They Fly Around CD Reviews
Released March 1998
Y’know, there are
some people in the world who simply reek of ideas, Stephen Dees is one of those
names on the fringe of pop music culture. He’s a better than good musician,
which shows itself well on the debut release from Bandees, his new
outfit. The band has achieved what many Consider impossible--a dozen perfect
pop slices, all with a unique sound and identity that fit neatly together
into a very cohesive package. No mean feat! Dees’ most obvious strong point is
as a great songwriter. The influences are pretty classic; you’ll hear hints of
everything from The Beatles to Elvis Costello in the songwriting. Nothing wrong
with that. The album’s second strength is the sheer talent of the musicians
involved. All the players are very, very good, including vocals that really
stand out from the crowd. However, the glue that binds all this talent together
is the creative cleverness displayed throughout. Production and engineering are
both superb. In short, They Fly Around is nothing short of a true pop
masterwork! It shouldn’t take more than the most basic break to push these
people into the spotlight they richly deserve. **** (4 out of 4)
[Craig Michaels JAM Magazine Review 04/98]
shine like the Corona Borealis on their debut CD entitled, They Fly Around.
Each song is a luminous star that plots the course through the imaginative
Bandees Constellation. With a psychedelic feel reminiscent of early David Bowie,
the band embrace a refined sound with smooth vocals and colorful
instrumentation. An essence of honesty is conveyed throughout the songs with
styles varying from silky ethereal folk, to energetic pop anthems. Blast into
orbit and experience an astral resurgence as you transcend to a newer dimension
of musical renaissance with the Bandees and their exceptional CD, "They
Fly Around" ***** (5 out of 5)
[Gina Trifiletti, Managing Editor, Connections Magazine]
are on the cutting edge of music with a diverse style, incorporating many forms.
On their debut CD "They Fly Around" there is something for
everyone, from rock to folk, funk to alternative. It’s better than
listening to the radio........"
[The G-Man 95.7 WHOG the Top rated OZONE Saturday Night]
writes outstanding pop rock tunes with infectious melodies and grooves. I
foresee the Bandees rising to an international level ."
[Beaver Felton, Super Chops]
"Dees who tends
to accentuate his vocals sounds at times like an American David Bowie, but Dees
vocals contain the conviction and forcefulness that Bowie’s too often
[Steven Brieff, Records]
offers the listener a great peek into the music and lyrics of one of Florida’s
great bands. With a little more exposure for this band, they are destined to be
famous. They Fly Around, is well worth getting"
[the fritz, the new college music magazine]
evolutionary, perfect for the college market.
[Joe Skinner, President, Trackspotting]