HONEY WILD is a ’60s-influenced rock ‘n roll band from Brooklyn. They released a double A-side, “Garden / Magnifique” on Shorewave Records back in November and are gearing up for an exciting spring. Listen to their lead single, “Garden” below, order via their bandcamp and catch them live.
Named after the 1967 Beach Boys favorite, Wild Honey, HONEY WILD mix tones of their counterparts with the frenetic afro-pop of recent contemporaries. The band formed in late 2011 through mutual friends at the late Williamsburg’s Blackbird Parlour, where lead singer Joe Stevens met college friends Andy Payne and Steven Laing while working as a line cook. Ultimately, along with the addition of childhood friend Alex Rainer, the band turned into a dynamic four-piece. Honey Wild balances A.D.D. songwriting with pop sensibility, referencing city life and bohemia.
“Brooklyn band Honey Wild will take you there – with warm, delightful guitar riffs and addictive, bohemian beach vibes. Comparable to the indie dance rock of Vampire Weekend, Honey Wild follow a stellar formula: darling and quirky lead vocals (Joe Stevens), frenzied guitar chords and songs climaxing in kick drums and symbol-smashing.” — ‘Listening Party’ feature on Bushwick Daily, January 15
“If anything though, it’s the second side that really impresses. Sounding less Vampire Weekend and more Real Estate, ‘Magnifique Innocent’ finds the perfect balance between surf and stoner rock, mixing beautiful melody with the occasional warped guitar solo. All this garnished with a healthy slice of backing tambourine. Bring back summer.” — AA-side single review on ArtRocker, November 13
“If, like me, you’re sitting in an overly heated room staring at a sunny if chilly November day, longing for summer to come back, then I highly encourage you to listen to Garden. The surfy melodic track features quirky beats and jangly guitar riffs reminiscent of early Vampire Weekend.” — CMJ premiere of ‘Garden,’ November 13
“Light-hearted and summery, “Garden shows the group interacting with the vibrant art scene, the lovely walks, and the live music culture of one of our favorite towns [Montreal]. Interspliced with some distinct live footage from the group, this video is like a garden itself—full of coloful, living variety.” — Impose premiere of video for ‘Garden’, November 25 (above)
“Garden is brilliant. A laid-back Summer strum that Vampire Weekend would break laws to get hold, but with sudden shifts in to some far more urgent and energetic pastures that keeps the listener on their toes throughout.” — GoldFlakePaint, November 28
For press and booking inquiries, please contact chris @ shorewaverecords.com