Honey Lung’s grunge-tinged anthems are something to savour, with a well versed musical palette comprising a sliver of Sparklehorse, a dash of Dinosaur Jr. and a pinch of Pixies.
The London DIYers may have 90s lo-fi running through their veins, but their latest single ‘Complete’ is a less pigeonholeable gear shift: a progressive and unpredictable modern spin on the nostalgic reference points that demonstrates serious ambition.
How would you describe Honey Lung to a stranger?
“I would describe Honey Lung like a depressed clown. Our music tends to flit between happy and sad, we think we’re bittersweet. Loud and quiet is our thing.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Some of our biggest influences are bands like Sparklehorse, Wilco, Elliott Smith and Dinosaur Jr. Our initial influences were bands like My Bloody Valentine and Smashing Pumpkins”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Electric Ballroom with Jaws, Reading and Leeds BBC Introducing stage, our headline show at the Lexington last December and also Bush Hall with Citizen. ”
You’re based in North London – what’s your local music scene like?
“We have roots in Harrow which used to have a great scene, bands like Furs and Masks, Lazy Pilgrims, Bloxx and Little Green men would be packing out our local venue Trinity every weekend. Kind of disbanded as all the bands moved to different parts of London.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Hovvdy, because they are making the saddest most visceral music out there right now, Hussy – just cool as hell – and Wyldest, because their new album Dream Chaos is a dream-pop masterpiece.”
You’re playing the Hidden Herd & No Coconuts Alt-Dayer on the Saturday of Great Escape weekend – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“We are super stoked to see Weird Milk our longtime pals and BABii – she’s badass and we had a great time hanging with her at SXSW.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Honey Lung?
“We will be releasing and touring our new material extensively. We are so proud and excited to put this material out. It’s our best stuff yet.”
To coincide with Great Escape weekend in Brighton, Hidden Herd and No Coconuts are teaming up with global music distributors CD Baby and Sussex brewers Lost Pier Brewing to bring some of the hottest emerging artists to The Tempest Inn on Saturday 11th May. Honey Lung will play alongside The Ninth Wave, Orchards, Pizzagirl, Wu-Lu, Weird Milk, The Wants, Comforts, BABii and Speedboat. Free entry – RSVP on Facebook.