Derby band The Beekeepers have hinted a return may be on the cards in new social media posts.
The band were at their height in the ’90s when they signed to record label Beggars Banquet and releasing album Third Party, Fear and Theft produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Maxïmo Park, James) before splitting up in 1998. Since then we’ve seen a ‘farewell’ show at the Old Bell in 2011, and in 2013 a Bearded Theory Festival appearance and further reunion show at the Assembly Rooms where they were supported by local ‘supergroup’ The Hudson Super Six.
This week the band has marked the 21st anniversary of single Do You Behave Like That At Home?, which they performed live at Virgin Megastore in Derby on its release on 3 February 1997. Melody Maker named the track Single Of The Week and the band toured extensively – 180 shows in one year – and were once supported by Travis.
The band is now formed of original members Jamie East – who went on to create gossip website Holy Moly and present Big Brother’s Bit On The Side and Sky’s Thronecast as well as do a weekday show for Virgin Radio – Steve ‘Tree’ Bailey, Mark Simpson and newer recruit Kevin Lamb. They say after splitting in 1998 they didn’t talk for years until realising life was too short for grudges and getting back together to ‘scratch the itch’ of making music, determined to do it on their own terms rather than under the cosh of a label.
A defining decade for the music industry, just ahead of the real disruption the Internet ushered in, Derby was represented within the wider music scene in the nineties by a handful of local bands, still remembered fondly in the city and beyond. As well as the indie punk pop of The Beekeepers Derby also gave music from bands including alt-rockers Bivouac, angular noise rockers Cable, progressive metal band The Beyond who then transformed into the alt-rock of Gorilla, Derby’s only chart topping single came in the form of electro-indiepop from White Town, and indie band Twinkie also made some gentle waves within their scene.
Rumours have periodically come up – often fuelled by the band on Facebook – that new material would appear. Back at the tail end of 2016 they shared they had been back at Snug Recording Company (the Agard Street studio they once owned) and hoped to release material in 2017. That never appeared but could the hints being dropped now mean a release is finally on the cards or that new shows or appearances are being planned?
Find The Beekeepers:
Hear The Beekeepers on our playlist of Derby bands – comment below on who else we should add music by, artists past and present all welcome. Follow and listen here.