Sun • May 08, 2022
DOORS - 6:30pm SHOW - 8:00pm
HONNE’s lyrics have a habit of being eerily prophetic. Back in 2018, they released the single
‘Shrink’, on which they sang: “You'd better book me a shrink for 2020, ‘cause by that time I'm
gonna be crazy.” Then, in January of 2020 itself, the London-based duo decamped to Los
Angeles to start work on new music. The first song they landed on was called ‘What Would You
Do?’, with its refrain asking a question that was – they thought – entirely hypothetical: “Let’s just
say the world ended a week from now, what would you do?”
Among the frenzied, disparate creation of the album and its rollout, a simple mantra stood out to
Andy and James, which the band carry through with them now towards what comes next. “We
went into it just thinking, let's just write great songs,” James puts simply, describing the
“liberating” feel of not spending time worrying about anything on the periphery of the process.
“In the past, we’ve limited ourselves,” he adds. “We might get to a section of a song and things
are getting really exciting, but we then pull ourselves back and say, ‘Can we really do that?’.
Now, we’ve sidestepped the rules and done whatever we wanted to do.” Intentionally or not,
across their third album, HONNE have answered the question they pose in its quasi-title track
emphatically: if you were faced with the end of days, the only way forwards is to push on into
the great unknown.