Interview: Mike Pizzey (House Of Honeys)

House Of Honeys are a Melbourne rock band gearing up for the release of their EP Pretty and The Radical. The first single, The Waiting, is getting some airplay across the country at the moment so keep your ears out for hard-rockers House Of Honeys

Welcome to Beauty and Lace Mike, thanks for talking with us.
Can you tell us about how you met and formed the band?

Well, Spazzy (the drummer) and I actually met playing in another group in London a few years ago but the band really started with Beau (the bassist) and myself a few years ago. A mutual friend told him to look me up. He thought we were on the same page about music and not dissimilar in character. Sure enough he was right.
Not long after that Spazzy finally arrived back (after some very amusing visa issues) and he jumped on board to set up what was, back then, a hearty three piece. We were under a different name but the style we played was very energetic and I knew if we wanted to do the songs justice we needed a fourth member. I was busy singing, soloing and trying to hold rhythm like one of those buskers with a drum kit strapped to his back so we knew expansion was inevitable. We actually auditioned a few players but Adam Ryder (lead guitar) filled the gaps perfectly. Didn’t hurt that he liked a drink as much as us so here we are.

Where did the band name come from?

Back in the day we were actually called ‘The Black Jeans’ but we wrote a song called ‘The House Of Honeys’ and our producer at the time said that suited us better. On top of that, we also found out there was a band in the 1950’s from Mexico with the same name, well… sort of? So to make life easy we changed the name as to not get confused with the ‘Pantalones Vaqueros Negros’

Please share a little with us about the songwriting process and inspirations?

First half of that question is easy.

You take one tired human being; add a carton of beer, an instrument (one they can play preferably), a pack of cigarettes, a room to be loud in and a string of failed relationships. The inspiration part is more involved, that all comes down to personal situations and how the mood is traveling on any given night. Musically, I tend to enjoy bands on a song for song basis. Individual pieces of work may sway me from time to time but most of the time…. It’s simply joining the dots from note to note.

How would you describe your music?

Hmm… you ever been to bikie club? Imagine the music playing in the background when you’re ducking from a flying pool queue? That’s as close as I can figure?

Can you tell us about the upcoming EP Pretty and The Radical?

The EP is set to be released on the 1st of Feb and was overseen wonderfully by the masterful Steven James (of Thin Lizzy, Sex Pistols, Screaming Jets fame). Can’t wait for you all to hear what else we have up our sleeves.

You also have an album in the works, what can you tell us about it?

Well, Steve has decided to put up with our racket for a whole album this time so we’re very excited to be making his ears bleed over the next few months. We’re starting at the famous Sing Sing studios in Melbourne then we’re moving on, recording in other studios up the east coast. The album should be wrapped up by the end of April, that’s if Steven doesn’t kill us first. You won’t have to keep an ear out… it’s going to be loud so ya’ll hear it wherever you are!

Will you be touring for promotion of the releases?

We can’t wait to get back on the road! As soon as we get through this album we’ll be hunting for every gig under the sun, so hopefully you’ll get to see us doing our thang on a stage near you very soon

When can we hope to catch you live in other states across Australia?

I think the east coast will be our first port of call however the singles are hitting the west coast now so hopefully we’ll get to play from coast to coast. Asia and Europe are also just a stones’ throw away so our sights are on playing anywhere with a cold beer.

What’s next for House Of Honeys?
After the album….? I guess the lads and I are just looking forward to dirty stages, dodgy promoters and a crowd full of smiling faces until we begin the next album and do it all over again.

Where are we going to be able to get our hands on a copy of the EP?

For the best quality I suggest you hear it live but if you’re technologically sufficient I’m sure our friends at iTunes will be able to help you out from the 1st of Feb.

Thanks so much Mike, it has been an absolute pleasure and I will certainly be keeping an ear out for a show near me. Good luck with the EP release and forthcoming album.

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