Austin, TX – Austin’s very own funk and soul powerhouse, Honey Made caught our attention with their new EP, Charge It to the Band Fund. The 7 track body of work is a display of versatility and authenticity as the band delivers a genre-diverse project brimming with rich sounds, engaging topical songwriting and an overall vibrant arrangement.
The project starts with the party jam “Get On Up” with its rousing drum grooves, rich guitar riffs and heavy percussions. The title says it all as it captures the feel-good energy of a house party and it encourages the listeners to get on up. The raps detail a fun-filled party with attendees having a jolly good time dancing their sorrows away and filling up their cups. It is also bolstered by a call-and-response hook and an overall summer fun atmosphere. This is followed by “Vibin’”, a smooth mid-tempo cut with a funky/R&B vibe peppered by live crunchy drum grooves and anthemic horns peppered by a laidback melodic performance. Here the band continues their fun-filled activities and charges listeners with a reason to get on the dancefloor and enjoy some intimate one-on-one session. On “Upstairs”, the band changed up the sound and took inspiration from the 60s soul with surf rock elements. Here, the band explores the dynamics of modern dating and how things have changed with vivid lines like “Take your coat off, leave your shoes at the door/ I had to stop her from pulling me to the floor/She said go lock that door, it’s about to go down” which shows how the table has turned. It is quite hilarious and fun as well.
“Love It” is a reflective track that centers around the joy of fatherhood. The heartfelt lyrics are underpinned by a warm and soothing soundscape composed of slick guitar plucks, warm basslines and soft drum grooves to boot. The track is a touching piece that is much needed in these modern times where men are often depicted as being neglectful towards their parental duties. “Ashy Pockets (My Mode)” is a new version of a previous track that appeared on their last LP Couple Few. The track is a mixed bag and takes elements from soul/G funk with a dash of Metal. The verses are laidback and tempered while the bridge raises the ante with its rousing electric guitar passes and edgy drum pattern changes.
The project closes out on a grand note with the retro-funky “FYC” and electro-funk-soul vibes of “DFA”. “FYC” is inspired by the famous phrase “F*** Yo Couch” uttered on Dave Chappelle’s show where the late Charlie Murphy share his Rick James stories. The rousing track is an unapologetic take on life and how they are out to take what they deserve and nothing is going to stop them. The last track “DFA” according to the band is an impromptu creation that serves as an homage to trombonist Donald McDaniel who is deemed as the hardest-working man in show business. Overall the message is relatable, heartfelt and inspiring and can be called the anthem for everyone who is working hard to bring home the bacon.
Stream Charge it to the Band Fund on all DSPs here.
Catch the band on their live dates : Honey Made Concert Tickets: 2023 Live Tour Dates | Bandsintown