Along with an internship at Astralwerks, Colonna absorbed the city's hip-hop scene as well as rock bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Strokes. Both kinds of music informed his own work: his laptop-created productions -- which number nearly 500 at last count -- veer between spare, syncopated, Neptunes-inspired hip-hop and buzzing rock songs like "Ponyride" and "Step Back," both of which were among the tracks he submitted to the Fly Music Competition and Triple J Unearthed Contests in 2002. The Bumblebeez won both contests and put out their debut EP, White Printz, early the following year. The EP received U.K. distribution later that year; meanwhile, Colonna and company kept busy playing Australian festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, and completing their first full-length. The Bumblebeez made their U.S. debut, as Bumblebeez 81, in summer 2004, releasing Printz -- which combined White Printz with the U.K. single Red Printz -- through Geffen Records.
~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide