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Sonic Kitchen

by Bandees

".mixing the best of the Beatles, Bowie, a dash of X, Elvis Costello, the Violent Femmes and a drop or two of chick-rock cool, with a good-sized chunk of that whole late twentieth century psychedelic jangly pop guitar thing." -Backstage Pass Magazine
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Loopy Jane
3:46 $0.99
2. Hi Laissez-vous Voler Babe'
3:25 $0.99
3. She Blows
3:29 $0.99
4. Down
2:12 $0.99
5. Hold My Breath
5:01 $0.99
6. Something Big
1:01 $0.99
7. Music Box
3:11 $0.99
8. Where You Are
3:28 $0.99
9. Saint Joan
3:55 $0.99
10. Hand in the Fire
0:48 $0.99
11. Monkey Boy
2:23 $0.99
12. Claudia
3:10 $0.99
13. Kid
3:28 $0.99
14. Love Will Save the Day
2:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Bandees; featuring vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, Stephen and Patricia Ann Dees; are a duo that displays both versatility and virtuosity with a wide-ranging yet distinctive sound. With the amazing Alberto Cruz on drums; this Indie, Power-Pop, Alt. Rock band manage to create the most monstrously delicious slabs of music out of a myriad of influences.

Bandees founder, Stephen Dees has toured/recorded with many diverse acts, including Todd Rundgren, Hall & Oates, Tony Carey, Victor Wainwright, Noble “Thin Man” Watts and Novo Combo, co-founded by Dees and Santana drummer Michael Shrieve. Novo Combo released two critically acclaimed Polygram Albums, the self titled "Novo Combo" and "Animation Generation", featuring the Dees penned hits, Up Periscope [Billboard Top rock tracks], Animation Generation [Top 5 MTV video] and City Bound (E-Train) [Billboard Top rock tracks] a song co-written with tunesmith Desmond Child.

In 1998, Stephen decided it was time to start the band he’d always dreamed of; with the ability to play any style of music and make it their own.
Patricia Ann Dees’ classical background and beautiful voice; made her the ideal partner to realize this goal. On vocals, flute, oboe, saxophone, harmonica, bass and keyboard; Stephen refers to Patricia as the “Brian Jones” of the group, with the ability to pick up just about any instrument to add that special touch.
With Stephen’s charismatic vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and seemingly endless prolific song writing ability; the twosome have been the core and creative force behind the Bandees 5 CD’s.
Alberto Cruz, a dynamically creative drummer; joins the Bandees as a collaborating member for their 6th release, “Sonic Kitchen”. Alberto has toured and recorded extensively in America, the Caribbean and South America, with artists including Flock of Seagulls, Alejandro Delafuenta, Meritaje and Water.

With the Bandees latest CD “Sonic Kitchen” they continue to serve up their own unique brand of tasty sonic treats. Bon Appetit’…

SLD Music
P.O. Box 487, Edgewater, FL 32132



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Greg Gumpel

This album is perfect!!!
This album has absolutely everything that makes me want to listen to it over and over again. From the incredible lyrics to the tastefull and simply perfect melodies, it's all there with nothing held back. "Claudia" throws hints of Strawberry Fields while "Hi" screams Hendrix's Highway Child, yet all in a very original and different way. Stephen, Patricia, and Alberto truly created a winner with this album. Buy it, open it, experience it, LOVE IT!

Joseph Skinner

Wow this is the best CD yet
Wow this record is captivating and sonically very well done. Theres not one song on here that has you reaching for the next track button. BRAVO I think your on to something here


"Okay - I just got Sonic Kitchen, immediately ripped it open and listened to the whole thing. I LOVE IT!!!" It's got layers of aural stimulation and a sort of psychedelic thing goin' on that's just fun to listen to.

