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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Honey Kill and Ara Casey (Air-AH)
Recommended if you like: We're a little The Dead Weather, a little Lake Street Dive, a little Joplin, a little Jett. Our influences are The Dead Weather to Ennio Morricone, Tegan & Sara to Beach House
Story behind your band/artist name: Recently we had to undergo a band name change. Another band named "Lonely Ocean" (who had originated at the same time we did) wrote asking us to change our name. Lots of niceties etc, and "we don't want to have to take legal action..." lol We batted around a lot of names - because of course, when you need one you can never find one... We tended to stick with names that empowered a femme identity, or ones that mocked traditional representations of women. My co-writer conflated two of the suggestions to come up with Honey Kill. Only until after we'd changed the name did we realize that both the drummer and I are beekeepers so it worked out perfectly.
Band Members: Ara (vox/guitar), Alex (guitar), Juliette (bass), Erik (guitar) & Nick (drums)
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I grew up in Takoma Park and my co-writer Alex is from upstate NY residing in Herndon by way of Pittsburgh. Our drummer is in NoVA and Juliette and Erik are within a stones through in Takoma Park.
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Alex and I met on Craigslist when we identified a shared love of The Dead Weather and Ennio Morricone.
We have two beekeepers in the band.
Our bassists last band was Juliette and the Thunderballs and now plays in The Outskirts.
Nick doesn't like the Beatles. (That may be too revealing. We still love him tho.)
Erik was classically trained at Peabody though he rocks hard and has a soft spot for puns.
Joey Jenkins and Ben Tufts are intermittent band members.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We're primarily a live band. I have a solo EP and Juliette is about to release an EP with The Outskirts. In addition to Honey Kill, Juliette and I also duet out. I am also writing with a project called The OSYX comprised of the front women from FuzzQueen and More AM Than FM that expects to perform starting in May. Currently participating in Hat Band for sh*ts and grins. I love people.
Official Website URL: www.aracasey.com
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1oX1Xu24JdhqoEvcumJlhp
Other Links: Honey Kill clips:
Silent 45 - https://www.instagram.com/p/BYUyBsqByGx/?taken-by=aracaseymusic
Rebel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjo0v970rpE
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/aracaseymusic/
Main Genre: Indie
Other Genres: Retro Indie Rock, Alt Rock, Blues