Emily Jones || March 12th
There are many great traditions that we, as Brits, have adopted over the years. These include full English breakfasts, drinking tea, queuing like a boss and most recent addition to the list, attending The Honey Box on one Sunday every month. It's as important as a roast dinner on a Sunday (which by the way, you should definitely be devouring before arriving) and as significant as popping the kettle on in times of trouble. But it's also in a league of its own and it gets bigger and better with every episode.
We're now on the fifth instalment of the live streamed live music experience and there's a lot to note. Each and every time I arrive at King Street Studios, the feeling is the same. It's calm, relaxed, like coming home after a long day at work. Lee Barber greets me at the door, swiftly followed by presenters Leah Hamer and Benedict McManus, technical director Russell Coppock and producer Peter Herbert. And then it's into the room where it all happens; Psyence positioned on the left hand side, with Julia Mosley opposite and Vidorra situated along the back wall. Three acts of varied genres.
Vidorra was the artist I was most interested in. Having first heard of his name at the Music Awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire, when he won the award for Best Young Act, I was yet to hear his music. Standing behind his decks, his MacBook and some other complex looking equipment, Vidorra seemed a little nervous. It's a daunting experience for anyone, having several cameras pointing at you as you perform, but especially so if you're 17 years of age. That glint of nervousness disappeared immediately however, the second the music began. Staring down at his hands, which were making the musical magic happen, Vidorra began to fall into his sound, letting it take hold of him and pull him away from the cameras and the lights. The electronic artist from Birmingham, will be jetting off to LA for a short period in the summer, to build on his experience and to truly chase his dreams. At The Honey Box that afternoon, Vidorra had the whole room in the palm of his hand, making for a memorable performance and an even greater episode.
A name you will hear quite frequently at the moment in and around the local music scene, is Julia Mosley. Having recently stepped down from her former band Reagal, Mosley is now well and truly going it alone. If her performance on The Honey Box was anything to go by though, then I'd say she's going to be alright. Performing original compositions such as her debut single September Song, Jack Frost and The Conquest, Mosley breezed through her set with ease. Her powerful, feathery vocals combined with mellow piano accompaniment, filled the room and spread into everyone's souls. Her confidence was noticeable, as was her enthusiasm for performing, making her instantly likeable and an obvious live audience favourite. With new music on the horizon and the buzz around her talent seemingly ever growing, I think Julia Mosley is going to be just fine on her own.
Spreading their five member strong line-up across the left side of the room, were Psyence. Fresh from their EP launch gig at The Exchange on the previous Friday, the band were more than ready to perform. Playing songs from A New Dawn including Cold Blooded Killer and Bad Seed as well as a brand new track titled You Will Never Know, Psyence were certainly on form. The Honey Box audience was slightly tamer than their launch gig crowd, but it was evident by the foot tapping, head nodding and loud applause, that everyone in the room felt it too. Their spiraling guitar solos, psychedelic rhythms and trippy synth accompaniment made the room spin, whilst Stephen Pye's standout vocals lifted everyone a thousand feet high. I think it's obvious that their performance will remain one of the strongest that The Honey Box will ever see, proving that Psyence really do have something quite unique.
Like all traditions, the only way to keep them going is if everyone gets involved, so if you haven't yet attended or watched an episode of The Honey Box, then I suggest you do something about it and support your local scene.