Honey and Salt Premiere New Song via Post-Trash – S/T New Album Due Out 04/06 via Spartan Records – Preorders Available Now – Announce US Tour Dates

March 18, 2018

Mason Mansfield

Honey and Salt Premiere New Song
“A Nihilist Takes Up Knitting” via Post-Trash

Self-Titled New Full Length Due Out April 6th
on Spartan Records

Preorders Available Now

Announce U.S. Tour Dates


Austin, TX’s Honey and Salt have teamed with Post-Trash to premiere “A Nihilist Takes Up Knitting,” the raucous opening track from their upcoming self-titled full length, due out April 6th via Spartan Records. Along with an in-depth interview, Post-Trash praised the album saying, “the record is full of dazzling math-rock workmanship, but it mains a pop spirit underneath it all, turning songs of technical wizardry into something you can hum along with.”

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“A Nihilist Takes Up Knitting” is something of a mission statement for Honey and Salt‘s new album. The track highlights the band’s ability to blend Kinsella-esque guitar work and intricate melodies with the grit and lyrical depth of DC’s Revolution Summer. Honey and Salt hasn’t just inherited the sounds of those Dischord halcyon days, the band’s lyrics pack a sociopolitical punch as well. The album finds Honey and Salt wrestling with the chaotic climate of today and searching for the means to stay optimistic despite national and global issues that can appear insurmountable. Throughout the album’s lyrics, vocalist/guitarist Wade Allen (a former philosophy teacher) asks difficult questions about our humanity and the pull of complacency in times of despair, as well as the power of art for solace and inspiration.

Honey and Salt have announced a run of midwestern tour dates. See full itinerary below.

Honey and Salt tracklist:
1. A Nihilist Takes Up Knitting
2. Blame Game
3. Oyster
4. Myths
5. Simple Errors
6. But Not Both
7. Bowling Green Memorial
8. Cut The Fabric
9. Empty Space
10. Cascade
Tour Dates:

04/06 Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
04/07 Denton, TX @ Backyard on Bell
04/08 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
04/10 Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
04/12 Springfield, MO @ The Outland
04/13 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
04/14 Urbana, IL @ Ghost Planet
04/19 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
04/20 Houston, TX @ Spruce Goose
04/21 McAllen, TX @ Yerberia Cultura
04/25 Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records In-Store
04/26 Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall

For Honey and Salt, there is immense power in the parts of a whole. This idea has always been in the band’s DNA, from its three members — each with their own distinct and essential contributions — to the flurry of interlocking notes and melodies that make up their intricate songs. Now on their self-titled sophomore album, it also extends into their worldview, as Honey and Salt seek to cut through the pessimistic fog of seemingly inescapable sociopolitical unease, and highlight the vital capability of the individual.

Since their formation in 2009, the Austin, TX-based band have honed their sound through a series of releases, tours, and line-up shifts before settling into their most potent form: Wade Allen (guitar/vocals), Austin Sears (bass/vocals), and Benjamin Sams (drums/vocals). Where many bands look for commonality amongst its members’ tastes, Honey and Salt revel in their differences, seamlessly blending their disparate influences into a sound that manages to be complex without sacrificing immediacy. The self-titled album deftly utilizes everything from Kinsella-esque guitar lines, to post-rock dynamics, to hardcore ferocity — all while packing an emotional resonance straight out of DC’s Revolution Summer — and finds the band completely comfortable with balancing their intricacies.

The band’s musical approach goes hand in hand with the album’s lyrical focus: that a single person can still make an impact in the arguably insurmountable negativity of today’s political and social climates. Allen (a former philosophy teacher) and his bandmates explore the struggle to maintain some semblance of optimism in the face of national and global issues than can appear hopeless, and the importance of finding solace wherever you can — especially in music. For Honey and Salt, it’s impossible to separate personal from political, and they tackle challenging topics with a sense of compassion and humanity, not always finding answers but refusing to accept complacency. While indifference or nihilism may seem temping, Honey and Salt look for hope and comfort in the potential for progress that can be galvanized within anyone, and the belief that music can have the power to do just that.

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