Dirty honey – dirty honey
Dirty Honey is originally from Los Angeles and founded in 2017. The band is made up of Mark Labelle (vocals), John Noto (guitar), Justin Smolyan (bass) and Corey Coverston (drums). The first EP was released in 2019, and it was recently followed by the full debut album. The group was due to travel to Australia in March 2020 to tour and record their debut album there. Like many others, Covid-19 has reduced that bill. Then the group went to Henson Studios in Hollywood, California. The production was in the hands of Nick Dedia, who has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen, Amy Mann, Pearl Jam and others.
The album contains eight self-written songs. Although self-written and original, their influences clearly reside in groups such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Gans in Roses. But dismissing Dirty Honey as a copy of it isn’t fair either. The band is very good at it and their music is so great. Singer Labelle reminds us of a confusion between Robert Blunt and Chris Robinson. His voice moves mainly to the upper regions.
However, his versatility can be heard in songs like The Morning, in which he makes a raw, dark sound, and in the song Tied Up, you can hear him singing a cappella with background vocals. Guitarist Notto adorns the whole with guitar solos and solos with flair and other times. The songs that deserve special mention in my opinion are the aforementioned song “The Morning” and the blues and rock song “The Last Time”. Great album, highly recommended. (7/10) (self-production)
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