Blasting out of the industrial town of Castel Goffredo, Italy, comes Bee Bee Sea – an exuberant surge of psychedelic punk rock. Having published a self-titled album on their own label in 2015 and an EP in 2016, they released their second full-length album Sonic Boomerang in 2017 through Wild Honey and Dirty Water Records (US) that's been penned with gushing reviews and editor's top picks as one of the best new releases to bring in the new year.
If you live in the US, the name might not ring a bell. Perhaps you have jammed out to their DIY sound when they played with bands such as The Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees. Bee Bee Sea consits of Wilson Wilson on vocals and guitar, Giacomo Parisio on Bass, and Andrea Onofrio on the drums.
The album kicks off with two cataclysmic songs. Opener “Sonic Boomerang” is an intense, nerve-racking number that would fit perfectly alongside King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s most chaotic numbers. The groovy, hip-shaking “D.I. Why Why Why” is akin to the psychedelic zaniness of the Thee Oh Sees mixed with some good old-fashion, rollicking rhythms a la The Stooges. The guitar work and the hammering rhythms are fantastic.
However, no other song says outrageously weird and wonderful than “This Dog Is The King Of Losers”. The music and melody are contagious, and the energy is off the charts. The lyrics, though, will have you laughing because how often do you hear a band repeating, “Who is the doggy? Who is doggy?”
Bee Bee Sea are a beacon of hope for the greater garage rock community looking towards 2018. Listening to the music somehow feels nostalgic, even though the period it recalls was less than a decade ago. It's a great ride, however, and there’s only one thing to do in such cases – hit repeat.
And who knows, Bee Bee Sea just might be revered like the Italian masters in a few years time. For now, we’ll call them – like some critics did only a few weeks ago – "Italy’s answer to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard". They definitely have the talent to reach the same cult status as those crazy psych-rockers..
"Bee Bee Sea makes a kind of revved-up garage-punk leaked from the mutant brains of Thee Oh Sees and Black Lips — bands with which the Northern Italian trio has toured — with a little bit of The Cramps' psycho-surf and Can's hypno-funk. For the next five minutes, don't take your hands off the wheel — you might fall into a pit of stabbing guitars or heavy tides of rolling bass" - NPR Music
A SNOTTY, BRATTISH SALUTE TO EVERYTHING THAT MAKES MUSIC FUN IN THE FIRST PLACE."-- CLASH MUSIC
Bee Bee Sea could very well be Italy’s answer to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard " - The Revue
"D.I. Why Why Why" illustrates everything that makes Bee Bee Sea's songs so intoxicating, opening with a catchy surf-rock riff and some driving percussion before the band's fuzzy, layered vocals come in" - Pure Grain Audio
" Explosive Sonic Boomerang as a whole is one head-spinning record from start to finish, overflowing with energy. It's an album that showcases the biggest and the best that Italy's punk scene has to offer" - Pop Dust
"Bee Bee Sea hook your ears in right from the off with Sonic Boomerang, drenched in reverb-soaked chugging guitars, simmering under spiking jabs of almost new-wave rhythms. The beat behind it and the repeating vocals over the top relentlessly drive the song, and the album as a whole, forward" - Louder Than War
Bee Bee Sea - 'Sonic Boomerang' Tour 2018
18/01 // Nyon - La Parenthèse🇨🇭
19/01 // Kreuzlingen - Horst Klub🇨🇭
20/01 // Kassel - Goldgrube Kassel🇩🇪
21/01 // Göttingen - Dots 🇩🇪
22/01 // Anvers - Antwerp Music City🇧🇪
23/01 // Paris - Espace B Paris 🇫🇷
24/01 // Limoges - Espace El Doggo 🇫🇷
25/01 // Bourges - Pub Murrayfield 🇫🇷
26/01 // Lorient - Le Galion 🇫🇷
27/01 // Lyon - Trokson 🇫🇷
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 220.127.116.11's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.