The Hanging Stars
Reveal brand new single “Honeywater“
Digital single due out on 27 October via Crimson Crow
Headline Live Date – Single Launch Party:
22 November – Servant Jazz Quarters – London (tickets)
“Honeywater” is the brand new single from London-based psych folk outfit The Hanging Stars. Taking cues from both sides of the Atlantic, the quartet mainline the dying embers of the early 70s psychedelic folk and cosmic country scenes, transforming them into an energized new sound for our times. The single was premiered via The Line Of Best Fit, who wrote that the song: “drifts through dreamy Americana wastes and their own “cosmic country folk” territory – it’s a supremely chilled ode for most of the duration (even when it dips into retro pop during the chorus), making the gut-punch coda a thing of real beauty. It’s brief but the sudden rush of intensity hits like a tonne of bricks.”
“Honeywater” opens with a mesmerising steel guitar riff, which drifts into a shimmering melody framed by singer and guitarist Richard Olson’s honeyed vocals, then soars into a rapturous chorus before ending with an exquisite coda. Recorded in a single day, the heartbreaking lyrics describe an unrequited love affair.
The band will be launching the single at an intimate date at Hackney’s Servant Jazz Quarters on 22 November, showcasing their mesmerising live set. The band recently shared the stage with GospelbeacH and Miranda Lee Richards at Moth Club, as well as supporting Teenage Fanclub and The Clientele, playing 2016’s International Festival of Psychedelia and this summer’s Red Rooster Festival, over the past year.
The Hanging Stars released their debut album Over The Silvery Lake in 2016, receiving plaudits from The Times, who described it as;“An album with enough of a hazy, sun-dappled charm to make the capital’s dreariest weather bearable”, as well as Uncut, who proclaimed that it was; “a promising debut from London’s The Hanging Stars, who switch deftly between deliciously sentimental Americana and swaggering psychedelia”. They picked up a good amount of support at Radio 2 and 6 Music, with lead single “The House on the Hill” scoring a much-coveted 10/10 by John Robb on Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable.
The band is made up of songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson (The See See, Eighteenth Day of May), Sam Ferman on bass,Paulie Cobra on drums, Patrick Ralla (The Alan Tyler Show) on banjo, guitar, keyboards and assorted instruments, with pedal steel courtesy of Joe Harvey White.
The Hanging Stars will be releasing their second album Songs From Somewhere Else in early 2018.