FReeZa Push Start Competition finalists Honey Bucket answer a few questions ahead of their appearance at the Grand Final on the Push Stage at St Kilda Festival this year.
What’s the name of your band, who’s in it and where are you all from?
Honey Bucket, Kyle vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Reuben lead guitarist, Angus bassist and James drummer.
Briefly tell us the story behind your band and how long you’ve been making music and writing songs?
All met through mates and skating in early high school as well as playing in bands prior to Honey Bucket. Angus and Reuben have been playing together for over six years but our band has been making music and writing tunes since early 2013.
What are your band’s musical influences? Have they evolved from when the band first started out?
A lot of our influences come from RHCP, Radiohead as well as the singer’s love for the Beatles. Influences change and evolve depending on who you listen to and exposed to. We can assure you our musical taste has changed since we were 13 years old.
Which Regional Final did you win, and how was the FReeZA Push Start competition experience for you all?
We won the Western Metro Regional Final in Newport. The FReeZa comp was a great experience for us all and a huge confidence boost in our song-writing making it to the final at St Kilda Fest.
You’ll now be battling it out with eight other bands at the Grand Final at The Push Stage at St Kilda Festival 2017 for a pretty sweet prize pack. Which prize excites you most and why?
Honestly, the prizes don’t appeal to us in comparison actually playing St Kilda fest. Just the exposure and ability for us to play at the festival is insane.
What were your favourite songs or albums for 2016? What music are you most looking forward to next year?
So many juicy local releases; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Nonagon Infinity, Matt Corby’s Telluric and Jarrow’s 2003 Dream. Well obviously keen for King Gizz’s five album release, looking forward to hear Mac Demarco’s new album and what Tame Impala get up to.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite shows to play at?
We’ve played at Kindred Studios heaps, Dancing Dog, Bendigo Hotel, Yarraville Festival and Bella Union. Our favourite shows to play are always the ones where all our mates get down to and have a boogie.
If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be your dream gig or tour?
Every live act’s production and visuals at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is ridiculous so it would have to be there.
What’s the plan for your band in 2017, what will you be doing or working on?
Working on a new release following our debut EP which came out in 2016. We’re trying not to attain any expectations from this collection of songs which is why we do not want to label it as an album or an EP, just a collection of songs. The release will be approximately 8 tracks coming out hopefully mid year.
Where can fans find out more about you and upcoming shows?
We’re on Facebook, Instagram and soundcloud and pretty much any other music sharing website and platform. Suss us out.