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Hello friends. Cheerio as it were.
In a bit of disappointing news, no one has used the word "cheerio" in a sentence, cereal reference or not, in honeyhoney's experience on the grand UK adventure. ( Let the record state however that, " blimey" was overheard this morning over a plate of bacon " rashers" and fine English cocaine. POW!
We kid. Living has been roughly clean over here. Aside from a single vomit brought on by a salt beef bagel at 4 am one London morning, our ails have many been the unforgiving mattresses of the Travelodge and our inability to refuse meat in pie form.
Here's another chunk of truth: Traveling the world to play music is a dream inhabited. When a dream is inhabited it loses its pretty dream makeup and becomes something real with equal sobering and intoxicating effects.
The shows have been unlike any we've ever played. We are supporting a true popular phenomenon in Jake Bugg. When we started in the States, we were playing many of the same venues we've played in the past, big clubs and theaters. Every show in America sold out and sold out quickly but in retrospect, felt like the little bubbles that cling to the bottom of the pot just before water really boils. The water is roiling over here.
Our first gig was in front of 6500 people in Bournemouth, a seaside town that feels like bizarro Orange county with its surfers and neon margarita signs. The show was held, like most of those that have followed, in a huge civic center meant to house a huge range of community events, sports games, business conventions, city functions etc. There was probably a boxing match, a knife expo and a bingo tournament that same week. It was our first glimpse at Jakes crowd who turned out to be comprised of…everybody. Jake is a brilliant musician with an incredible crew behind him and prodigious at 19. The fact that he writes songs worth singing all the words to and has achieved the rare momentum he has brings out enormous, joyous and often raucous masses of people that, on certain nights express a uncomfortable ambivalence towards the musical acts that take the stage and arent called Jake Bugg. That had left ol' honeyhoney in an odd spot for a couple few of these nights. Strangers in a strange land, wailing away to sea of stonefaced brits. HOWEVER! This has made our good shows even more fantastic. One night in Doncaster, in another massive civic complex, the response left us hovering a few feet off the ground, hugging arty English girls and shaking hands with their country music loving parents. Brighton, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Dublin...there were more. Beams of hope for the global expansion of team honey.
Through all this we fantasize about finishing our record and buying castles in the English countryside. When we do either, you're invited. We hope you're well and prospering or at least having fun. Accept our love from these foreign shores, postcards are on the way.
P.S. The guinness in Ireland really is better.
Our record Billy Jack is available outside of the United States for the first time in EVER so tell all your friends with funny (non-american) accents. We will be doing another Stageit performance TONIGHT at 8pm CST to blow off some steam and raise funds for our overseas adventures. We will be putting some signed vinyl, cd's, as well as t-shirts up for sale on our webstore to the same end because goddammit if we're going to be away from home for two months we're going make sure we eat.
I realize this email is not as longwinded as I'd planned it to be but there will be more to come, some travel reporting by ol' honeyhoney is in the works and we would love to continue to share these things with you. As always, thank you so much for being part of what is making a career in music for us, the fact that we HAVE a community of people who give a shizz is deeply humbling and it'd be a lot less good looking if you weren't a part of it.
- Stageit performance tonight at 8pm CST
- new items in our webstore to fund the global expansion of the honeyhoneys. Billy Jack is finally for sale digitally INTERNATIONALLY.
- making records and touring is an emotionally, spiritually and physically trying experience that is simultaneously rewarding on the same levels.
- you're awesome, we will write letters from the road.
Hola to you, our friend and fellow human! We hope your tan is coming along evenly and your summer hotdog and beer consumption is manageable while still being enjoyable.
We quickly want to bring you up to speed on whats been happening in the, "HH small business and Sweet Jam Development Division" (HHSBSJDD) as many of you have been very involved in supporting us, and helping us achieve our goal of being a band that you want to read the emails of.
Hopefully that last sentence didn't blow it.
Anywhoodle, here's the scoop! Unable to make a deal with the party we were planning to record album 3 with, we are now back in search mode, looking for the right situation to help us make this record. Our goal is STILL to have it ready for release in early 2014 and, with the exception of the 2 months we will be touring with Jake Bugg in the US and UK, our main focus will be making this record. None of the support (financial or emotional) you have given us has been for naught or squandered, in fact, both of us feel that finding a new situation to record this record will ultimately help us make it the best we goddamn can.
Cool? Cool. In the meantime we will be releasing select video performances of songs from our past 2 records and new jamz as well. Watch Little Toy Gun- live at the Family Wash (with string quartet!) now! We hope you enjoy. Thank you so much for sticking with us. When the Zompocalypse hits, you will all be welcome in our bunker. Just bring some beans or something.
Ben and Sooze
Disappointing as it may be, nothing in the title line of this email is a drug reference. Rather, they're awesome things about to happen!
Happy Monday. Good weekend? Awesome. Good, great. Oh man, bummer. At least you have fewer bug bites than us.
Busy as you are we'll keep this quick. We are having a sale. A two-part sale called the, " Fund the Record Sale and Experience".
We have created a store on Etsy.com for the purpose of selling our signature "Found Haikus", which consists of limited quantities of items that you can peruse at the aforementioned store. "Lyric T-shirts", a new goose in the honeygaggle, are also available on Etsy. The idea, delivered to Suzanne Santo via dream-vision, is a honeyhoney t-shirt with the lyrics to a song of your choice (honeyhoney or otherwise) handwritten on the back of the shirt.
All these items are made-to-order, when you tell us you want one, we make it for you.
In the very near future, our web store will be offering discounts on all the cds, vinyls, t-shirts, and waterbottles we've got. Also there will be vinyls and cds that we just signed with high-end "sharpie" brand pens available. (We will definitely mention this sale again in the coming days).
If you've read this far, thank you so much for your support whether it be financial or emotional. They are both appreciated tremendously and we are so goddamn excited to make this record. Won't be long now.
Suzanne and Ben