them play, I had the same kinetic experience I had once years ago when I
first saw Jefferson Airplane perform!”
Jim Capaldi, founder of the legendary rock band Traffic, had that
to say after seeing them play one night in LA.
years, 1,000 shows, and 2000 miles ago, a band was born.
In a desert environment where very little grows, HoNey
CHiLD blossomed to be one of the best and most respected bands the
Valley of the Sun had ever seen. Like
most things out west, their origins lie in the East.
On a fateful after hours night, Jason Montero (a transplanted New
Jersey boy), Dino Gisiano (a New Yorker who grew up in the garment
district) and Heather Higgs (a Pittsburgh songbird with a voice as tough
as the steel town she comes from) found themselves gathered in front of
some mutual friends and couple of guitars.
Sharing songs they all knew, it became obvious that for whatever
reasons they had individually moved there, they were meant to make music
together. And HoNey CHiLD was
that late night, the band has gone on to play some far better gigs.
In 1998, HoNey CHiLD was chosen as the best-unsigned band in Arizona. They
appeared on the 1998 H.O.R.D.E. Tour and began touring outside of their
home state. It wasn’t long
before the hot, dry winds of
carried their name and sound
throughout the West. In 1999,
The Santa Barbara Independent put it like this,
Child evades the aimless shambling wank that traditionally dooms most
bands and overcomes much of the over-easy Caucasianhood that weakens their
own by employing spot-on polyrhythm, fuzzy rock guitar, prominent pop
hooks, and most of all, the voluminous vocals of Heather Higgs.”
late 2000, after successful tours of the Midwest and the East Coast, the
band returned to the studio. The
next 18 months were spent crafting their most ambitious record to date,
and making plans to move back to the land that gave birth to the music
they make. The East Coast.
In 2002, Get Out Magazine wrote
“You could toss a stone these days
and hit an independent band, but you’d throw your arm out before you
would hit one like Honey Child. The multi-ethnic group stirs up a sonic
stew over which Heather Higgs struts her vocal stuff.”
their base the band is carrying their sound to a whole new set of ears.
From Asheville thru Atlanta music fans have already responded
enthusiastically to HoNey CHiLD’s unique sound. With an aggressive
schedule ahead it won’t be long before they become a formidable musical
force south of the Mason Dixon Line.