Honey Wild

This week’s Listening Party features the Brooklyn boys of Honey Wild. Signed to Bushwick-local Shorewave Records, the rock’n’roller band will play their first Glasslands show next Tuesday. Listening Party is a curated weekly column promoting music discovery and encouraging concert-going. Featuring someone we’ve been jamming out to and we recommend to the masses, each Listening Party artist has an upcoming show at a local NYC venue. Grab your headphones and read on.

WHO:  Joe Stevens, Andy Payne, Steven Laing, Alex Rainer

THEY SAY:  “60s-influenced rock n’ roll”

WE SAY: Retro surf-rock melodies that will have your happy feet dancing away the winter blues.

FROM: Brooklyn, NY

ONLINE: http://www.wearehoneywild.com/

LABELS: Shorewave Records

RECENT WORK:  2013′s double A-side, Garden/Magnifique

UPCOMING SHOW:  Next Tuesday at Glasslands  (with Pretty & Nice and Yellerkin)

In the wake of The Polar Vortex, nothing sounds better than a sunny retreat to the West Coast. 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 cymbal-smashing.  Their quirky, surf sounds and 60’s rock style are in a class with the Beach Boys – who, cutely enough,  Honey Wild acquired their name from (1967 Beach Boys, Wild Honey). The four-piece band developed in the former Williamsburg establishment Blackbird Parlour, where lead singer Joe Stevens used to work as a line cook. In one of their new tracks, “Garden,” Stevens demonstrates an Elvis Costello ability to mix a little bit of funky with a whole lot of upbeat. A blend of old and new friends,  retro riffs and modern afro-pop,  city hustle and coastal chillness – Honey Wild are like their name: a tropi-pop, feel good sound that sticks.  Catch you at the beach cottage party  – er, I mean Glasslands .