Come what may

Beesly talks genre-acceptance, family loyalty and crazy Bryan Adams fans

By Mike Ritchie

Photo: Beesly plays Saturday, Jan. 9 at South Park Tavern

Though many might think of the doll from the TV series Family Affair, the guys from Beesly got their name from a different, more modern show. Beesly members are big fans of Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam Beesly on The Office. The name was universally agreed on due to a major need for a name change.

“We needed a band name,” the guys explain. “We had one that absolutely none of us liked. Kyle had a song called ‘My Beesly,’ and we decided why not just call it Beesly? If we all agree why try any harder?”

The Tipp City upstarts bring wide-ranging influences including Green Day, The Beatles and Metallica to the fold, also revering Led Zeppelin, Queen, Weezer and the first two Oasis records. Part of their training came from family cassette tapes, though not all the sounds they’ve heard come out in the music—their young minds and ears have been assaulted by Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Iron Maiden. Beesly prides itself on being non-genre and insist any comparison to country is unintentional.

Sarting in Sharonville in 2014, the group played on and off for two years. They practiced regularly back in their self-described “dark ages.” They have around 30 to 35 songs in their arsenal that they have spread through the speakers at Blind Bob’s, Gilly’s, One Eyed Jacks and other Dayton haunts along with treks to Cincinnati and Columbus.

Their music it has been described as all over the place, in a good way.

“Conforming to a genre is lazy,” says the band, describing their approach. “It makes more sense, whatever the song is, behind it is the instrumentation. You don’t try to force it. It is what it is. You have to strive to innovate.”

Beesly brings an organic, fearless, come-what-may approach to songwriting so the results are always positive.

“We want our songs to be good, not different. We don’t care about genres, whatever we feel like putting on it, is what we’ll put on it,” they insist. “The music’s kind of all over the place because these are the patterns of the songs and we have no fear.”

Having an openness to style naturally lends itself to an acceptance of all things music. The band is happy to play with any group, at any location. To them, it’s all part of the musician experience.

“Last time we played [at Blind Bob’s], it was punk rock … There was a punk band with a trombone player,” they remember. “We’ve played with metal bands and lots of hip hop artists. We played at Oddbody’s once with a scream-o ladies band. Our common ground has been W.O. Wrights and the Fairborn area.”

Beesly keeps it close to home, not only in venue choices, but in core audience. A full house is great, but slow nights don’t bother them—especially when they have such loyalty within their families.

“Our parents are incredibly loyal, driving hours for shows,” they say.

The group is close with one another, too. But dedication to their roots doesn’t keep them from dreaming big.

“We always wanted a best friend band,” they say, “but for now we want to play with Slash.”

One night on the way home from practice they put in Oasis’s (What’s the story) Morning Glory? and a silent bonding experience occurred.

“They’re so competent in their compositions and ballads,” the group says with admiration. “The first two records are big influences on our newer songs.”

Not to be confused with Motley Crue’s ’90s masterpiece, their debut EP Feel Good is a doctor’s musical splicing experiment.

“Our new songs are a lot more similar, as the Feel Good EP was kind of all over the place.”

Their most memorable and notorious gig to date happened at McSobers Saloon in Coldwater, Ohio. What started as a quiet evening ended Animal-House-style with lots of Bryan Adams fans.

“It was a real bizzaro night,” they remember. “There were about 10 or 15 kids, we did a stand still show. We played the first set. The second set a bus of 100 college kids showed up drinking, from Dayton. We were blindsided. There was a rail in front of the stage and people were jumping on it and coming on stage.”

The experience was like early ’80s punk shows when fans got onstage. Plus, the band got slammed with some odd requests.

“They wanted to hear ‘Love Shack’ a cappella and ‘Freebird.’ We played ‘Summer of ’69’ twice, and it sucked, but this crowd of 20-somethings got so into Bryan Adams. We haven’t played it sense,” they insist.

“We were covered in spilled beer, all the chords and monitors. Our drummer has a Pooh Bear and they tore his leg and ears off, pouring beer down its throat. Someone kept getting on stage and banging on the cymbals. It was fun, we enjoyed it. One of our monitors was drenched in beer and still works.”

Beesly plays Saturday, Jan. 9 at South Park Tavern, 1301 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. For more information, please call 937.586.9526 or visit southparktavern.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie at MikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie at MikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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