Honey Lung Share New Single Oh So Real and Announce Intimate Live Stream
Honey Lung will stream a live show from RYP Studios via YouTube on Fri 29th Jan at 7pm here https://www.youtube.com/HoneyLung
Following the success of recent EP ‘Post Modern Motorcade Music’, alternative rock band Honey Lung return with powerful grunge track ‘Oh So Real’. A visceral churning blend of heavy bass and wailing guitars, “it’s a song people seem to really resonate with when we play it live” says leads singer Jamie. Released on Big Scary Monsters, it follows a string of singles the band have been dropping across the last few months. The band have also announced an intimate live stream performance from RYP Studios on 29th Jan at 7pm.
Talking about the new singles, Jamie said; “Our release of ‘Post Modern Motorcade Music’ in early 2020 felt meaningful and exciting during the tough year, but it was painful for us that we were not able to tour the release properly. A highlight of the year for us was returning to our home from home at RYP studios to mix some tracks from the recent EP including a veritable Honey Lung classic, and record two soon to be released tracks, including ‘‘Oh So Real’. We can’t even begin to explain how cathartic it was to get together in that space and play these tracks with full gusto together. It was a place we’ve spent countless hours over the years, working with people we loved and respected, and we were able to fully release the pent up energy we’ve all been bottling. ‘Oh So Real’ is a song that feels uniquely Honey Lung-esque and yet it’s not like anything we’ve released so far.
“Oh So Real” emits this fierce grungey tone in the first few bars, the intensity ramps up with the biting drum beats before the vocals join the impressive atmosphere. The break-downs become a vital listen, the bass lines break out of the colossal soundscape to provide their own push into the complex rhythms. This track is monumental, the energy screams ferocity, whilst the lyrics bring the relatable essence into the hard-hitting arrangement. The chugging of the riffs become a bed for the harmonious vocals and honest lyrics despite the feeling that the music is challenging those lyrics. Pressing and powerful- hit play.
While the world might’ve hit the brakes in 2020, it’s clear Honey Lung’s profile has risen unrelentingly. The band continue to hone and perfect their musical output, even remotely: “a hint of indie, a large dash of emo, a pinch of shoegaze and a generous dollop of alt-rock” (Gigwise). Their distinctive style has seen them receive support from Spotify’s editorial playlists, including ‘New Music Friday’, ‘Hot New Bands’, ‘Garage Jams’, ‘Alt Rocked’ and ‘All New Rock’, as well as Apple Music’s ‘Breaking Rock’.
Jamie continues; “The end of 2020 was a weird time for all of us in the band, and we imagine for pretty much every band around the world. You won’t find another time in history when everyone from the big touring bands, to the grassroots teens have been so equally crippled – by both the virus, and our government’s constant dismissal of the arts. We, like many other musicians, have had to find the positives throughout the year somehow. There’s a bit of a darkly comic joke that break-ups lead to great songs, so it makes sense that these lockdowns are just one, long drawn out, painful break up for musicians from gigging.”
Honey Lung have certainly earned their stripes as a live band, hitting big-name festivals such as Reading & Leeds (where they headlined the BBC Introducing stage), Latitude, tastemakers’ favourites SXSW and The Great Escape. It’s not only festivals paying attention; scene frontrunners Citizen and Basement enlisted Honey Lung for their UK/Europe tours, respectively. Indie-rock darlings Vundabar, Bloody Knees, Airways and JAWS have also brought the Londoners on the road.