Today’s track of the day comes from newcomers Honey Lung. Combining tones of 90s grunge with a more current psychedelic/rock vibe, the band is already building an enviable reputation with their new take on the indie genre.
‘Real Reason’ was streamed ahead of new EP ‘Kind of Alone’. A gritty yet heartfelt interpretation of mental health, this highly emotive track will be relatable for many listeners, yet manages to maintain the sense that this is a hugely personal song. A heavy tone combines with almost monotone vocals and sharp riffs, crafting a chillingly beautiful atmosphere.
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Already being likened to artists such as Yuck, Honey Lung are clearly a band on the rise.
GIGsoup were lucky enough to catch up with the band.
So, how was Honey Lung formed?
The current line-up for Honey Lung was conceived in January, but you could say that the band dates back 3 years, when Omri and Jamie started playing together under a different name.
You have quite a unique sound; your music contains elements of grunge, indie and psych, to name but a few! How did you find your sound?
Our sound is heavily influenced by what we listened to growing up and what we listen to now, a mix you could say. Generally the more bands we listen to over the years the more it adds to the sound. I would say it’s quite an eclectic bunch from bands such as Black Sabbath to The Stone Roses, generally anything that’s interesting pop.
‘Real Reason’ has a slightly darker feel about it compared to your first release ‘Sometimes’. Is there a story behind the track?
‘Real Reason’ is quite a personal song (Jamie) as it was written at a low point in my life, It’s a song about mental health. ‘Something’ and ‘Real Reason’ were written nearly a year apart.
Do you have a particular creative process when writing/composing?
Generally I (Jamie) will write the song in its bare bones state, usually at home with some recording gear. I then bring it to the band and we all work on fleshing it out.
Already your music is being compared to the likes of Yuck and The War on Drugs. Would you say that this is an accurate representation of your music?
Since both of those bands in our opinion are some of the greatest bands of the 21st Century, we take it as a huge compliment. I would say Yuck are definitely a big influence on us and The War on Drugs in some ways. We are diverging a little bit from the grandiose sounds that one could say sounds War on Drugs like. Nonetheless ‘Lost in the Dream’ had a huge impact on all of us, musically and emotionally.
Do you have any notable musical influences?
I would say our top 3 biggest influences of all time are. The Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr and Pavement.
How would you summarise your sound in only one sentence?
Beautiful Sonic Dirt Noise.
Finally, which bands are you listening to currently?
We are currently listening to Alex G, The American Analog Set, Death Grips, Wild Nothing and The Radio Dept..
‘Real Reason’ is out now, via RYP Recordings