as the first part of Honey Childs band name makes a fine companion to
peanut butter, so does the first half of another two-word phrase thats
been attached to the group since their formation in the mid-90s: jam band.
"Its a double-edged sword for us," guitarist Dino Gisiano says.
"On one hand, it suggests a level of expertise at the craft, but at
the same time, were songwriters, too. I like to think of us as the
alternative jam band. We can get into a 30-minute wank fest that will
blind you and weve got a conga player, so we wont even be in time for half
of it! but to me, that gets old, even playing it.
"I think what makes us ultimately appealing
isnt the jam-band element of our music, although that is something we can
do. Most of the jam bands out there dont really have
a singer. Honey Child wouldnt exist if it
wasnt for our vocalist."
too much probably," singer Heather Higgs says. "Ive had a few
lessons and Ive learned to tone it back and not
scream at the top of my lungs anymore.
Im still learning how to use my voice."
Its been a lifelong process.
"My dad sang and played guitar and my
mom sang too, so I guess I get it from my parents," Higgs says.
"There was always music playing in the house, so Ive been singing as
long as I can remember."
Higgs vocals are impressively showcased on Honey Childs new CD, Taller.
Produced by Grammy Awardnominated local legend Clarke Rigsby, the disc is
a sonic tour de force that goes from subtle intimacy to full-blown
orchestration with plenty of instrumental hooks and catchy choruses along
"Clarke is famous in this town, but hes also famous for not liking a
lot of music in this town," Gisiano says.
said he was in, we were secretly screaming inside."
Rigsby and the band which also includes guitarist Jason Montero, conga
player Joe Frost, drummer Greg Lisi and bassist Steve Green whittled 30
songs to the 12 that appear on the album, recording for more than a year.
group is proud of the result, the artwork and title suggest more growth to
"With this record completed, were a bigger band on an emotional level
and on an artistic level, but on the cover youre looking up at a
sapling," Gisiano says. "Weve still got a long ways to go, at
least in our minds."
And go they shall. The band is pulling up stakes and moving to North
Carolina at the end of next month. Only Frost will remain
in the Valley, though hell join the band on tour this summer.
"Charlotte is just outside the real snow belt, and there are amazing
college towns all around there where we can play five nights a week in
different towns," Gisiano says. "Essentially, were going to be
making a better living, so thats why were going."
The band plans to find a house where they can build a studio and live
together "a Honey Child compound," Gisiano calls it as four of
the six currently do in the Valley.
"Weve been living like that for five or six years. Living so far away
from my family, the guys are my family here,"
"It doesnt bother me that Im the only girl; I dont even think of it
She does hope that she and Gisiano whove been a couple for nearly a decade
wont be living with their bandmates forever.
"Id really like it if Dino and I could have our own house at some
point," she says.
What: Honey Child CD release party Who: Honey Child, Andy Simon Where:
Eugenes Rock Café, 1320 E. Broadway Road, Tempe When: 9 p.m. Friday How
much: $4 Info: (480) 968-3238
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