SOAKING UP THE SWEET SOUNDS OF WILD HONEYSydney five-piece guitar rockers Wild Honey have had a big year so far, releasing their self-titled debut EP and clocking up the kilometres touring the east coast. They’ll be seeing out the year on stage at Lost Paradise festival in the Glenworth Valley. The Beast caught up with Wild Honey front man Thom Moore during the month…
If I had to describe our sound in one sentence… I’d say our songs prove that guitar bands can still give you a buzz like nothing else, fifty years after the Beatles.
My first memory of music is… my nanna guiding what were my tiny hands along the piano keys, singing the pitch of each note as we pressed the key, then mixing up the order of the notes in the scale. Melody.
Growing up my parents listened to… Abba (Mum) and Van Morrison (Dad). Abba’s song ‘SOS’ still makes me want to pick up the phone and give Mum a call and Van Morrison’s ‘Into The Mystic’ sums up my dad perfectly.
Our dream gig… would be a festival down at Bronte Beach with local legends Brightness, Wartt Gunn, Hair Die, Mesmeriser, The Preatures, Gang Of Youths, DMA’s, Sticky Fingers and us.
If you come to see us play, you can expect… your girlfriend to lose her senses momentarily when she sees Jacko play that Hammond.
There was one time when we were starting out… that we left Sydney at midnight, drove through the night to Byron, surfed for a few hours, got back in the van, drove up to the Sunshine Coast and played a gig. Cruisey…
If I could have chosen one song to have written it would have to be… ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys.
Our favourite song to perform would have to be… ‘Eye to Eye’. It was our first single and has had a few plays on Triple J over the year, so people know it. I still haven’t got tired of playing it.
The best thing about the local music scene is… that it even manages to survive. It’s a harsh reality for a band starting out gigging. Playing mates’ parties and small gigs is easy enough, but to take it to even the very next level can be a huge leap due to the shortage of venues and lack of general interest in undiscovered bands.
One person we’d still really like to record with is… Jack Moffit from The Preatures. We have produced all of our releases so far with Jack, and I can still say he’s who I’d most like to record with tomorrow and the next day.
Our biggest fan has got be… Maddy in San Remo, Victoria. She’s a sweetheart.
We’ll know we have made it when… Thom E is not delivering doughnuts, Sammy B isn’t pouring beers at the bowlo, Jackson’s not wearing steel caps, Adam is renting a room large enough to fit a double bed, and I’m not sleeping in the tour van.
Our next big gig is… Lost Paradise!
To find out more about Wild Honey, please visit www.facebook.com/reachwildhoney.