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Los Angeles, California / Cincinnati, Ohio
Honneycombs is playing on highly influential radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, KXT in Dallas, and WNKU in Cincinnati and featured in the pilot of the new hit TV show “Men Of A Certain Age”, starring Ray Romano and this season's fifth episode of HBO's vampire hit "True Blood".
Siblings April Combs and James Combs (formerly of the band Arson Garden) are the creative songwriters behind the striking new band Honneycombs (two n’s). Collaborating with Laurie Burnham (formerly of Second Sister), they pours elaborate and imaginative harmonies into each song, creating a landscape that has been described as "Mountain Meets the Third Eye".
The band establishes its style on “Rite Of Spring”, the first track of their self-titled debut album. The song starts as a country stomp, then suddenly careens into dreamy Beach-Boys-world, makes a stop in New Orleans, and ends in a Syd-Barrett-era Pink Floyd psychedelic harmony dream, complete with backwards guitar. The band goes on to explore a range of rock and folk terrain - from the reverb-drenched lonely folk meditations of “Fleeting” and “Little Moon”, to the cracked bluesy Dylan-ish “The Truth And Mrs. Anthony”, to the Who-inspired “When The Going Gets Sad”, to the 30’s-flavored romp “Live A Little”.
In the fall of 2009, Honneycombs signed to Elgin Park Recordings, the boutique label of producer/composer Michael Andrews. Mike is best known for his production work with Inara George, Metric, and Gary Jules, as well as his singular soundtracks for great indie films like “Me and You and Everyone We Know” and “Donnie Darko” (he’s the man behind that ubiquitous cover of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World.”)
James and April’s ex-band Arson Garden was considered one of the best and brightest midwestern alt-art-rock bands of the 90’s - championed by British DJ John Peel (who invited them to do a Peel Session for his BBC1 radio show). The band went on to play the Lollapalooza festival, had their videos aired on MTV’s 120 Minutes, and were called by the Chicago Reader “perhaps the only art-rock band in America that matters.” James’ solo material has been featured in high profile TV shows such as True Blood, Six Feet Under, Entourage, Men in Trees, Gossip Girl and many others.