3rd introducing Jackson Honeycutt, and I tell you, we've not been so excited about a release like this since Dr Duloc hit our stereos at the start of the year. Another artist from Raleigh, NC, scene, who much like his contemporary Max Gowan, has the chance to really put the state on the music map. Indie fans, we introduce Jackson Honeycutt, take it away...
What I dig and how I digged it
"I didn't really get into writing and playing more seriously until I listened to Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and wanted to learn to play every song. While I was listening to Elephant 6 bands and those things I started writing my first album and then it sort of just became a thing that I did. While making this album though I really got into a lot of NC bands like Astro Cowboy, Elvis Depressedly, Sunshine Faces, and Sylvan Esso and also non NC artists like Mac DeMarco, The Barbaras, and Teen Suicide".
The new record
"Dog Ears And Twilight Hours was honestly the strangest process for me in terms of any of the albums that I've released so far. This was definitely the first one that the quality really felt like it mattered. Because I was finally getting to start to play shows I was really able to work out the kinks of things and pick and choose a lot more carefully what went on the album and what didn't. My favourite part is still probably my friend Liam's Sax intro for Sno Dayz, it just gives a really interesting sound and feel to the song, it makes it feel kinda haunting, like a really good song to listen to while driving down a dark road".
*For full appreciation listen to the following with bass heavy headphones*
I am busy
"I am busy working on creating a recording collective called The Boolean Collective. I am also working on a project with my friend Luke Caron, who's first EP I Don't Know Maybe came out right before my album, and I produced and played on it and even had my own song on it too, which was cool. I've also been working on a release for a band of mine called Paper Teller and still playing places with Honest John and maybe doing another release with my friend for a band called Itironophobia. I'm also hoping to play more shows this year, and I might have a small an EP emerge before too long if time allows".
"I was playing a show at a public lake that a group of people from my school had organized. It was a pretty small crowd of people for the show itself, but there had been a lot of people who kinda came up and were checking us out. There was also this guy who was pretty drunk who kept coming to the stage. As we were about to play Sweetheart I've Noticed, he said something to me that I couldn't really hear and just nodded. After we started the song I looked back and saw him singing behind me. He started singing "Ahhhhh" off key but it actually wasn't that bad! We finished the first chorus, and I asked him if he wanted to take the mic, which he did, and the result was just perfect. He incoherently freestyle'd, his friends were laughing and recording it, people in the audience were recording it, and my band just had no idea what was going on. Eventually I got the mic back and we finished up the song and everyone cheered for the guy...there's a video of it somewhere"!
Before I realised the Hate: The opening track is an incredibly cool, bass driven melody not a million miles away from the likes of a better version of MGMT's everything they've ever released! It's the calmness in his voice, together with that addictive driving force. The twang guitar ain't bad either.
Sweetheart I've Noticed: The first love song. Together with milk bottle xylophone and rhythm guitar, this is a powerful tune with a theme; regret. The strings and doo wop bass only make the words sounds more poignant; there goes our first chance at lasting impressions, I guess I'll just forget your face. But sweetheart I'll miss you, can't believe that I once wished you away.
$UH-OH$: The best song of the LP. It's so haunting and yet warming. Describe as 'happy depressing'. The bass is chilling magic, and the plink plonk piano which accompanies before the psyche-d out synth adds to the fun is the perfect accompaniment. Then wait, "Uh Oh" says the drop beat chorus, it brings you right back to the essence of the song. You've never meant the world to me...you've always meant the world to me. Honeycutt, stop it!
Sno Dayz: The saxophone intro is Honeycutt's favourite part of the entire record., but it's where the suspense takes us, which we like. As soon as the verse kicks in it's like listening to what we wish The Strokes now sounded like. A defined vocal, and furthermore a composition which proves Honeycutt's song writing talent.