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Review: The Honeyrunners, “EP 2”

1 Comment 2 November 2014

Review: The Honeyrunners, “EP 2”

“Fans of soulful rock won’t be disappointed with this effort - there’s a little bit of everything here, from four-part harmonies that evoke a gospel to the fantastically loquacious guitar lines and the ever-present warm tones of the keyboards. There’s nothing subtle about The Honeyrunners, and that’s a good thing.”

Artist: The Honeyrunners

EP: EP 2

Genre: Soul Rock

RIYL: Alabama Shakes, Young the Giant, The Allman Brothers

The Honeyrunners EP2

The tagline on The Honeyrunners’ website confidently states: “sticky, sweaty, soul-drenched rock & roll” - and I’m not inclined to argue with that assessment. This is powerful, playful and gritty blues music injected with just enough modern rock to keep this from sounding too much like anyone else. It’s not a conceptually groundbreaking musical groundswell; but what it actually is, at its core, is a refreshed and reinvigorated blues rock typically reserved for the South. Except that it’s being written and executed by northerners, a Toronto-based quartet only two years into their partnership, to be exact.

The five tracks included on The Honeyrunners’ EP2 are just enough to whet the appetite for many more. “Under Control” kicks off our introduction with just the right amount of vocal-guitar-keyboard ratio to sound familiar, while priming listeners for an even more raucous time to come. This is a great example, however, of leading strong with a memorable melody and great vocal hooks. Those vocals. They will most certainly endear you if all else fails. “Hold Me” again calls on the strength of those vocals, particularly those of lead singer Dan Dwoskin, leaving the more refined sound of the lead track to push open their sound with a few more rough edges.

“Bones” then busts even further into the nostalgia with some pretty glorious-sounding four-part harmonies and some highly expressive guitar work courtesy of Marcus Bucci. “River Song” also calls on Gospel roots, and allows us to hear isolated vocals from all the band members throughout the song. It’s a refreshing choice, and one that’s easy to pull off when you have four members who can all sing their faces off in their own unique tones. But what’s more impressive is how easily they blend when they come together. “Muse” closes the EP out with yet another strong songwriting effort that shows the depth of the talent well, so to speak, that this band possesses.

Fans of soulful rock won’t be disappointed with this effort - there’s a little bit of everything here, from four-part harmonies that evoke a gospel to the fantastically loquacious guitar lines and the ever-present warm tones of the keyboards. There’s nothing subtle about The Honeyrunners, and that’s a good thing. This is vibrant, soulful, crowd-pleasing music guaranteed to get your foot stomping. If you aren’t singing along with the harmonies by the end of EP2, you’re probably made of stone. It’s difficult not to connect with a band that’s not holding anything back.


The Honeyrunners website: http://www.honeyrunners.com/

 

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  1. matt says:

    I like this quite a lot. Not what I’d normally pick but I’ll be buying this. Cheers!


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