New Music Of The Day: Honduras – ‘Hollywood’ (NME Premiere)

Back in May 2015, when we first covered Honduras on account of their track ‘Paralyzed’, I had no idea they were part of the same NYC scene as current indie darlings Sunflower Bean.

Turns out the two bands are best friends, and touring together (in the States, alas) this February and March. That’s kind of where the similarities end though, musically at least. ‘Hollywood’, premiered below, comes on like an exorcism of inner feelings, and it feels brilliantly cold and taught throughout.

Tyson Moore and Pat Phillips’ weaving guitar lines evoke all those 90s anti-heroes like James Iha, Nada Surf, even At The Drive-In if you take their lighter moments into account (‘Invalid Letter Dept.’). It sounds frosty, like it’s got a point to make, not least when Phillips almost loses it and starts spitting about people who “don’t want you at all” caustically as the band rumble on behind him. There’s a touch of Graham Coxon about it – which might be why Blur had them supporting a show last year.

Here’s the track:

Honduras release The Gathering Rust EP on March 4, with the tracklisting as follows:

1. Hollywood
2. That Old Feeling
3. Dead Weight
4. Off White

They are also on tour in the US soon:
2/25 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom +
2/26 Hanover, NH @ Bones Gate Fraternity +
2/27 Boston, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs +
2/28 Montreal, QC @ TBA
3/01 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha +
3/02 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café +
3/03 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern +
3/04 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes +
3/05 Harrisburg, PA @ The MakeSpace
3/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie +
3/15 – 3/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/23 – 3/27 – Boise, Id @ Treefort Music Festival

+ w/ Sunflower Bean