It’s been three years since honeychain released their debut album Crushed. Produced by the late Kim Shattuck, its explosive opening track, Bombs Away, set the tone for what proved to be thirty-three minutes of exhilarating power pop.
Now they are back with their latest offering Pocket Full of Good Luck and it’s good to find that this is not the sound of a band standing still. The punk pop sensibilities that made Crushed so accessible are still present, especially on the album’s second track Go Away. However, the guitar sound is now dirtier, the lyrics slightly edgier and the pace of the whole album much more considered than its predecessor.
With Spaceman, honeychain have yet again set things up with a cracker. Band leader Hillary Burton’s slightly distorted vocal adds perfectly to the feeling of displacement engendered by the song.
Alt-rocker Flee Los Angeles is a real highlight, the grungy guitar sound the perfect backdrop for the love/hate lyrics. The title track, Pocket Full of Good Luck, is a fast and furious adrenalin rush, positively dripping with attitude. Its two glorious minutes of brash punk rock is sure to leave you breathless and wanting more.
Chemtrails is a jangly classic, the one minute long outro lifting it to another level. The acoustic Late Night Movie Show, brings things to a wistful conclusion and is sure to stay in your head long after the last notes have faded away.
There is much to love about this album, with echoes of The Muffs, Blondie, Teenage Fanclub, L7 and Nirvana present. It all blends perfectly together to give honeychain a distinctive sound. Pocket Full of Good Luck, for me, is one of the best releases of the year so far.
Honeychain are: –
Hillary Burton – Guitar, Vocals and Effortless Cool
Andre Tusques – Bass and backing vocals
Loye Aubrey Jnr – Drums
For info click visit the bands website at honeychainmusic.com.
To Buy/Listen to Pocket Full of Good Luck click here.
Photo of Hillary Burton by Steve Rood.