If you’ve had a heavy weekend and need a little calming music to soothe your head after a long Monday at work, then the laid-back sound of Honeywords will be the perfect tonic.
The Seattle duo launched their very first music over the weekend with the chilled out indie music vibe of debut EP Seven Inch. They sent us final track Grey to have a listen to.
Grey opens up with laid-back guitars under echoey vocals, then various competing guitar lines come in as the vocals continue. It suddenly drops into a cool guitar noise, which feeds into a relaxing little riff over the rolling guitars. It’s a super cool, mellow track that brings their debut EP to a close.
We had a chat with Omar to find out more about the band shortly ahead of the release of their debut EP.
GR: Who are Honeywords?
HW: “Formally we are a duo: I sing and play the guitar and Koan plays bass. For our live group, we have friends fill in for the rest. We’re from Seattle, Washington and met through mutual friends and the music scene, we both played in groups and would go to each other’s shows so we eventually started writing stuff together.
GR: You just released Grey. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
HW: “Grey is written from the perspective of being a controlling and manipulative partner, it explores the idea of what runs through someone’s head in a toxic relationship, on both ends. I think people don’t often explore what it’d be like being the abuser, so we wanted to write something that could be interpreted from both sides.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
HW: “Our sound is quite subtle and minimal, but we play around with loud/soft dynamics a bit, a lot of our other songs are built around the vocal melody and the guitars sorta accent it. I used to play in heavy shoegaze bands a lot so that’s where the fuzzy elements come from. We are influenced by things our friends and strangers we meet at parties and bars talk about. Like the tempo and the way they speak and that.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
HW: “Our songs usually start with me humming a melody and then we start arranging guitars, it’s not always necessarily about something that hits home personally, more about collective experiences you have in your head from conversations. I’m used to writing really introspective and personal music so it’s a nice change to writing about other people.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
HW: “Our influences are very broad because we both listen to different music entirely; some examples would be: Joy Division, Pedro The Lion, Bedhead, Lana Del Rey, and I quite like Red House Painters. I guess we really like artists that can play around with minimal instrumentation.”
What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
HW: “We are releasing a 7″ later this month (Editor: It’s out now!) and will go on our first full US tour in the fall, probably playing a ton of basements and attics as those are our preferred venues.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
HW: “We’d just like to thank everyone for any support we may receive in advance and invite you all to see us live whenever we are in your area!”