*OUR INITIAL VINYL PRESSINGS HAVE SOLD OUT. ALL NEW LP ORDERS ARE CONSIDERED PREORDER ITEMS FOR A REPRESS THAT IS CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS. WE DO NOT HAVE AN ETA ON WHEN THE NEW PRESSING WILL BE COMPLETED BUT WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE ONCE WE DO. ALL ITEMS ORDERED ALONGSIDE A PHYSICAL PREORDER WILL SHIP TOGETHER AS SOON AS THE VINYL IS AVAILABLE. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INSTANT DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM UPON PURCHASE*
LP PACKAGING NOTES:
- Vinyl pressed at Softwax
- Lyric insert
- Includes download card
Saddle Creek Exclusive Swirl LP + Print Bundle - SOLD OUT
- Tan & Jade swirl colored vinyl
- Includes 2 Rivka Ravede signed 12"x9" art prints
- Limited Edition of 250.
Saddle Creek Exclusive Marbled LP - SOLD OUT
- Jade, Violet and Clear marbled colored vinyl
- Limited Edition of 250.
Standard LP - PREORDER
- Tan colored vinyl
Indie Exclusive LP available at participating stores on release day.
- Maroon, Deep Purple and Coke Bottle clear marbled vinyl
- Limited Edition of 500
CASSETTE PACKAGING NOTES:
- Released on Found Footage LTD
- Cassette design by Bráulio Amado
Ever since SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE released their self-titled debut in 2014, they’ve developed a reputation for being your favorite band’s favorite band. Theirs is the music of immersion, of confrontation, the kind that makes a listener stop and wonder, “How are they even doingthat?” And as the years wear on, that sense of bafflement has made room for SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE to quietly but steadily ascend, with their most recent album, 2018’s Hypnic Jerks, leaving them poised on the precipice of wider recognition.
On April 9th, 2021 SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE released their fourth album and Saddle Creek debut, ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH. The album signals new chapters for the band on multiple fronts, being the first to feature their new three-piece lineup, as well as the first to be entirely self-recorded and produced. Guitarist/vocalist Zack Schwartz and bassist/vocalist Rivka Ravede are now joined by new member Corey Wichlin, a multi-instrumentalist who relocated from Chicago to the band’s home territory of Philadelphia last year. In the spring of 2020, the trio began to write their new album at a distance by emailing files back and forth. “The process of making this album was basically the exact opposite of our experience creating Hypnic Jerks,” Schwartz explains. “We had to record that in seven days, because that was the studio time we had, whereas ENTERTAINMENT, DEATHwas made over the course of three, four months.”
An abundance of time wasn’t the only difference. Recording remotely offered the band an incentive to experiment with new possibilities for their sound, resulting in an album that is unlike any SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE has released before. Once the band finished recording and mixing the album digitally, they mastered it to tape, lending the collection a textured, dimensional quality. “We knew we wanted to use some new instrumental elements on this album,” Wichlin says. “We're not going fully electronic,” Schwartz adds, “But guitar, bass, drums just get kind of monotonous.”
Though ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH doesn’t cohere in a single, unifying theme, the band samples old obscure commercials throughout, many of which guided the process of writing a song instead of serving as an appendage. Schwartz describes his songwriting process as a stream-of-consciousness, while Ravede asserts that she doesn’t typically write vocal parts with any specific intention in mind. “When I write, the narrative usually doesn’t present itself until after the song is done. And even then, it depends on how the listener interprets the words,” she reflects. Regardless of how dreamlike SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE’s lyrics can be, reality rears its head throughout ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH.
The album isn’t a metamorphosis, it’s simply the newest iteration of a longstanding project. “There’s a line in the Bee Gees documentary that I think applies to us. I’ll paraphrase: ‘We may not have always connected, but we always stuck around,’” Ravede says. Schwartz jumps in, “SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE: we’re still here.”
Release Date: April 9, 2021
2. THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN’T DO
3. WRONG CIRCLE
4. BAD SON
5. GIVE UP YOUR LIFE
6. RAPID & COMPLETE RECOVERY
7. THE SERVER IS IMMERSED
8. IT MIGHT TAKE SOME TIME
9. WAKE UP (IN ROTATION)
10. I SUCK THE DEVIL’S COCK
written and performed by SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
produced and mixed by zack schwartz and corey wichlin
mastered by andy clarke
cover artwork by rivka ravede
insert artwork by nico trevizo
design & layout by corey wichlin