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The Honeymans

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The Honeymans are an ambitious, hardworking band whose eclectic, manic mix of Celtic rock and Chili Pepper funk defies description…

THE MUSIC

The lyrics project wry, colorful images that are good natured and sincere; the golden poetic scope of Gordon Lightfoot filtered through the streetwise tongue-in-cheek viewpoint of Tom Waits. Rhythmically, at one moment projecting the joyous Hibernian traditions of good-time jigs, at other moments coloring the backbeat and rhythms with the proud, mournful Eastern European minor-scale melodies of the Gypsies. All founded upon the concussive whack of John Bonham one minute and the tasty flash of Buddy Rich the next.

THE HISTORY

Originally (1996) it was Mike and Kevin playing local coffee houses and smaller shows in Kimberley. Ben Dunn saw them at a show in 1997 and knew instantly that he was going to play with them even though he hadn't even met them yet. They then started playing smaller bars. The first one was a place called "The Hosmer Inn" in Hosmer, BC, producing Hosmer's first traffic jam (population 42). Neil played a set with them at this show, as well as recorded two songs on the first CD in the summer of 1998, then joined the band full time in November 1998. Since then, the band has been a full time touring act and has performed over 300 shows in 7 countries.

THE BOYS

Mike Honeyman picked up the electric bass during junior high. Inspiration from such diverse groups as Nomeansno and Metallica moved him into serious musical exploration from the age of 18. As one-half of the Honeymans' rhythm section, Mike's rolling bass lines switch moods - from following Kevin's bright guitar rhythms to looping, individual melodic counter lines.

Kevin Honeyman, draws as much influence from the emotional post-hardcore frenzy of Fugazi, as from the up tempo skanking groove of the Specials. Armed with his homemade half-brown, half-orange amplifier, Kevin is as at home with choppy ska rhythms as he is with crushing power chords.

Ben Dunn's first encounter with percussion began at age four with a kitchen-floor experiment involving pots, pans, and chopsticks. After a smoke-damaged Baxter drum kit was presented to the Dunn household as a Christmas gift, young Ben was suitably motivated to bigger and better instrumentation. Seminally influenced by the orchestrative percussion of Primus' Tim "Herb" Alexander.

Neil MacDonald is the last pillar of support underneath the Honeymans' sonic platform. He began playing violin at age twelve, influenced by a cousin of his father's who was a fiddler and a luthier. The self taught fiddler brought a new dimension to the band with his folk and Celtic influences.

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Upcoming Tours & Events

D.O.A.

Wednesday June 1st

Fire Creek

Flagstaff, AZ

Thursday June 2nd

Summit Music Hall

Denver, CO

w/ The Buzzcocks

Thursday June 3rd

Filling Station

Bozeman, Montana

Saturday June 4th

Emerald of Siam

Richland, WA

Thursday June 23rd

Lee's Palace

Toronto, ON

w/ Flag

Friday June 24th

Amnesia Rock Festival

Montebello, QC

Saturday June 25th

The Red Dog

Peterborough, ON

Sunday June 26th

Maxwell's

Waterloo, ON

Friday July 8th

Breaking Borders Festival

Bremen Germany

Saturday July 9th

Jarocin Festival

Jarocin, Poland

Monday July 11th

Den Bristol Squat

Gent, Belgium

Tuesday July 12th

Gibus

Paris, France

w/ MDC

Wednesday July 13th

Vive Le Punk Festival

Callac, France

Thursday July 14th

Kreativ Fabrik

Weisbaden, Germany

Friday July 15th

Back To The Future Festival

Glaubitz, Germany

w/TSOL

Saturday July 16th

Chelsea

Vienna, Austria

Sunday July 17th

Club Buben

Prague, Czech Republic

Tuesday July 19th

Underwerket

Copenhagen, Denmark

Wednesday July 20th

Hafenklang

Hamburg, Germany

Thursday July 21st

Wild At Heart

Berlin, Germany

Friday July 22nd

The Tube

Dusseldorf, Germany

Saturday July 23rd

New Cross Inn

London, UK

Sunday 24th

The Fleece

Bristol, UK

Monday July 25th

Hairy Dog

Derby, UK

Tuesday July 26th

Music City

Antwerp, Belgium

Wednesday July 27th

Immerhin, Würzburg

Germany

Thursday July 28th

Podparou Festival

Vyskov, Czech Republic

Friday July 29th

Kanal Rock Festival

Horten, Norway

Friday August 19th

The Legion

Prince George, BC

Saturday August 20th

Festival

Fort St. James, BC

Sunday, August 21st

Pemberton Hotel

Pemberton, BC

 

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Thursday January 14th

Montreal, QC

Bar L'Escogriffe

w/ The Fandemics, Neck, Quarter Tank

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Friday January 15th

Ottawa, ON

House of Targ

w/ The Fandemics, Neck, Quarter Tank

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Saturday January 16th

Toronto, ON

Bovine Sex Club

w/ The Fandemics, Neck, Quarter Tank

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Friday January 29th

Vankleek Hill, ON

Windsor Tavern

w/ Kman and The 45s and Lost Love

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Friday February 19th

Guelph, ON

Jimmy Jazz

w/ Snacks?, The Graffiti Crimes

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Saturday February 20th

Toronto, ON

Handlebar

w/ The Nasties, Snacks?, The Graffiti Crimes

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