Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees

Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees


Dance-y to a thoroughly sweaty and satisfying extent, RJATTB is the thing that Gloria Estefan was warning you about when she sang the "rhythm is gonna get you," and the Maritimes' high-energy answer to the dance-rock movement that seems to be sweeping the nation. Pulsating, nasty, punky, groovy.


There's no escaping it: Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees shows are
ground-poundingly ecstatic.

Rebekah Higgs, the band's lead singer and respected solo artist in her
own right, throws herself both literally and figuratively into each
performance, becoming ringmaster for the seething, sweating, dancing
crowd before her. She doesn't feel the bruises she incurs while crowd
surfing over the moshing masses until she wakes up in her own bed the
next morning in a post-party haze. Memories of her alter-ego return when
the YouTube clips appear, her pouring a bottle of champagne from stage
into some shirtless dude's mouth, somewhere in the midst of seven
costume changes.

Ruby Jean's soul might belong to Higgs, but the heart and beats that go
with it belong to producer Colin Crowell, the mad scientist responsible
for much of the Bees sound. Crowell lurks amongst the shadows, keeping
the machine running fast and tight with turntables, vocoder, mini Korg
keyboard, and laptop producing insane blips and bass. Rapturous
adulation during a chaotic set is the hard won pay-off for the hours
hunched over electronics in his home studio, giving birth to the
ingredients for what has been hailed by industry insiders as the best
new live act in Canada.

Higgs and Crowell aren't lonely killer Bees. Heralded East Coast muso
Jason Vautour provides the flaming guitar licks, regularly clad in gold
spandex and red sequins, nearly stealing the fashion spotlight from his
dolled-up female lead singer. Alternate tunings and ear-bending pedal
work turn his axe into multi-purpose weapon, churning out hooks that
lodge into your brain and force your ass to shake.

The devilishly handsome and massively talented drummer Mike Belyea
holds it all together with a sly grin. Forget the computer-based drum
tracks less worthy indie-dance acts pander. Belyea fills the room with
rib-cage rattling live percussion, his time-keeping directing the
electro-inspired magnetism that is a Thoughtful Bees gig.

Together, their audacious on-stage presence earned the Bees impressive
headlining and festival shows before they released a single note of
recorded audio. The four-piece shared the stage with Thunderheist,
Dragonette and Kid Koala, and recently invaded the UK, scoring an
invitation to the Great Escape in Brighton after a scorching set at
Canada Music Week that won the group the coveted award for Band Most
Likely To Succeed.

Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees backed up a exponentially growing
live reputation with its self-titled debut full-length (out on Youth
Club Records), hailed by critics everywhere, from Exclaim!, Metro, The
Hour (Montréal), and FFWD (Calgary) as one of the best albums of 2009.
Music fans cast their vote and Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees shot to
the top of the Earshot! dance chart. Even the packaging screamed “Hell
yeah,” the first 1,000 discs coming in limited edition, handmade,
silk-screened cases designed by renowned artists Chris Foster and Laura

The Bees are here. It's time to shut up, listen or dance.


You Don't Miss Me

Written By: Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees

when you walk you always walk away
from what you did and what you long to say
hold me close and then you pull away
how i wish that you would want to stay

but you don't miss me, at all

Danse Danse Resolution

Written By: Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees

On Y Va
Danse Danse Resolution


Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees - S/T (January 13 2009)

Set List

typical set length: 45-60 minutes

1. A Thoughtful Letter
2. Best of All
3. Dance
4. Cold Hearted
5. You Don't Miss Me
6. Ooo La La
7. Girls You Love
8. Fake Smiles
9. People Love Me
10. Barracuda (Heart Cover, encore)

covers available but rarely performed:
thriller, toxic, heart of glass & other 80s hits