Luke Cyca and Devon Lougheed are a strange and won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion. Indi­vid­u­ally, Cyca is a ther­a­peu­tic pro­tein mol­e­cule designer and elec­tron­ics recy­cler and Lougheed is a doc­toral can­di­date and come­dian. Together, they are Bee­keeper – an irrev­er­ent indie band breez­ing into Vancouver’s music scene.

Cyca, a prairie boy from Swift Cur­rent, Saskatchewan, began his musi­cal career at home, singing with his father and sis­ter. After a pro­to­typ­i­cal string of garage bands in high school, Cyca moved to Van­cou­ver and bought a drum set. “I was in a band called The Kitchen, I played in a cou­ple other projects, and I play with Piper Davis now. That brings us to Bee­keeper,” says Cyca.

Lougheed fol­lowed a sim­i­lar musi­cal vein, always instill­ing his trade­mark cheek­i­ness. While in his home province of Ontario, Lougheed was in Tomate Potate — a band known for their onstage mar­tini con­sump­tion. “Fans started send­ing us mar­ti­nis and it turned into this game of ‘How many mar­ti­nis can these guys drink in a twenty minute period?’ Then one day the bassist, Nich, came up to me and said, ‘Just so you know, I don’t really like mar­ti­nis,’” Lougheed smiles. “So that’s why I’ve got a band­mate now who likes martinis!”

Bee­keeper melds high-energy beats with uncon­ven­tional time sig­na­tures, appeal­ing to both light-hearted lis­ten­ers and music nerds. Lush earnest vocals are bal­anced with play­ful melodies. “It’s indie-rock made by reformed hard-core kids who are suck­ers for male/female har­monies and sin­ga­longs,” says Lougheed.

Cyca and Lougheed keep things inter­est­ing for them­selves with con­stant exper­i­men­ta­tion. “Devon writes two new songs every week, so there’s no short­age of chal­lenges,” Cyca explains. “An mp3 comes to my email box and it’s got the shit­ti­est synth instru­ments play­ing drums — they’re not sequenced, just played live. I lis­ten to it a few times, we jam on it and it changes a bit into a real song. And that’s how they’re made.”

The record­ing of Beekeeper’s first album, BE KEPT, was an adven­ture in itself. Recorded through­out Canada, from par­ties to bed­rooms to stu­dios, the result­ing posh­ness of the tracks sur­prised the band. “We did every­thing wrong in terms of how you’re sup­posed to record,” says Cyca. “And then we dumped every­thing on Colin Stew­art at Hive Stu­dios,” laughs Lougheed. “He’s the god­fa­ther of the Bee­keeper baby.”

Lougheed means this quite seri­ously. “Inter­view­ing us about the album is like inter­view­ing new par­ents about their first baby. I like every­thing about it! I even like when it poops!” Cyca nods in agree­ment, “Nor­mally, after mak­ing an album, I’m totally sick of it, but this one I can actu­ally lis­ten to and enjoy still.”

BE KEPT fol­lows the nar­ra­tive of a man search­ing for some­thing to keep. While Beekeeper’s core con­sists of Cyca and Lougheed, they often fea­ture musi­cal guests in their live per­for­mances and a vari­ety of female vocal­ists, a vio­lin­ist, and sax­o­phone player were recruited to fill their sound on the album.

“I’m the most proud of Bee­keeper,” says Lougheed. “My mom has been dri­ving around with a copy and singing along, every once in a while she’ll call me and say things like, ‘What is this song about? I just like it so much! This is such a sig­nif­i­cant improvement!’”

Beekeeper’s album BE KEPT is avail­able online and down­load cards will be avail­able at SAD MAG LIVE this Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 9th!

Pho­tographs by Tina Krueger-Kulic.

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