The Spirit Of The Beehive – “can i receive the contact?”

The Spirit Of The Beehive have been releasing inscrutable rock music since 2014, most recently with last year’s excellent Pleasure Suck. For their next trip, the Philadelphia band is putting out a new full-length, Hypnic Jerks, in a couple months. The album is named after the involuntary twitch that happens sometimes when you’re drifting off to sleep, violently pulled back into the real world. It’s an appropriate sensation to describe the blend of dreaminess and aggression that the band has trafficked in since the start.

Hypnic Jerks was originally conceived of as a mixtape, and that patchwork quality extends even to its lead single, which breaks down into a home recording in the middle before amping back up for its final stretch. “can i receive the contact?” is snottier and more wired than a lot of the group’s past work, especially in its last few moments as the titular question is repeated with increasing urgency, all spittle and raw energy.

Listen below and check out their upcoming tour dates with Pile.

01 “nail i couldn’t bite”
02 “mantra is repeated”
03 “fell asleep with a vision”
04 “can i receive the contact?”
05 “swim”
06 “d.o.u.b.l.e.u.r.o.n.g.”
07 “(without you) in my pocket”
08 “hypnic jerks”
09 “monumental shame”
10 “gonna find you”

TOUR DATES (w/ Pile):
10/02 Easthampton, MA @ The Flywheel
10/03 Rochester, NY @ Small World Books
10/04 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
10/05 Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
10/06 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/07 St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/09 Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
10/10 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
10/11 New Orleans, LA @Gasa Gasa
10/12 Nashville, TN @ The East Room
10/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory
10/14 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
10/16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/17 Washington, DC @ DC9
10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/25 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Hypnic Jerks is out in September via Tiny Engines. Pre-order it here.

CREDIT: Emily Burtner