Regarding the release of HONEY TONGUE's EP, "I Wanna Go" at EMP's Liquid Lounge and The Showbox. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, by Gene Stout:
Seattle's Honey Tongue has plenty to celebrate. Not only does the power-pop band have a new EP/CD, "I Wanna Go," but the infectious title track is gaining momentum as a potential hit single. The song has been licensed for use in "HappyHappy,"
the Helly Hansen
extreme sports DVD, The Secret Spot
water sports film, and the GoGirlsMusicFest 2004 compilation album. The song also has been played on KEXP-FM.
"We knew there was something special about the song from the minute we wrote it," singer and pianist Jen Ayers said this week. "That was confirmed when we started to see people's reactions to the song when we played it live. There were folks singing along on the first listen, hopping out of chairs, jumping up and down and asking about it after shows."
The song features a very catchy melody, but it's Ayers' full-throated, Annie Lennox-style delivery that pushes it into the stratosphere. Overall, the band's punchy sound recalls the punk pop of the Blondie eraThe six-song CD also includes live versions of "Senator" (a politically themed song) and "Take Me Anywhere," as well as a cover of the Cure's "Love Song." The EP was produced by Jason Brennan, an engineer on Alanis Morissette's album "Under Rug Swept."
HONEY TONGUE ON THE ROAD:
While the spirit of the Pacific Northwest's alt-rock revolution lies underneath Honey Tongue's skin,
it draws on power-pop for its charming sound. Driven by singer Jen Ayers' velvety delivery, Honey Tongue boasts the up-front
vocal melodies of pure pop, as Ayers has a throat that could go one-on-one with any rock diva's.
That's not all the band boasts, however, as Ayers' songwriting skirts the shallow themes that usually come with pop,
and settle upon introspective and intelligent lyrics. And she isn't the only talent in Honey Tongue's lineup, either,
as virtually every member of the quartet has an equal helping of it, writes Matt Schild in his preview of Honey Tongues
recent show at Chicagos Double Door for AOLs CityGuide.
PRAISE for HONEY TONGUEs CD TAKE ME ANYWHERE:
I've pined for years for the days when I'd find a band led by a woman, with literate lyrics, hard-charging punk guitars,
and riffs to bring me back to Blondie or the Pretenders of a quarter century ago.
Honey Tongue has made it worth the wait...