I’ve been wanting to feature Honeyglass since I first heard them back in October. CJ’s voice is compelling in a way that’s reminiscent of Amy Lee from Evanescence and the band not only accompanies her but complements and enhances.
From the band: “Honeyglass is a new name for a seasoned Chicago band. Originally known as Rust, founding members CJ, Brian and Brian played clubs around Chicago including Joe’s on Weed Street and The Elbo Room, opening for Blue October. After showcasing at Mobfest and garnering some attention from Richard Milne on WXRT’s local anesthetic, Rust was poised for some indie label attention. The band’s momentum came to a dead stop when original guitarist Josh Carey left the band. After months of auditioning guitarists, a close friend introduced Daniel to the band. He was a perfect fit and Rust geared up with a renewed enthusiasm. However, the excitement was short lived when drummer Brian was informed that he would be transferred out of state for eighteen months. Determined not to lose a member who was as much a brother as he was the band’s drummer, they awaited his return. The time apart was a productive break and the band is back with all new material and a new name, Honeyglass. “Through The Honeyglass”, the band’s first full length CD, is packed with an eclectic blend of songs. From the infectious guitars and pop hooks of Sugar Rush, to the delicate acoustic driven Have A Good Night, Honeyglass has crafted an album that takes you across genres. The album begins with Riddles, which showcases the band’s hard rock influence, while Walking On Water is reminiscent of early U2. CJ’s sultry vocals are as powerful as they are pretty and her melodies keep singing long after the music stops. Dan and Brian also inject engaging melodies throughout the album from the smooth bass line of Behind The Wheel to the captivating guitars on Where Did The Light Go and Cold Rain. Tying everything together is savy percussion that is always a perfect compliment to the song. The band writes with a purpose as CJ’s lyrics are as insightful as they are passionate.”
Their next Chicagoland show is at Northbeach on August 1.
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