Oh Honey Charm with Earnest Folk Pop, '90s Covers at New York City Performance
Oh Honey's Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins knew they'd get along when they discovered each knew all the words to R. Kelly's "Pregnant." The Brooklyn folk-pop duo broke into a spontaneous a cappella rendition of the song following a round of “‘90s goodness,” including a mashup of TLC’s “No Scrubs” and City High’s “What Would You Do.” After singing a few verses together, they promised to stop and settled into the very different strains of their breakout single, "Be Okay," at Manhattan's Mondrian Soho on Thursday night.
Part of the Samsung Shape Summer Mix series, their short but sweet set followed a Q&A with Billboard's own Andrew Hampp. While answering questions, they queued up songs on a Smasung Shape that played overhead, including some Bruce Springsteen and Sarah Jaffe. As for the answers themselves, Oh Honey revealed some road warrior secrets -- Bouchard learned how to change clothes in the back of the van, and Collins found out he could get by on an hour of sleep a night -- and that tourmates the Fray are quite the pranksters: at their Boston show, the Colorado rockers projected Collins’ digits above the stage (“I got about 8,000 texts that night,” says Collins. “My phone stopped working”) and filled Bouchard’s water bottle with gin.
In a back room off the hotel’s lobby bar, sealed by a bookshelf that also functioned as a door, Oh Honey also performed “I Love You Will Still Sound the Same,” another song off their debut EP With Love, released Mar. 25 on Atlantic. Stripped of its organ and boot-stompin’ bass, the song sounded even more refreshing. Bouchard’s fresh-scrubbed, childlike voice and Collins’ strumming was reminiscent of Icelandic folk outfit Of Monsters and Men. Once everyone had a few more complimentary sangrias in them, they joined the artists vocally for the chorus’ anthemic ayeah-eah-eah.