Published Feb 14, 2012Following last fall's Hello Jesus EP, Caledonia member Steve Gates will continue with his budding solo career when he delivers his debut LP A Bee in Her Mouth later this month. The Haligonian singer-songwriter's latest affair arrives independently on February 28.
A press release explains that the recording sessions for A Bee in Her Mouth started a day after Gates saw Daniel Lanois speak about trusting themselves in the studios, and apparently Lanois left an impression on the younger musician both as a producer and as a songwriter. The 12-song outing is described as having "harmonies reminiscent of The Band and the ambience of a Lanois record."
Gates tracked the LP with producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood) in a makeshift studio set up in a Halifax apartment, and the solo musician invited a number of local friends to participate. Included on the record are Jenn Grant and In-flight Safety member Daniel Ledwell on "Something New," while members of Caledonia pop up on tracks as well. You can check out a stream of the folksy opening number "Proud Convey It" down below.
Kris Pope (Acres and Acres, Jenn Grant) and Adam Fine (Gypsophila) are also featured on a A Bee in Her Mouth, and the pair will back up Gates on his upcoming North American tour. The trip starts off in Western Canada in early March, with a handful of dates spread across Alberta and British Columbia. Gates will, however, hit up Ontario and Quebec before returning to the Maritimes, capping everything off with a performance in Chester, NS. You can see the schedule down below.
A Bee In Her Mouth:
1. Proud Convey It
3. Bright Blue Candy Suns
4. Lost Balloons
5. Five White Tigers
6. Keepinʼ People Out
7. Hello Jesus
8. A Bee In Her Mouth
9. Something New
12. Down To The River
3/1 Jasper, AB - Olive Bistro
3/3 Golden, BC - Crooked Antler
3/4 Revelstoke, BC - The Last Drop
3/6 Fernie, BC - The Arts Station
3/7 Rossland, BC - Rafters Lounge
3/9 Invermere, BC - Strand's Old House Restaurant
3/10 Kelowna, BC - Streaming Café
3/13 Fairmont Hot Springs, BC - Smoking Water Coffee Co.
3/15 Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar
3/17 Lethbridge, AB - Owl Acoustic Lounge
3/18 Calgary, AB - TBA
4/21 Halifax, NS - Company House
4/27 Montreal, QC - Burritoville
4/29 Guelph, ON - Cornerstone Café
4/30 Hamilton, ON - TBA
5/2 Toronto, ON - Supermarket
5/3 Peterborough, ON - The Montreal House
5/4 London, ON - East Village Arts Coop
5/5-6 Schenectady, NY - Moon & River Café
5/8 Woodstock, NY - Harmony Music
5/11 Burlington, VT - Skinny Pancake
5/12 Somerville, MA - Arts at the Armory (Market)
5/12 Somerville, MA -Arts at the Armory (Café)
5/13 Montpelier, VT - Skinny Pancake
5/20 Breadelbane, PEI - Funk The Dunk
5/26 Chester, NS - The Playhouse
Steve Gates - Proud Convey It by killbeat music