With every beat, B & the Hive's ethereal blend of Alternative Rock & Indie Pop, pulses with heart and soul. Both modern and timeless, this California raised band conjures beloved artists of the past, while continually forging a path uniquely their own. From guitar driven anthems, to moody pop mantras and hook-laden melodies, there is a conscious undercurrent of stirring lyrics which deeply move the listener and leave them wanting more.
For nearly a decade, B & the Hive’s founding members and co-songwriters, Brianna Lee & Josh Barrett have existed purely to make music from the soul. Drawing from early inspiration (The Cure, Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac), their sound relates to the current realm of artists (Sharon Van Etten, Big Thief, Warpaint) and remains ever-evolving. The combined talents and direction of Josh (producer/bass/multi-instrumentalist) and stunning vocals and stage presence of Brianna, armed with a powerful cast of musicians (Eric Novak - Lead Guitar, Hannah Joy Brooke - Keys/Backing Vocals, Hayden Gardner - Drums), culminates in a dynamic and exhilarating live show, that captivates audiences wherever they perform.
The intoxicating experience of B & The Hive continually lands them at top venues and festivals on the West Coast (Great American Music Hall, Vina Robles Amphitheater, Mountain Winery, Henry Miller Library, Hotel Cafe, Humphrey's by the Bay, Bottle Rock, Live Oak, & Whalerock Music Festivals) supporting world renowned artists (Alanis Morrisette, Goo Goo Dolls, Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Chris Isaak, Lucinda Williams, Allen Stone).
Independent and self-produced, the emotional depth & sonic quality of B & the Hive’s music has garnered the contributions of powerhouse mix engineer Marcella Araica (Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Madonna, Pink) on their most recent release Heart Beat (2020), as well as Grammy Award Winning Engineers: Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, The Ramones), & Mike Cresswell (ALO, Ledisi, Blackalicious). With several placements in FILM/TV over the years, the band continues to gain attention with their songwriting, and forge new paths in the music industry.
Heart Beat, their latest release, takes us through new heights and mesmerizing depths, spanning genres and casting away the desire to paint this band into any category other than simply great music. The EP launches into a feel-good rock vibe, with the first of 4 songs, “Who You Are”; each spectacular piece of ear candy evolving into something ala U2 or War on Drugs. The first single and title track, “Heart Beat” - a consistent fan favorite during live performances - is an exciting gateway into a new plane of B & the Hive’s otherworldly, rock sound with an ending that gets your heart pounding. “Something Real” travels alternative terrain, evoking the band’s darker, eclectic tastes in experimental rock. The EP wraps with “Give Love”, an instant dance floor hit that has first time listeners singing along with every line of the song's warm and resonant message. Each song says something about this band, and this band has something to say.