Dirty Honey is a straight-up rock n’ roll band, and the Los Angeles quartet wanted its first music video — for the single “When I’m Gone,” premiering exclusively below — to reflect that.
Hence we have a fast-paced, black-and-white amalgam of performance and behind-the-scenes footage and photographs to accompany the riffy, big beat track with an instantly catchy, anthemic chorus. “I think that was pretty much all I wanted to get out of it — obviously something that’s well-done and showcases everybody,” says Marc LaBelle. “It’s raw and feels authentic to us. It doesn’t have to be a crazy story line.” Guitarist John Notto, meanwhile, “wanted to show some free spirit, too, and be something that felt a little bit fun and wild to watch, kind of like how we are.”
“When I’m Gone” hails from Dirty Honey’s debut EP, a five-song set that was recorded with producer Nick DiDia (Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam) in Australia. The group formed two years ago, when Notto jammed with a covers band LaBelle was playing in at the time. Moving forward they added bassist Justin Smolian and drummer Corey Coverstone and started working the Los Angeles club scene and began working up material.
“We’ve been able to identify what really speaks most honestly to us, which is what you hear (on the EP),” Notto notes. “What we do is from the vinyl prime time era — the ’70s and maybe a touch of early ’80s, and ’90s, with some modern stuff as well. We try to be like the imaginary baby of all the big bands you can think of — AC/DC, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, the Black Crowes….”
Dirty Honey has found a ready audience for its sound from bands such as Guns N’ Roses, the Who and Slash & the Conspirators, who have all tapped the group to open shows. Dirty Honey has a loaded festival docket as well, including Sonic Temple, Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, Louder Than Life, Heavy MTL, Epicenter, the Impact Festival and Exit 111, and the group hopes to have more music coming as soon as is possible — though a vinyl release of the EP will include a bonus track.
“There’s a lot of unfinished material we’ve been working pretty hard on the last couple of months,” LaBelle says. “We have a lot of time in the van together, so there’s always voice memos of ideas and riffs and melodies flying around.” Notto adds that, “I feel pretty excited about it. We’ve got some good steam going in the writing room, I think, following in the footsteps of what we’ve been doing. We don’t know when yet, but we’re excited about it.”
June 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Resident
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Bardot – School Night
July 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (supporting Slash)
July 17 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre (supporting Slash)
July 27 – Bangor, ME – Impact Music Festival
July 28 – Montreal, Canada- Heavy Montreal
July 29 – Toronto, Canada – Rebel (supporting Slash)
July 31 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre (supporting Slash)
August 1 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino North Field Park (supporting Slash)
August 3 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – FM- Kirby Chandelier Lobby – WBSX Series
August 4 –Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
August 6 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium (supporting Slash)
August 9 – Springfield, MO – KQRA Radio Show
September 28- Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
October 13 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival