Beard of Bees
Born in Northern New Jersey, now residing in Northern Vermont, Mike Gaito is a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose disparate musical tastes and unique vision has left him with an amalgamated style all his own. With influences ranging from Harry Chapin to Frank Zappa to Phish, from Nick Drake to Mike Keneally to The Flaming Lips, Mike Gaito is proud to present his first solo release, Beard of Bees. Described, often in the same breath, as odd, beautiful, epic, joyful, heart-felt and inspiring, Beard of Bees is hard to describe and harder to categorize. An introspective exploration by a self-described extrovert, Beard of Bees is a pure creative explosion, assembled with little concern for commercial viability, possibility of live recreation or fear of emotional exposure. In a frenzy of do-it-yourself spirit, Mike sang all the vocal parts and played all the instruments (minus the drums). Mike recorded Beard of Bees himself, while locked in his sweltering home studio for most of the Summer of 2006. Mike says of his own creation, 'Beard of Bees is both cathartic and celebratory. The songs mirror me, my thoughts and feelings to an almost uncomfortable degree. This music is me.' Featuring songs about emus, asparagus, self-doubt, and canoes and containing off-kilter guitar lines, memorable melodies, and the occasional choir, Beard of Bees is a dreamy, surrealistic journey of a singular creative mind.