Honey Wild


HONEY WILD is a ’60s-influenced rock ‘n roll band from Brooklyn. They’re preparing to release the follow up to their AA-side Garden Magnifique Innocent” (11/13 via Shorewave Records) this fall. Watch the video “Garden” below and order their 7” AA-side vinyl via their bandcamp.

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.

9/10 at PIANO’S with ISADORA
10/16 at PALISADES with ONWE


“This 7”, it is obvious [that is] mainly the influence of our favorite [from] the past two years: the phrasing, timbre, guitar playing, everything here reminds [me of] Mac Demarco and one would be ungrateful to complain.”  (translated from French) — La Blogotheque, July 8, 2014

‘If the [Rough Trade show, 4/14] is any barometer, the new record should feature a shifting artistic direction for the band, with more bursts of chorus jangle and occasional cascades of delay and reverb.” — ThoughtPollution, April 3, 2014

“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

” “Magnifique Innocent” is built around jangly electric guitar riffs that cleverly shift between keys for different sections of the song, while Joe Stevens’s rhythmic vocal melodies float on top.” — The Absolute Mag, November 2013

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

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For press and booking inquiries, please contact chris @ shorewaverecords.com