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Honey Wild

Honey Wild opens for In The Valley Below at Rough Trade on 03.26

If Brian Jones had spent some time kicking it with Fela Kuti, he might have come up with something like Honey Wild. Named after Beach Boys' thirteenth studio album 'Wild Honey,' the group carves out a path between noodle-y West Coast hippy jams and Ivory Coast afro-pop. And their new 'AA-side' single "Garden/Magnifique Innocent" (what they used to call a double-side hit back in the '60s) covers this ground perfectly. The quartet is playing Rough Trade on March 26 opening for In The Valley Below. Be there and check out some of the catchiest summer jams you'll hear all winter. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


A bill of emerging NYC bands headlines Mercury on Saturday July 6: Honey Wild, Hani Zahra, Howth, Whale Belly

This bill at Mercury Lounge on July 6 caught our attention mostly because we rarely see 4 very diverse local emerging bands booked on a weekend night at the prime Lower East Side small venue. While we already covered melancholic poppers Howth and animated folk rock revivalists Whale Belly in this blog (check them out!), Honey Wild and Hani Zara are names we are foreign to - and we are going to fix that right now.

Hani Zahra (pictured) is definitely the quirkier artist on this bill - and we like that. On record they sound like an electro pop band with the added bonus of charismatic vocals, an element so often missing from a genre generally shy in the singing department. This being said, the band presents itself live as a quintet, so we can expect a real show. Opening track Roll Roll Roll (streaming below) is particularly fun, with a mangled plodding organ sound and cheeky vocals between Wall of Voodoo's elegant 80s melodies and the theatrical antics of an Ian Dury.

Honey Wild (in the picture) is a more serious band, but not necessarily more predictable. All the tracks from their recently released second EP "Mea Culpa" develop under our ears in surprising ways while building in urgency, without sounding forced, skillfully playing with tension and release contrasts - which is what rock'n'roll is all about. The vocals are particularly good for an emerging band - definitely a band keep an ear on!

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

See the night's Facebook event for exact set times.


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