The Bees US: Starry Gazey Pie
The Bees (U.S.) are a Nashville pop quartet with tight, multi-layered harmonies, jangly guitars, infectious rhythms and breezy melodies. Co-founders Jason Lehning and Daniel Tashian decided to form the group after commiserating about the "tired, predictable state of modern rock." To that end, they sought to create a sound that relies heavily on the craft of songwriting and harmonies.
Rage magazine calls The Bees (U.S.) Nashville’s "It Band," while Performing Songwriter Magazine says the band is "brilliant and incomparable." Music Row Magazine calls The Bees (US) the "Best Unsigned Band of the Year."
The group features Tashian on 12 string guitar and vocals, Lehning on piano, juno 60, vocals, John Deaderick on bass, and David Gehrke on drums and vocals. They added (U.S.) to the end of their name to settle a dispute with a band from the UK with the same name.
Referring to the title and featured track, Tashian says, "When I was a kid, there was a cookbook in our house called: 'Cornish Favorites.' It was from the region in England called Cornwall. Primarily fishing villages. One of these villages, Mousehole, is famous for 'Starry Gazey Pie.' It is a potato pie, with fish heads protruding from the surface of the pie, looking skyward, hence the name 'Starry Gazey Pie.'"