“If intimacy intrigues you and makes you into a skittish peeping tom, then be sure to catch Bue at her next performance.” – Alan Sparhawk, Low
Mary Bue is an indie musician and yoga studio owner based in Minneapolis. A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams, and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit, the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue. Mary recently opened Imbue Yoga in South Minneapolis – an intimate, beginner friendly studio featuring many lineages of yoga – quite the “multi-passionate entrepreneur.” For the early half of 2017 Mary was an Artist in Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM – spending time creating in solitude, along the Rio Grande river gorge and Sangre de Cristo mountains. She released her 7th project The Majesty of Beasts in May 2017 which landed on 2017’s Best of Minnesota Music lists for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and #3 in the City Pages. Mary’s long-time support of PAVSA (Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault) as well as the release of this EP was also recognized in November, honoring Mary with 2017 Community Ally of the Year.
NEW EP THE MAJESTY OF BEASTS
The Majesty of Beasts is Mary Bue’s 7th release, thick with transformative events which occurred in its making. The content ranges from trivial, catchy pop-punk to harrowing personal hell. From leaving behind a broken dishwasher and a toaster oven in “The Shit I left in Duluth,” to feeling like an aging loser in a sea of hipsters at a bar in “Minnesota Goodbye,” Mary ventures deeper into environmental and humanitarian concerns in the title track “The Majesty of Beasts.” By far her most aggressive recording to date is “Petty Misdemeanor” in which Bue reveals to the public for the first time her experience of being a victim/survivor of sexual assault and the injustice/betrayal/failure of the legal system and close communities when dealing with this type of trauma (a portion of the proceeds of records sold will go to aid for supporting victims of sexual assault).
The Majesty of Beasts is Mary Bue’s first venture onto vinyl with a limited edition run of EPs. This album fit together like puzzle of numerous moving parts: a prize from Welcome to 1979 studios in Nashville’s Battle of the Bands, (where the EP was recorded), a career development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, a successful crowdfunding venture with Kickstarter and a coming together and breaking up of a band of two years (not to mention a divorce and a move to Minneapolis). These four songs are a close companion in nature to 2015’s Holy Bones and is a sentiment to the depths Mary continues to plumb in her own personal heavens and hells as well as our society’s.