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HONESTY Announce “BOX” Out 25th April via Partisan Records & Share New Single/Video “CEASE.”

March 11, 2024
Photo credit: Barney Maguire




Following the release of last year’s acclaimed debut EP, WHERE R U, the Leeds-based collective HONESTY have shared the haunting and ethereal new track, “CEASE.”, the first offering from their forthcoming project, BOX, arriving on 25 April 2024 via Partisan Records.

A 40 min continuous mix of instrumentals, remixes, and new material, BOX sees HONESTY venture further into an introspective, subversive, melting-pot version of club music. The mix features appearances from Florence Shaw (DryCleaning), vocalist RyanCooke as well as verses from rising UK rappers Rarelyalways and KosiTides.

Led by the whispered vocals of guest turned permanent member, ImiHolmes“CEASE.” explores the futility of anger in situations slipping beyond our control. 

Speaking about the new track which was premiered by MattWilkinson on AppleRadio1HONESTY said: “‘CEASE.’ is a very early idea that went through several different versions and multiple vocalists, eventually ending up as it is now: a lean, stripped-back pop song where our electronic & more traditional band based elements are fighting for dominance. Lyrically, we are talking about feelings of abandonment and disappointment, through the eyes of someone who’s dedicated themselves to someone else, and now just wants those feelings to ‘CEASE.’.

HONESTY has produced this gripping composition that grows, evolves and expands to this euphoric elation. This release builds upon the volatile tones and gentle harmonies, fusing with the moving melody, repetitive lyrics and minimalist electronic foundations, before all of these complex attributes jolt in their intensity and their volume, continuously weaving further additions into this almighty and impressionable landscape. This release soon establishes itself as one of the most crucial you will embrace.

With four core members – George MitchellMatt PeelJoshLewis and Imi Holmes – and a rotating cast of collaborators, HONESTY emerged as an exercise in doing things differently. The project was born in 2020, initially as a remedy to Matt and Josh’s frustrations with the creative restrictions of their previous bands. Out went defined parts and play-by-numbers riffs, in came fluid roles and studio experimentation. Tapping up friend George Mitchell who Matt had worked with in Mitchell’s previous band Eagulls, they went on the hunt for vocalists. Step up Imi Holmes who moved in over marathon track edits and late-night McDonalds sessions. Based in Matt’s Leeds studio The Nave, HONESTY became friends through making music, hanging out their way to a sound that they still can’t put their collective fingers on.

Songs from their 2023 debut EP WHERE R U pulse with the exhilaration of discovery, totally uninhibited by the weight of anything that’s come before. Listen to the EP here and watch the visualisers for  “U&I”“TUNE IN TUNE OUT”“NIGHTWORLD”, and “SEAMS”.

These are the boundaries that HONESTY have set for themselves – the sound can go where it wants, as long as the sentiment supports it. Making this music, in the way they’re making it, is about much more than mining for renewed creative expression; there is a concerted effort to harness the vitality of new beginnings, and the urgency it demands – you are here, right now, and that’s all that matters.


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