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Written by Stephen Moss / New Rock City
It’s not often that a new band has their drummer compared to Travis Barker. Along with that, it’s also rare to hear a new band whose sound is so polished and mature that you would think they have been a band for decades. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the trio from Wales called Honeytalks.
The drummer for Honeytalks is Lauren James. One article said about her style, “Think of Travis Barker, with an infinitely better haircut.” That’s some high praise. However, when you listen to Honeytalks’ music, you will understand it. For example, in less than a year of forming their band, Honeytalks was able to get the attention of Kerrang magazine. Kerrang had a contest for new bands with the winner receiving a record contract as the prize. Honeytalks came in second, which is a huge deal for a band who was so new and had just a few songs at the time. The song they entered into the Kerrang competition was their original song, “New Heights.”
Honeytalks have already played a ton of gigs and festivals. I created a music festival in England called, “New Rock City Music Festival” and Honeytalks was one of the 15 bands to play my show in July 2022. It was awesome because I got to see firsthand just how great these guys are live. Honeytalks had such stage presence and they were so comfortable on stage that I had to remind myself that they were a new band. Adam (the lead singer) was very interactive with the crowd. As a band, they were really able to raise the energy of the fans in the crowd. At one point, Adam even got off stage and some of the fans started to try to play his guitar.
They were so amazing at the show that I had to have them back for my next two festivals in Europe. On July 28 & 29, 2023, New Rock City will have a festival at a venue called The Live Rooms in Chester, England. Honeytalks will be playing on Saturday. Also, August 11 – 13, 2023, New Rock City Music Festival will be at a venue called, The Black Heart in London, England. Honeytalks will be playing Saturday for that show as well.
This is a band that has such infectious energy that you just have to see them live! In fact, I interviewed Honeytalks on my New Rock City YouTube Channel and I asked the singer this, “What is one piece of music advice you were given that has stuck with you to today?” Adam said, “No matter how many people in the room, you alway play as if you’re playing for an arena. You always put on your best performance.” This band definitely does that.
For fans of pop punk, this is a band you absolutely don’t want to miss.
Adam Robinson – Vocals, Guitar Lauren James – Drums, Vocals Dave Griffiths- Bass, Vocals
Canadians know how to rock – period! Sure, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and all other Canadian hockey stars can “rock” the ice rink, but, damn, Canadian rockers can take down the house too. Sold out summer stage The Stone Pony at Asbury Park, NJ just barely survived full onslaught of variety of punk rock. And if anything, we Blame Canada. Canadian rockers SUM 41 and Simple Plan just wrapped up their co-headlined North American The Blame Canada Tour 2022. So we caught up with them on hot, steamy night by the famous Jersey shore in the famous Jersey rock venue to witness one of the last shows in the tour.
Written by Andris Jansons
Night started off with very colorful performance of American band Set It Off. I was able to witness the band wrapping up their set. Some very joyous music, as colorful as the bands members themselves, and setting off many positive vibes.
Simple Plan came on stage as sun started slowly setting. With no backdrop banners, some contrasting clouds and blue sky set the beautiful natural backdrop. For a Simple Plan this tour served as a way to commemorate 20th Anniversary of their debut album No Pads, No Helmets …. Just Balls, and the band opened their set with the song taken from that album called I’d Do Anything. Other songs from album that were played were Addicted, I’m Just A Kid, The Worst Day Ever and Perfect which served as a conclusion for their set.
Bands vocalist Pierre Bouvier kept constant contact with the crowd and made quite a few references of the previous times band played in New Jersey. He even let the fans play with his balls …. Ughh, the inflated beach balls that is. Why, what did you thought? One lucky fan even received signed by Pierre beach ball. Later during I’m Just A Kid song the bands drummer Chuck Comeau addressed the crowd about pandemic and tour postponements and decided to crowd surf, but not before putting on a yellow hazmat suit with hazmat facemask, and when fans “returned” him to the stage he got disinfected with some smoke guns. A little lighthearted step back from all the stress we suffered in the last two years.
