Bee Mask must be applauded. Many bands have tried to come up with the most horrifying band name, and all have failed. All except Bee Mask, of course. Is there anything worse than a mask made out of bees? It’s as bad as a beard of bees, but then it’s worse, because it’s your entire face. Horrifying.
Similarly horrifying: eating unripe pears. Seems our old friend Bee Mask is all about that, too! On November 19, Spectrum Spools will release Bee Mask’s new album When We Were Eating Unripe Pears on vinyl. The first 300 copies will be printed on translucent green vinyl. Chris Madak, the man behind the Bee Mask, describes the record as the proper sequel to 2010’s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico (which made our Favorite Albums list of that year), saying that it “[extends] that record’s preoccupation with the dream interiors of post-1965 Fellini.”
The seven tracks of Unripe Pears were worked on over five years, as Madak worked from sources such as unused demos and previously discarded tracks. These songs were further developed through Bee Mask’s live dates in 2011 and 2012. All together, the album’s tracks were recorded between 2007 and 2012 in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Final editing and mixing took place at Tranquility Base in Summer 2012, while mastering was done by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering. Then Madak donned his mask of bees and screamed at the songs before he sent them off to Pallas Group for pressing. Maybe part of that didn’t happen. How will you ever know?
While We Were Eating Unripe Pears tracklist:
01. Frozen Falls
02. Moon Shadow Move
03. The Story of Keys and Locks
04. Pink Drinq
05. Fried Niteshades
06. Unripe Pears
07. Rain in Coffee