Anthony Sica, Music Entertainment Magazine

Pop, Psychedelic, Garage Tour de Force!!!
I’m not gonna mince words. This album is simply a pop, psychedelic, garage tour de force. If this was 1967 and not 2007, Stephen Dees and wife Patricia Dees, the duo known as the Bandees, would be on every turntable in the US. From the erotic kitchen drama playing out in “Loopy Jane” to the Cheap Trickish, Bowie-esque charm of “She Blows” to the “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” sound of “Claudia”, the Dees have stepped up their usually intense game by cooking up a buffet of Beatlesque, Brian Wilson inspired ditties that rock, roll and flat out leave you with a sugar high. Add to that recipe inspired drumming by Alberto Cruz and several renowned area axe-slingers, and you’ve got a full kitchen. Stephen has worked with some of the best songwriters in the business throughout his career. A listen to “Saint Joan” and “Monkey Boy” is evidence of all the magic that’s rubbed off on him. Lush harmonies, fluid bass lines and subtle guitar licks abound, this collection even comes with a children’s choir section on “Love Will Save the Day” courtesy of Volusia Pines Elementary 4th Grade Class. Do you want to hear a new Badfinger, Beach Boys or George Harrison record? You’re in luck, cause you can pick up Bandees “Sonic Kitchen” on line now!!! It’s the grooviest, trippiest, hippiest, damn best CD ever released by a Central Florida duo… ever. Stick that on your stove and cook it.

Tony Evans (London. England)

WOW! Retro rock 'n roll done properly.
This is a fantastic album. Smart punchy tracks & melodies with great lyrics that don't leave your head. Believe me you won't want them to! I'm English & the Beatles got me into music, in my humble opinion John Lennon (RIP) would be proud of these guys. BUY IT!

Eddie Zyne

Surprising box of chocolates!
When I got my new Bandees CD, “Sonic Kitchen”, playing the tracks reminded me of that saying from the movie about opening a box of chocolates. Each track had its own surprising flavor and you never knew what you were going to get. Stephen Dees’ ability to produce and arrange has created this sweet box of morsels. For proof of how amazing these confections are just “drop the needle” on the first three tracks. There is exceptional magic in the track “Kid”, with an outstanding vocal by Patricia. I give this CD high marks and recommend you buy one, maybe even two, so you can give one to your best friend!

Rick de Yampert, News Journal Daytona Beach

Beatle-maniacs can take a magical mystery tour
"Beatle-maniacs can take a magical mystery tour through Beatle allusions in "Music Box," a song on the new CD by the Bandees. Even the song's soundscape is all Sgt. Peppery and fey like the Fab Four. "Loopy Jane," "She Blows" and "Saint Joan," three songs about eccentric babes, will quell the appetite of folks who miss Badfinger and Matthew Sweet. "Monkey Boy" outguns the Strokes by deploying Steve Vai-worthy guitar blasts from Dees and guest T.J. Evans. Crunchy-sweet guitars and Dees' all-American Bowie voice are key ingredients, but the band's secret weapon is singer-multi-instrumentalist Patricia Dees. Her flute brings a Beatle-esque, mourning dove melancholy to the lost-love ballad "Claudia." And her oboe haunts her lead vocals on the chick-flick emo of "Hold My Breath." "We all dig our music box," the Bandees sing on "Music Box." Pop-rock fans will, too." **** EXCELLENT

Tucker Doran, Backstage Pass Magazine Daytona Beach

Be Refreshed with Bandees
"Finding a band these days that doesn’t sound like every other band that you hear on the radio is very refreshing. The Bandees will satisfy the need for new sounds. If you are realizing more and more modern musicians losing creativity, don’t despair. With their new release, “Sonic Kitchen”, the Bandees are serving up a dose of originality. “Sonic Kitchen” is the Bandees sixth album and features songs like “Loopy Jane”, “Down” and “Where you are”. Great artists like The Beatles, David Bowie and Beck come to mind when listening to this beautifully written and melodic album. The songs are catchy and smart and leave you with a smile. The band features singer/songwriters, multi-instrumentalists Stephen and Patricia Ann Dees and drummer/percussionist Alberto Cruz. The Bandees have received awards such as “Best Writing Team”, “Best Vocal Group”, and “Best Duo” from Songwriters Showcase of America."

Victor Wainwright

The cleverness of The Bandees' lyrical content is immediately evident by looking at the song titles on their newest disc, Sonic Kitchen. "Loopy Jane, Hi Laissez-vous Voler Babe', Saint Joan, and Monkey Boy," are but a small taste of the group's flare. The Bandees appeal is obvious, from their Beatle-esque pipes (especially evident in the disc-opening "Loopy Jane") to their melodic craftsmanship and songwriting. The highlight comes from a slower, emotion-laden cut called "Love Will Save Day." This song of personal pain and hope is a beautiful, multilayered number that stays with you long after the album is over. Musically, the band has never sounded more exciting, confidently stepping forward to embrace a massive, moving sound that makes simplicity seem sublime.