The Honey Tongues Review
Consisting of eight unique voices and songwriters, The Honey Tongues bring a wide pallet of sounds, styles, instrumentations and vocals for our ears to lick upon. Once two separate bands, Red Haven and Dirty Grace, the two joined together to form one band called The Honey Tongues. They began performing as one group in the summer of 2015. As if that was not enough band members, they brought Vancouver songstress Logan Thackray and lifelong creator/performer Aubrey Burke (raised in a full-time clown family) into the mix. That was the final ingredients to the gumbo that is now The Honey Tongues. The band creates a sound they call – ‘Swamp Opera,’ which combines Americana roots grit and indie swing with soulful harmonies and beat-boxing. Crafting delicate folk arrangements and stomping dance numbers, the band embraces a wide palette – from accordion to saxophone to mandolin to mouth percussion – to express the ancient soul of the modern era. Whether it’s songs about shadows, earth magic, grimy handshakes or lovers old and new, this band of many faces will show you them all.
Their debut album was released in 2017, Live At Monarch Studios. Now, The Honey Tongues are releasing their second album titled, The Honey Tongues. With eight original tracks for our ears to feast upon, and a wide range of styles with excellent harmonies, there is something for everyone on this plater. Recorded on the traditional, unseeded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Watuth, Squamish, Sto:Lo, Saanich, Quw’ut’sun and Chemanius First Peoples. Each member pens a track and every adds their own vocal sounds and various instruments. The depth of creativity is immensely thought provoking and extremely musical.
The Honey Tongues
Waking the Dead
When I Fall in Love
All Gonna Be Done
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Aubrey Burke - vocals, violin
(composer "All Gonna Be Done")
Jesse Thom - vocals, drums
(composer "Waking the Dead")
Betty Supple - vocals, mandolin, keyboards, beatboxing
(composer "Come Water")
Marley Daemon Iredale - vocals, keys, accordion, beatboxing
(composer "When I Fall In Love")
Brendan Steele - vocals, electric guitar
(composer "Crawling Downtown")
Jen Charters - vocals, saxophone
(composer "Healthy God")
Nathan Turner - vocals, double / electric bass
(composer "People's Medicine")
Logan Thackray - vocals, tenor banjo, beatboxing
The vocal counterpoint, harmonies and leads are as creative as the music is, which is outstanding.