Stereo Honey reveal their new single ‘What Makes A Man’ on LAB Records.
“Filled with jangly, echoing guitar riffs and rolling, pounding drum beats, it’s a track that builds in intensity and frankly explodes in its hook, a soaring hands-aloft moment…” DIY Magazine
“Haunting indie-rock that recalls bits of Radiohead, The Boxer Rebellion, and a slightly more upbeat Raised By Swans.” The Independent
“Sizzling cinematic sensations with the kind of infectious rhythms that you just have to sway along to.” Wonderland
“The London band are only a few songs into their catalogue, but the sheer depth of their songwriting is already creating waves.” CLASH
Lead vocalist, Pete Restrick spoke about the song “….What Makes A Man is loosely based around the Emma Payne poem ‘The Boxer’ in that it concerns a figure that starts to unravel. In the song the figure, like the boxer, is broken, clinging to some vestige of manhood even as it reveals itself to be fantasy. And yet, this figure clings to this fantasy with desperation, because it’s the only thing that is known to it. Masculinity is regressive, it teaches young boys not to show vulnerability, not to talk about their feelings, never to show weakness, not to be afraid…”
It was a rapid rise onto the scene for London quartet Stereo Honey in 2017, and they aren’t slowing down in 2018. The band started this year as the BBC introducing ‘Featured Artist’, performed to a packed house at the prestigious Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, were asked to support The Amazons at their ‘War Child / Brit Awards Show’ in February and got themselves nominated as ‘Best New Live Act’ at the 2018 UMA awards that proceed UK’s premiere break through artist festival, The Great Escape where they were announced as part of the ‘First Fifty’ acts to perform at the festival.
Having introduced themselves at the start of 2017 year with a stunning debut track ‘Where No One Knows Your Name’ and quickly followed up by break-through track ‘The Heart’, the band made it clear that they were here to lead the resurgence of soulful Indie guitar music, driven by the solid beats of Jake Black, accentuated by the intricate guitar soundscapes of Nicky Boiardi, guided by the grooves of bassist Ben Edwards and always framed by the stunning vocal delivery of singer Pete Restrick.
Their debut Monuments EP was a recurring feature on many an end of year favourite list, and the lead single ‘The Bay’ was number 1 hype track on Hype Machine, and a staple in all the top Spotify guitar playlists including The Indie List, Hot New Bands, The Other List, Your Office Stereo and while the band graced the Top Of The Rock as the cover stars, the track was placed firmly at the head of the playlist.
Stereo Honey spent 2017 playing shows in the farthest corners of the country with the directive of making sure their name was consistently on the lips of all of who happened to be in the audience, people who left unquestionably proclaiming them as a contender to be one of the acts that starts the rise to the top in 2018.
The band finished their 2017 with the crescendo of releasing their debut EP Monument as well as being named by The Independent & Radio X in their ‘Ones To Watch’ 2018.
Stereo Honey play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Fri 5th October 2018. Tickets available here.
Watch ‘What Makes A Man’ at this year’s The Great Escape Festival: