On July 12th, my photographer Mac Schibel, my Mom, and myself drove down to Baltimore, Maryland.
We had two missions: see really cool animals at the aquarium, and catch Me Like Bees - on tour with Never Shout Never and Hundred Handed. I've been following Me Like Bees for almost a year now, writing for them including press and album articles. Simply put - a band that has become a staple in my current music rotation, "Pneumonia" being one of the most important songs I've ever heard to date. Of course, The Hook covered Me Like Bee's most recent EP release, There Will Be Time - which is an awesome addition to their already beaming discography.
But, right now we're focusing on July 12th - more specifically the Ottobar.
Me Like Bees joined Hundred Handed and Never Shout Never on their June/July tour! The tour began on June 18th, and finished up on July 21st. The July 12th show was a special one, with Ottobar only having the ability to hold maybe 100-150 guests, the show was destined to be a tiny one. We were all excited. Small shows give the special opportunity for bands to sincerely connect with fans - and Me Like Bees made sure to take that opportunity whole-heartedly.
As the opening act, the crowd was unbelievably small. However, lead singer Luke Sheafer (Guitarist, Vocalist) as well as Peter Burton (Guitarist), Tim Cote (Backup Vocalist, Drummer), and Nick Bynum (Backup Vocalist, Bassist) made it a point to make everyone feel at home.
With most tracks coming off of There Will Be Time, Me Like Bees played tunes like "Tundraland," which kept the crowd engaged. The guys were great with the audience, mostly young girls who were maybe a bit rambunctious and rowdy, but starstruck and happy to be there in the intimate show space!
With a 45-minute set time, Me Like Bees performed better than I could've imagined! Their energy was amazingly high, they sounded fantastic - even better than through the speakers in my computer. Their music - catchy, upbeat, to be honest my Mom was super impressed with you guys.
Overall, I'm so excited I was able to catch Me Like Bees and Hundred Handed. Of course, Never Shout Never was also on this bill, but his part of the shows was so disturbingly dissapointing, I'm just glad that I had Me Like Bees and Hundred Handed to create a really awesome atmosphere for listeners - a bunch of dudes who took this small show very seriously, and it definitely paid off!