Bee vs. Moth

Bee vs. Moth

 Austin, Texas, USA

Bee vs. Moth is a band of music-making people, a.k.a. musicians. The band has one foot in the world of jazz and creative improvisation, and the other firmly planted on a distortion pedal. Their uniquely astylistic instrumental style may not be a tautology. Bee vs. Moth is paved with intentions.


"Bee vs. Moth rip boundaries from a musical style customarily defined by a time and place. Imagine the Preservation Hall Jazz Band giving up chairs to Albert Ayler, Fred Frith and Kurt Weill all of whom show up with sketches of compositions they are interested in playing."
- Phil Gallo

Bassist Philip Moody and drummer Sarah Norris started Bee vs. Moth with their co-written music, and began performing around Austin in 2004. The band has since grown into a diverse, rotating cast with ambitious arrangements featured in film and television scores, original videos, and live shows in Austin and throughout the country. Bee vs. Moth's most recent studio album, Shelter in Place, follows the acclaimed 2010 Acronyms and the band's 2007 debut, Soundhorn. 2012's "Josephine, Beauty Queen" is a unique 7" single on pink vinyl with handmade artwork by Sarah.

With their new guitarist James Fidlon and a various cast of Austin's best musicians, Bee vs. Moth released their third studio record, Shelter in Place, in 2014. PopMatters describes the music as "jazzy stylings imbued with a punk effervescence." 

Reviews of Bee vs. Moth's tours and recordings recognize the bands unique musical character. Bob Boilen of NPR music heard sounds of Ornette Coleman and the band Television. And sometimes in the same song. This creative spirit is reflected in their humorous music videos and numerous special projects. 

The band also composed an original score for the 1928 Buster Keaton silent film classic, The Cameraman, which was featured at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. In 2012, SXSW Film invited the band to create and perform a new score for Ernst Lubitsch's 1919 film The Oyster Princess. Bee vs. Moth tunes have also appeared in the PBS series Roadtrip Nation. They are also collaborating with Austin band The Invincible Czars to re-imagine the symphonic masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition for an 11-piece double rock band, complete with horns, strings, guitars, drums, and percussion.


Shelter in Place (Studio Album) 2014
10-Year Anniversary (Cassette) 2014
"Josephine, Beauty Queen" (7" Single) 2012
Acronyms (Studio Album) 2010
Turkey Sandwiches (Live Digital Album) 2009
Soundhorn (Studio Album) 2007

Bee vs. Moth's recordings have played on KUT 90.5 FM, KVRX 91.7 FM, WNUR 89.3 FM, KTRU 91.7 FM, KOOP 91.7 FM, WXUV Chicago, KXLU Los Angeles, KMUW Wichita, Fearless Radio Online, Last FM, and at college stations across the US.

Set List

Absurdity Weather System (original) (7:30)
Doom Equity (original) (5:00)
Mexican Noise Soda (original) (2:00)
Tuesday in Tuskegee (original) (5:00)
ICP on Parade (original)(5:30)
Tjamls; (original) (3:30)
Ugly is the New Black (original) (5:00)
Salisbury Steakhouse (original) (4:00)
Gor's Apparatus (original) (5:30)