Honeychurch

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Honeychurch is a band from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Music journals such as The Big Takeover and No Depression have described Honeychurch's music as a mix of indie rock, alt country, and slow core, with strong influences from 1960s and 1970s psychedelic and folk rock[1][2][3] .[4] Honeychurch has released three critically acclaimed albums: Calling Me Home (2001), Makes Me Feel Better (2004), and Will You Be There With Me (2012).

Background[edit]

The band was originally the solo project of Virginia-born Shilough Hopwood (singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter). Shilough wrote many of the tracks on the band's 2004 release, Makes Me Feel Better.[5] Larissa Hopwood joined in 1999. She plays bass and sings both lead and harmony vocals. Lead guitarist Tim Kratz joined Honeychurch in 2001, and with his presence, the live band took shape. Kratz's playing combines slide guitar and B-Bender techniques and is often mistaken for pedal steel. Drummer Greg Millward joined Honeychurch in 2004, replacing Stefan Baker. A native of Doncaster, England (in Yorkshire), Millward started playing drums in the brass bands which are traditional in Northern England, and also played in Thumper and other groups in England before joining Honeychurch in 2004. Since 2008, Alex Yaker (frontman for the band Roomtone) has played piano with Honeychurch both at live shows and in the studio, and Ivan Funk joined the band on pedal steel in 2012.

Other Honeychurch contributors and collaborators include engineer and pianist Patrick Robinson, violinist Jay Ansill, harmonica player Vinny Asaro, pedal steel guitarist Jim Cohen, and designer Davy Winkles. Both Honeychurch albums were released with the help of independent record store Siren Records in Doylestown, PA. The band was named one of Philadelphia Weekly's Top 5 of the Moment in March 2001[6] and they've continued to garner significant attention in the Philadelphia area.[7]

Discography[edit]

  • Calling Me Home (2001)
  • Makes Me Feel Better (2004)
  • Early Times (2008)
  • Will You Be There With Me (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover issue #53, Jack's Top 40, May 2004
  2. ^ Sam Adams, Philadelphia Citypaper, March 2001
  3. ^ No Depression issue #54, November 2004
  4. ^ Joey Sweeney, The Philadelphia Weekly, October 10, 2001
  5. ^ Chuck Zak (2004-06-07). "Honeychurch, Makes Me Feel Better". Delusions of Adequacy. Retrieved 2008-06-03. [dead link]
  6. ^ Joey Sweeney (2001-03-21). "Top 5 of the Moment". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved 2008-06-03. [dead link]
  7. ^ Gloria A. Hoffner (2004-08-01). "A Country-Rock Quartet that's Almost Famous". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 

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