London-based duo HONNE have unveiled new track ‘3AM’ (via Tatemae Recordings / Atlantic Records), taken from their forthcoming, seven-track extended ‘Gone Are The Days (Shimokita Import)’ EP: originally slated for a Japanese-only release, and comprising alternative edits, remixes and previously unheard material. They recently performed the track for Radio 1’s Piano Sessions, alongside a beautiful cover of Jamie XX’s ‘Loud Places’.
Having sold out a launch show at Oval Space (over 1000 tickets) and surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify, HONNE have also confirmed details of their biggest headline gig to date, with Electric Brixton on sale for March 3. The band then play headline shows across New York, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and West Hollywood, before performing at this year’s SXSW Festival.
Having met on the first day of University, singer Andy and producer James have built an almost hermetically-sealed musical world of HONNE ever since. The pair bonded over their shared upbringing in South-West England, and then the more evocative, US West Coast grooves of their record collection. A mutual fascination with Japan bled into their escapist songwriting and imagery, which is in part collected in the forthcoming ‘Gone Are The Days (Shimokita Import)’ EP. Lyrically the songs here cover homesickness, late-night romance, long distance and the limitations of modern city life (versus the transatlantic sounds and cultures you aspire to). Naming the project after the Japanese word for ‘true feelings’, HONNE are already making waves worldwide – see sold out shows spanning Paris, the UK, Berlin and the US – as one of British music’s leading (night) lights.