Words by Hosna
There’s something poignant about discovering young talent, watching them rock out during the night before they hurry off to school the next day. Honey Bucket, a Westside collective band currently lead these almost (Hannah Monatna) double lives, on their way to becoming successful young musos.
They began with the usual playing at house parties and local fezzys, with proud parents lining the front, posting photos to social media. Thanks to their rents, it’s how I discovered Honey Bucket. Through mutual friends I got to know the boys really well and found out they’re pretty sweet guys. Kyle (lead vocals/rhythm), Angus (bass) James (drummer) and Reuben (lead guitar/synth) have been together for 3 years. Playing what they describe as ‘psych pop rock’ has landed them some sweet gigs, recently winning Battle of the Bands and landing a slot at Melbourne’s well-known Moomba Festival.
When not at school, they dedicate their time to this art. Most days Angus will manufacture the chord progression and bass riffs which Kyle will seamlessly accompany with prose of teen hardships. Although their lyrics centre around the organic and messy breakdown of teenage relationships and adolescent angst, their pop rock sound reminds the audience of the upbeat attitude necessary during tough times. This unique sound stems from their difference in musical inspirations; Angus explains ‘we all have different personal musical idols so it all blends, which makes it interesting,’ which I can certainly agree upon.
Their first EP, 'Honey Bucket An Extended Play', evokes a haze of bittersweet nostalgia for all ages. The looping and extended beginnings draw you in, building anticipation and drama before you delve into swingy alternative guitar and Kyle’s raw, genuine voice.
3029 decided to host a little 'party' (don't want to claim that we're frequent party hosts, because we're certainly not) with Honey Bucket headlining. I was naturally very excited and lined up at the front, being their biggest fan girl. Halfway through the first song, I was surrounded by others. Their music has that effect. You'll be sitting down chatting up a potential lover or in a serious DNM, but hear a glimpse of their music and you'll ditch the conversation to groove. They have a contagious and addictive sound that identifies with everyone.
Describe your aesthetic in 3 words?
Psy, pop, rock
What made you realise how important music was?
Ruben: When I started to sing. I mean guitar and drumming is fun but when you sing it connects to a deeper level of self I guess. I never really realised I could sing, it just felt good when I did sing.
Angus: Whenever I am away from an instrument or music and I come back I’m like shit how have I not killed my self since. That period without it is what told me.
James: Probably when I was 5 and I heard Neil Young's 'Harvest' for the first time. 'realization fever,' is what I call it.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
Ruben: The looping we do at the start of most our songs is inspired by Radio head. Recently, I worked out that I tend to use these types of chords that come from the film ‘Once.’ They’re probably the two main things I identify with.
Angus: I think when we started the basics we were inspired by Fleetwood Mac to Red Hot Chilli peppers. But then I got into a lot of jazz orientated music like classic jazz. Miles Davis, Ruby Hancock, Nina Simone and Erica Bardot. I learnt a lot of those riffs as well. Whatever you listen to comes out in what you try to create anyway, without you even realising. Whatever I listen to I guess
James: Jimmy Chamberlin from the Smashing Pumpkins, Brad Wilks from Rage against the machine, its all really simple stuff but the emotion he puts into his sounds is well, really inspiring.
How do you feel when you’re up there [stage] and see people knowing your music?
Angus: Yeah that freaked me out the first time. Like at our EP launch it was the first time I saw people singing the words and I was like ‘why?’ don’t you have something better to do, but it's pretty unreal.
What do you like to do besides playing music?
See music, see each other when we play music.
Inspiration behind lyrics?
Ruben: That's probably a Kyle question.
Angus: Yeah I think it’s a lot to do with classic girlfriend sort of stuff, but there’s deeper stuff within it. He branches out here and there. Recently Kyle and I have been writing a lot of the new stuff. I'll usually come up with the main chords and the bass riff and then he'll come around and just sing along, muck around. I don’t know how he does it.
Ruben: He’s someone, where it just comes out so quickly. There’s not much of a filter. It just all comes out for him, there’s no anxieties.
Angus: And i'ts not like he just hums it while I play. I'll play the chords like once, and just goes straight out with the rhythm, the lyrics and it all. He’s a freak.
How do you balance school and the band?
Ruben: Yeah it's hard. I don’t study much. I know when year 12 starts I won’t be able to do as much as I can.
Angus: I don’t find it that hard, not saying its easy. I only do these two things, when I'm not studying its music, when it's not music it's studying.
Angus: We’re releasing an EP soon. One's an old track that is going to be just acoustics. Theres wasn’t as many dynamics in the first EP, it was all just full. There was no contrast. Like it was good, but im excited for this one.
James: We’re releasing around 6 tracks.
Ruben: I’m hoping this one's a bit cleaner. We need to figure out what to do in terms of producing. The first EP was kinda over produced, slick sounding and incredibly full.
Favourite live act that you’ve seen?
James: Ah probably Bass Drum of Death that supported DZ Deathrays a few years ago. My first gig that I crowd surfed.
Angus: I'm gonna say Tame Impala, what's the point of seeing another live band? The production of the whole set. It's ridiculous how Kevin records and writes it all.
Do you like your handwriting?
Angus: I like my handwriting. Yeah it's both cursive and not.
James: Yeah people tell me it's good, I can't see how it's good at all. It depends on the day, sometimes I just like to take it easy.
What is your driving music?
James: Band of horses, their new album is fking great. Cease to begin is my favourite, or Infinite Arms.
Angus: Ive been listening to a lot of Matt Corbys album recently, espeically Belly Side up.
Tune into the boys music and their social media outlets as they have some awesome summer collabs, festivals and shows