of songs that flow together thematically while maintaining their own distinctive sound and feeling. The EP was released in December 2016 via Bloomington, IN label Winspear.

Arriving in the summer of 2018 via the Brooklyn, NY label Bayonet Records, comes Kevin Krauter's debut LP Toss Up.

Venue Information:
The Bishop
123 S Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN, 47404