Single Review: Black Honey - 'All My Pride'
Black Honey are a band who were first brought to my attention in June of 2014 when they released their first demo, 'Sleep Forever' via the lovely Duly Noted Records. Opting to let the music speak for them, this was the easiest press release I have ever read. The demo came with the artwork and streaming link and no words whatsoever!
This is an approach I am actually quite fond of. It allows the listener to make up their own mind without distracting from the music. However, it also opens a doorway for other people to speak for them and since June of 2014, the conversation has been thick and fluid regarding Black Honey. I know all the glowing remarks that everyone else thinks of Black Honey. But this is the first time I've ever written about them.
Black Honey's current single 'All My Pride' clocks in surprisingly at just under 3 minutes. The track doesn't feel rushed or incomplete or as though they've crammed too much into a short space of time. This is not a lazy effort. It's fast paced and full frontal and the band are playing with a fiercer sound.
The vocals are wrathful, with a strong riot grrl attitude, supported by frantic guitar sections and roaring drum rhythms. Black Honey tease with gentler melodies, continue to play with vocal harmonies that act like an extended consciousness and of course, call upon the signature cinematic western guitar tangs and soundscapes that people fell in love with in the first place.
'All My Pride' leaves its listener tousled, squinting against the setting sun and rubbing dust out of their eyes as Black Honey kick up the dirt and speed away - never looking back to see what they've left behind.
Words of Karla Harris
'All My Pride' is taken from the band's upcoming EP 'Headspin' due out on April 29th.