The sweetest music you’ll hear this week, welcome to the sound of Toronto’s best new band!
Welcome to 52 Songs Of Happiness, a collection of unique music from around the world brought to you by Coca-Cola. Each week we’ll be introducing some of the world’s best new artists, featuring dance, rock, hip-hop and everything in between. Each of these amazing new acts has crafted a one-off song for Coca-Cola based around a treasured location, as well as a Placelist with the music that makes that place so special. We can’t wait to share it all with you in the coming weeks and months!
The next band to feature is The Honeyrunners, a four-piece band from Toronto, who mix the best of rock and soul into a sound that’s made them one of the city’s most popular local acts. Their fantastic new track ‘My Garage (Bang Bang Bang)’ is a welcome addition to our 52 Songs Of Happiness.
We talked to the band about their music and Placelists.
Hey Honeyrunners, good to meet you! How would you describe your music?
We have a knack for musical alchemy, melding soul-wrenching Motown rock with the shine of 90s alt-radio and the storytelling folk of the 50s and 60s. Massive drums, funky bass lines, rhythm keys, heavy electric guitar, soulful lead vocals, gang harmonies, and a collective 80-odd years of obsession with music's colourful history – it’s the age-old rock band formula put into the hands of four young guys who simply love music more than anything else. We’re a brotherhood brought together by creative ambition, guiding modern pop back to the land of the edgy, the soulful, the intellectual - and having a damn good time doing so.
We hear you had a busy summer with plenty of shows around Canada?
Indeed! We had over 80 Canadian shows and festival dates during 2013 – we played NxNE 2013 and the COCA National Conference, and headline spots at some of Toronto’s top music venues, including The Horseshoe, Wrongbar, and Evergreen Brick Works. To top it off, there’s a three-week tour of East Coast Canada.
Exciting times! So what location have you chosen for your Placelist?
We chose the band’s garage in the Studio District of our hometown, Toronto, as our Placelist location. It’s where we gather every week to create, rehearse, and record music. Garages have always been a historical workplace for young bands aspiring to grow into rock stars. Whether it’s a place to party with friends, rehearse with your band, or hide from the world – the garage is an inspiring workshop for budding musicians and their young entourages.
Why does this garage inspire you to make music?
Simply put, all great rock musicians started in the garage or in the basement. Garages are muses – they bring out our best idea, because they provide a space free from criticism, a place where our ideas can grow into their finest form. Everyone needs a place to fail, so that they can then go out and succeed.
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