Toronto indie pop-rock band The Danger Bees, whose woe-is-me, I-suck, girls-suck lyrics, are endearing themselves to an audience sick of bravado and more in tune with unfounded anxieties, have titled their new album after a wonky cat drawing done by a 7-year-old boy named Wyatt. Produced by Luther Mallory, the 11-song album is the inaugural release on Daycare Records, co-founded by Mallory and music journalist Karen Bliss.
The story of Wyatt has received considerable coverage on CBC Television, radio and online, as well as on Halifax radio station Q104. The band's frontman David Macmichael and guitarist Ed Kramer finally met the two-legged Wyatt on a recent acoustic tour out East and played for the now 10-year-old at his school in Nackawick, New Brunswick.
The Danger Bees —— now solidified as David (lead vocals, piano), Ed (guitar), James MacNeil (drums), Josh Gillard (guitar) and bass player Mike Dorton originally formed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in 2007, after David, surprise surprise, went through “the worst break up of my life,” he says. "“I moved back in with my parents and I spent every single night with a pint of whisky and my guitar.”"
The result can be heard in such songs as the hands-up-if-everything-is-terrible sprightly pop single “"Good Year;"” gorgeous back-for-more-disapproval of “"Why Won’t You Listen"” and apologetic acoustic lullaby “"Awkward Guy.”" In addition to those three songs, Wyatt includes another eight songs, including "“Leading Me On," “"Standing Still (The Girls I Call Don’'t Answer Anymore)," "“A Solid Plan For Future Happiness (No Girlfriends)"” and “"The Bed Song."
The three songs released in 2011 got an immediate response from those who appreciate The Danger Bees'’ brutal honesty and sing-along pop hooks. “"Why Won’t You Listen"” was placed in the hit television show Degrassi and "“Awkward Guy"” served as the first single/video for the brand new feature film Moon Point, directed by Sean Cisterna and won a series of awards: Best Drama, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay/Writing at the 2012 York Regional Film Festival. . The video for "“Good Year”" was shot in one-take by director Gavin Michael Booth.
Daycare Records was launched in the summer of 2011 by Bliss (who writes for Billboard, Rolling Stone, MSN and more) and Mallory (former frontman for Crush Luther and now bassist/producer with Fortune fronted by JD Fortune). Neither is abandoning these “day” jobs.