SUM 41 barged on to the stage like a Nor easter winds from the Canada in the middle of January. We, Jersey people know that all too well. Fittingly, just before the band came on the AC/DC’s TNT blasted from the speakers, just to give way for SUM 41 to blast first three songs – Motivation, The Hell Song and Over My Head (Better Off Dead). All three songs felt like one, relentless onslaught of hard-hitting punk rock with Dave Baksh shredding like a true metaller and vocalist Deryck Whibley delivering aggressive vocals. Same goes for everyone else on the band. Everyone was fully immersed in the moment and performance.
See full photo gallery for SUM 41 here.
SUM 41 dedicated this tour to their 21st Anniversary of their debut album All Killer No Filler. And while they played four songs from that album, rest of the set was nicely filled with the material from most of their discography.
Band delivered a hard-hitting punch for the night as crowd was going off in the pit and crowd surfers came forward like ocean waves crashing the Jersey beach.
Both Canadian bands are now scheduled to travel to Europe for better part of September and October, and later SUM 41 will join Offspring for their Australian Tour.
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In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Grammy-nominated band SUM 41 have shared a first look at the details of their upcoming eighth studio album. Vocalist Deryck Whibley shared that the double album, titled Heaven and Hell, is shaping up to be the most ambitious of the band’s career – half of the album brings SUM 41 back to their pop punk roots, Heaven, and half of the album is strictly metal, Hell.
“As I listened to almost all of [the newly written songs], it just kind of dawned on me. Did I just make a double record on accident?”
On the metal half of the album, Whibley says, “Some of the metal stuff comes with a lot of anger for people who have stolen from me and hurt me in the past.”
“It all made sense to me why pop-punk is coming back: it’s feel-good music. There’s something that’s happy about it. Something young and innocent and free,” he continues on the pop-punk aspect of the new record.
The band has been straddling the line of pop-punk and metal for their 26-year career, and Heaven and Hell is a clear statement that the iconic band: nobody else is putting out an album like this because nobody else is capable of it the way SUM 41 is. The upcoming record is something special that will propel SUM 41 to new heights – a feat that seems nearly impossible with all their accolades so far, but this is merely the beginning of something great.
Looking back at the band’s storied career with over 15 million records sold worldwide, multiple Billboard Charting releases, a Grammy Award nomination, 2 Juno Awards (7 nominations), a Kerrang! Award in 2002, as well as multiple Alternative Press Music Awards, SUM 41 is quite simply a rock band – uncompromising and honest with no intention of slowing down.
SUM 41 recently announced the Blame Canada Tour featuring co-headliners Simple Plan. This trek marks the first time both bands will be touring together, featuring Sum 41 performing All Killer No Filler and Simple Plan performing No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls.
For a full list of dates, please see below or visit https://www.sum41.com
Pop-punk titans Sleeping With Sirens have unleashed two new tracks “Let You Down“ featuring Charlotte Sands and “Ctrl + Alt + Del“ along with the accompanying visuals. Both songs are off of the band’s highly-anticipated forthcoming album ‘Complete Collapse’, out on October 14 (via Sumerian Records). Speaking on the tracks, vocalist Kellin Quinn shares:
“We’re really excited to share with you two songs we’re extremely proud of! One song features our dear friend and the amazingly talented Charlotte Sands the track is called “Let You Down”! The other is a track that kicks ass and will be an absolute banger of an opener for future tours! We loved it so much that we named our tour after it! Ctrl + Alt + Del.
Enjoy! Let us know what track is your fav so far!
‘Complete Collapse’ coming soon!“
Sleeping With Sirens previously released “Crosses“ featuring Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain which has already amassed nearly 1.3 million streams on Spotify and 978,000 views on YouTube. Pre-order ‘Complete Collapse’ here.
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
2. Complete Collapse
3. Crosses (feat. Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath)
4. Family Tree
5. Let You Down (feat. Charlotte Sands)
6. Be Happy (feat. Royal & The Serpent)
7. Us (feat. Dorothy)
8. Ctrl + Alt + Del
9. Bloody Knuckles
10. Mr. Nice Guy