The US lo-fi rock trio Honey Bucket release the LP Magical World on the 23rd of September.
The first track to surface from the album (available through See My Friends Records) is the very brief Devo Hat lasting for a whisker over one and a half minutes, which contains far more than many existential length pieces that extend for four times as long.
Burnishing vocal sweeps the room to the accompaniment of burring guitar and buffering drums whilst hidden deeply in the production it is just possible to catch whispers of an analogue synth.
If you are in the USA or Canada there is a decent chance of catching Honey Bucket later on in the year with their twenty date tour starting in August, with more dates anticipated to be added.
22 San Francisco
23 Los Angeles
25 El Paso
27 San Antonio
28 New Orleans
2 New York
11 Kansas City
16 Los Angeles
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Honey Bucket is the alt-rock trio of Matt (Guitar / Vocals), Jon (Drums) and Vince (Bass / Vocals) from Portland in the USA.
The sounds seep through the room like water through green tea leaves – infusing the spaces with tinctures of colour. Honey Bucket produce material which appears benign, but has a distinctive and fulsome character. The trio create music which is endowed with understated munificence and spending time with them is time well spent.
The songs have semblances of garage rock, imbued with psychedelic surf and tempos switch between the lay back and ingest to the get up and dance frenetically, yet whichever the iteration there is a fuzziness that gives the resulting out-put an engrossing detail.
Not long out of formation – just over a year, Honey Bucket have already released two LPs and a three track single along with a heavy live performance schedule. Were the dice not loaded then they would already be a band you already knew, but the world doesn’t work like that, sadly.
I heartily recommend getting hold of the back catalogue (which is available on bandcamp) and keeping your ears pinned back for the inevitable next release. It is thanks to bands like Honey Bucket that being a music reviewer becomes so rewarding, as does my email in-box.
I wish them all the best and even if the rest of the world doesn’t get on the band-wagon for some obscure reason they will certainly sit on my play-list.
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