On their eponymous extended play, the Eric Bee churns out boozy blues-rock tinged with gospel, country, and a double dose of soul. Namesake Eric Bee proves a versatile and compelling frontperson, howling over crackling riffs and bubbling organ on “I’m the Dog,” and cutting through the whimsical horn section and piano melody of “Tomorrow’s Skin Cancer.” “Even though I don’t believe in a God, I understand what he intends,” sings Bee on plaintive closer “Light in a Cave,” turning the raucous heat down to a glowing ember.
– Reviewed by Bryan Rolli, Dec 2, 2016 | Austin Chronicle: Texas Platters
Eric Bee, self-titled. Seven-song disc from the eclectic singer-songwriter who mixes together a variety of American music styles, from rock and soul to R&B and gospel. Release show Saturday, Aug. 20, at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a video for the track “Tomorrow’s Skin Cancer”:
This is my favorite album of 2016 so far. It’s a gorgeous roller coaster ride of musical genres that turns right when you think you’re turning left and leaves you exhilarated and happy to be alive. No seat belts. I’m going to listen to it again right now.
– CD Baby User, Cope (The Eric Bee, May 2016)
Elephant Bones, Arms (2008)
Elephant Bones is a monster-truck mash-up of early ‘90s indie rock and more contemporary Americana fare. The band’s second album, Arms, is 14 tracks of banjo licks, drunken chorus vocals and upbeat numbers like standouts “Chrome Stereo” or the slightly psych “Red Rhinos.” Elephant Bones pepper the album with the best of all genres, a dash of gospel, a pinch of country, a liberal dose of white-boy soul, thanks to lead singer Eric Bee. As a front man, Bee is exactly six parts swagger, two parts cynicism and two parts sensitivity. It’s a winning combo for Elephant Bones, which features past and present members of other local bands ranging from the Whiskeyhounds to the Boys from Country Hell. With influences as varied as alt country, Guided By Voices and Irish punk, Elephant Bones is the best of all worlds.
– Emily Anderson, Freetimes Music, Cleveland
Elephant Bones, Boomerang (2006)
Comparing Cleveland to New York won’t fly in some circles, but the trio Elephant Bones channels the rambling nature of Ryan Adams and the darkness of a SoHo pub with accomplished ease. Produced by drummer Ryan Foltz, Boomerang is a tour de force of mid-’90s singer-songwriter college rock; think Steve Poltz backed by careening Posies. The voice of Eric Bee is the reason to stick this record out. Spinning his stories with a blind wit, he sings, “Let’s go climb a tree,” and it’ll send you straight to the Metroparks.
– Matthew Chernus, Cleveland Scene, Band of the Week, October 18, 2006