The Beelays
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The Beelays

Hamilton, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Hamilton, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Rock R&B




"Thanks for getting weird with us:” a night of musical wizardry at Warehouse"

Stealing the show were The Beelays, a Hamilton ensemble playing everything from jazz to prog to classic rock in an incredible melting pot of music. I can’t remember the last time I watched something so genuinely sensational. The Beelays are a force of nature, an unstoppable power that have to be seen to be believed. Even before they took to the stage they made a huge impression on me with their unique merch stall. Instead of a specific line of clothing, the band sourced one-of-a-kind shirts and dresses from thrift stores and brought everyone’s sewing talents together to brand them with the band’s logo.

With six members, the sound of The Beelays is huge. What’s astounding though is how well the six members blend together, never stepping on anyone else’s toes or muddying up the sound. They have two dedicated lead singers, whose incredible voices are a perfect combination of soulful crooning and rock ‘n’ roll power. They knew how to work a crowd as well; getting an audience outside of your hometown to clap and sing along to your original songs is no easy feat but they pulled it off.

The keyboard and lead guitar player also weave in and out of each other fantastically, with mind-bending riffs and earth-shattering solos delivered by unparalleled talents. Even the legendary Rick Wakeman would struggle to hold his own against the awesome power of The Beelays’ keyboard player. That’s to say nothing of their guitarist either, who combined the funk of John Frusciante with the fury of Jimi Hendrix, all the while maintaining a voice distinctively his own.

The bassist and drummer held the group together with deep grooves and complex rhythms that never failed to get the crowd moving. There are a lot of moving parts to this music and the drummer not only kept everyone together, but at times led the charge with some incredible beats that would have made for great listening even on their own. Their bassist, too, was simply mesmerizing; it’s not often a band lets their bass player shine, but the Warehouse audience was treated to an out-of-this-world solo in the final song. The Beelays have stuck true to their jazz roots by letting everyone try everything. Lesser acts would have turned this into an incoherent mess, but The Beelays know exactly what they’re doing and they do it brilliantly.

All of this was tied together by some of the most creative music I’ve heard from a local act in a long while. Time signatures changed at a moment’s notice, every chorus got the crowd singing and each member of the band got an opportunity to shine. Personality is bursting from the seams of this band and they are sure to leave a huge impression on you. - Cameron Tyson


Hoss EP coming soon



The year was 2009.  In the hallowed halls of the F Wing, (Mohawk College's Music Dept.) A student stumbled into a practice room, drawn in by the psychadelic-prog-fusion sounds shaking the very foundation.  He asked these fine lads to fill out the final spot for a halloween gig he was organizing that was only four days away.  Though Tom Altobelli, Chris Bruder, Scott MacIntosh, and Jordan Snider had played in various combinations in the past, this would be their first instrumental gig billed as "The Altobeelays".  That night those boys made history.

Over time songs and sounds were solidified, members came and went.  But the energy and comraderie the four of them developed over several years in the Applied Music program, and Darcy Hepner's Beatles ensemble was nothing to be taken lightly. After hearing the beautiful harmonies from the duet Em and Joss they decided to join forces adding in two female front women and dropping the Alto from their name. 

The Beelays was born March 2018. After a few gigs it was obvious that this collaboration was the original sound and energy that the band had been waiting for. With influences ranging from rock, funk, afro beat,  jazz, hip hop, and R&B, they have developed a catalogue of genre bending music.

They reign from Hamilton, ON, a city as vibrant, diverse, and gritty as the music they create.  Now the clan is eager to blow the doors off the jam space and take the music world by storm. 

Whether you are ready or not, The Beelays have arrived.

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