On 2ndMarch Wah Wah 45s will release Whatever You Do, by the new single by their latest signing, Honeyfeet. The song premiered on Craig Charles’ BBC 6 Music show on 6th January.
Whatever You Do follows the release of the single Sinner, which received plays on BBC 6 Music, with the accompanying video premiering on Clash Music. Whatever You Do showcases the band’s unique brand of folk-hop. Combined with oom-pah, the song addresses the fear-mongering of the press.
For the last couple of years Honeyfeet (whose name comes from a line in the Blues Brothers film) have been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester based musicians. This genre-defying band incorporate styles including jazz, and the aforementioned folk and hip hop into their music.
The band are fronted by Ríoghnach Connolly – also known for her work with Real World artists Afro Celt Sound System and The Breath - “a remarkable singer and flautist who...can ease from Irish traditional influences to soul” (The Guardian). The line up is completed by Rik Warren (vocals/harmonica), Gus Fairbairn (tenor sax), Biff Roxby (trombone/vocals), Ellis Davies (guitar), Lorien Edwards (bass guitar), John Ellis (keyboards) and David Schlechtriemen (drums).
Since their self-released debut album, 2013’s It's a Good Job I Love You, keyboardist John Ellis jumped on board as full-time member, bringing his unique musical presence. This enabled the development of a more texturally adventurous style, as witnessed with the dual atonal solo between himself and guitarist Ellis Davies on Sinner. Similarly, for their next LP, Orange Whip, engineer, bassist and spiritual guide Lorien Edwards makes his Honeyfeet recording debut, so completing the "kitchen" of this very special band.
Whatever You Do is released on March 2nd. The album, Orange Whip, will follow on March 30th.