Written by Lauren Rosier
The California Honeydrops‘ are thrilled to announce the release of their new live album, Remember When: Vol. 3, out today via Tubtone Records, listen here.
The band will celebrate the live album by holding a free live stream TONIGHT at 6 p.m. PT at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mimi Valley, CA. The band will donate 25% of all donations to Alameda Food Bank and Contra Costa Food Bank. More information available HERE.
The live album features recordings from live concerts nationwide ranging from Portland, ME to their most recent live show at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO on January 17, 2020.
“Each one of these tracks has something special, something we did that night and that night only,” says vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski of the new album. “Whether it’s a spontaneous crowd interaction, or and an ad-libbed verse or a little background vocal riff we came up with on the spot… You can hear us leaving the script and the show behind and diving into the spirit of that night, searching and finding the lil’ nuggets that make each night of live music with an interactive audience so special. Listening back to these tracks during quarantine, it’s hard to imagine that we even made these sounds. There are so much energy and joy it almost seems alien during these weird times.”
Despite not being able to tour, the band has tried to keep themselves busy throughout the pandemic. They have been holding weekly concert live streams, titled Friday Night Sessions, on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. PT. They’ve been able to reach audiences of over 25,000 per stream. The band is donating 25 percent of each week’s revenue to a different charity, as part of their Spreadin’ Honey philanthropic initiative.
Finally, they’ve also developed a podcast, The Bee’s Wax, exploring the ways in which The California Honeydrops write and record their music. Each episode focuses on a single song and will break down the process from both a songwriting and an engineering perspective.
5. Cry For Me (Chicago, IL)
6. Cry Baby Blues (Washington, DC)
7. I Wanna Go Home (Denver, CO)
8. Sit Down On It (Chicago, IL)
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