Brooklyn was heating up on a mildly cool night two weeks back, as Britain’s grooviest duo took the stage at Greenpoint’s Warsaw concert hall. HONNE, made up of the widely talented Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher, truly got New York’s party started as part of their North American tour. HONNE creates soulful baby-making beats, fused with electronic elements that make for a new generation of sensual sounds. Andy & James started making music together back in 2014, under their name HONNE, which translates to “real intention” in Japanese, and realness was what they were bringing. When they opened the night with “Treat You Right”, the energy was already high and it only got better as the show went on.
Scrimshaw featured HONNE in a piece at the tail end of 2015 forecasting the duo as one of the top 10 Artists to Watch in 2016 - and we’re still firmly standing by this. With a number of EPs out at that time, we are excited to share that HONNE released their first studio album Warm On A Cold Night this past July, and have been touring to promote that beast. The album features some of their biggest tracks such as “Someone That Loves You” featuring Izzy Bizu, “Warm On A Cold Night,” and “Good Together” (all of which they played at the show). They wrapped up their North American leg last night on the west coast, and are heading back to Europe and Japan over the remaining fall to complete the tour.
The crowd at the Warsaw was hundreds of people, but still felt rather intimate. Fans were fairly close to each other, all inching their way towards the front, but nothing that put people off. I don’t recall seeing a single interaction that wasn’t a smile being exchanged or lyrics being sung along in reply. The true beauty of HONNE’s style is that, they’re combining an electronic style of keys, drums and other instruments with emotional lyrics, which in turn produces a deeply sexy sound; a sound that everyone in the venue was getting down with. At one point during the show, frontman vocalist Andy looks out into the audience and exclaims: “I can tell you, we are never ever going to forget this. I’m speechless.” As at that moment, as they burst into their next song, you could really tell that this creative duo was just as excited to be there as the lucky New Yorkers that were in the room that night.
If you haven’t already started listening to your new favorite band, we’d highly recommend getting on board. Check our their Soundcloud linked at the top, plus two music videos of their’s that we absolutely love! Enjoy the music and turn up that volume, as HONNE is here to stay - and is just warming up your cold nights ahead.