The Bumblebeez

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The Bumblebeez
Origin Braidwood, Australia
Genres Indie
Occupation(s) Musicians, songwriters
Labels Bang Gang 12 Inches
Members Christopher Colonna, Pia Colonna

The Bumblebeez (previously known as Bumblebeez 81[1]) is an Australian indie band, formed by Christopher Colonna and his sister Pia Colonna (AKA Queen ViLa). The band's music has been described as a, "cut'n'paste collision of noisy hip-hop and rock."[2] Their full-length debut album was Prince Umberto & The Sister of Ill, released in 2007.[3]


The band was formed by Christopher Colonna and his sister, Pia, of Braidwood, New South Wales. The band was unearthed by the Australian radio station Triple J in 2002.[4] Around the same time, they won a competition run by the ABC's short-lived Fly TV, making them the first to sign to the Fly Records label.[5] In 2004, The Bumblebeez served as opener for Radiohead in Melbourne and Sydney.[6]

The band released White Printz and Red Printz EP's, before compiling them into one album called The Printz for release in 2004.[7] The band released their first full-length LP Prince Umberto and the Sister of Ill in September 2007, featuring the singles "Dr. Love" and "Rio". The album was selected as Triple J's "feature album,"[3] and nominated for a J Award on 28 November 2007. The album was mixed by Zdar of the French band Cassius.[6] In May 2011, the EP I'm a Cowboi was released.

Their new single "Summer Bum" was premiered by Richard Kingsmill on his '2011' triple j show on Sunday 18 September.


  1. ^ "Bumblebeez 81". Triple J. 18 March 2004. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. The Bumblebeez biography Retrieved 2011-09-08.
  3. ^ a b "Review for Prince Umberto and the Sister of Ill". Triple J. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  4. ^ "The Bumblebeez – ACT Unearthed winner". Triple J. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  5. ^ Bumblebeez 81 – White Printz EP CD Retrieved 2011-09-08.
  6. ^ a b "The J Award Nominated Albums – Prince Umberto & The Sister of Ill / Bumblebeez". Triple J. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. The Printz review Retrieved 2011-09-08.