If you’re interested in the Nashville rock scene, you need to know about The Honeymoon Thrillers. Formed last year in February 2010, the band came together to create some pretty stellar music with influences from The Beach Boys, Elvis, The Clash, and The Strokes. The band members include Nathan Barlowe (lead vocals, guitar), Cary Barlowe (guitar, vocals), Chris Boyle (bass), Jared Byers (drums), and Josiah Holland (keyboards). The Barlowe brothers were previously well known for their other project Luna Halo, which received a lot of local attention. The other members of the group hail from bands The Lonely Hearts, Bleach, and Mean Tambourines. While the new surf rock group creates sounds similar to The Killers, Kings of Leon, and Weezer, they have definitely developed a distinct sound. Their self-titled album released June 18, 2010 is loaded with this new vintage, yet modern sound and vibe that will keep you entertained for it’s entirety. “Shine,” “Summer Song,” and “Sally Don’t Be So Mad” are just a few of the great songs on this record. Produced by Chris Granger, the album was certainly able to naturally capture all of the songs in a way that listeners could get a perfect feel for the band. “We used 3 mics on the drums and one in the hallway all recorded in mono.” With final help from Grammy award-winning engineer Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather), The Honeymoon Thrillers finalized a great mix for a killer debut album. Take a listen:
The idea of The Honeymoon Thrillers started when Nathan Barlowe began writing songs with inspiration from old records that his dad and uncle used to listen to. The unique style and sound of their music began when Barlowe left a distortion pedal on while recording demos. “I realized I had never really heard anything like what was happening. It was retro and modern all at once.” That was the point when he knew that this had to come together, so he brought his brother and friends on board. Check out this video for one of my favorite songs from The Honeymoon Thrillers called “Summer Song:”
The Honeymoon Thrillers stepped right onto the scene last spring with a debut show at SXSW in Austin, TX and feature performances at Next Big Nashville and CMJ festival in NYC. With additional attention from magazines like SPIN and various websites, the band became a sure up-and-coming phenomenon that would continue to make significant progress in the Nashville rock scene. Even Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill has given attention by laying down bass on their first record. I am definitely looking forward to hearing more from The Honeymoon Thrillers in years to come. Listen to and purchase their album here.
By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC