We were thrilled to see HONNE
perform live on stage at the Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY last night. The British electronic duo originally stole our hearts after having an intimate session with us
in Austin, TX during SXSW earlier this year.
As soon as I walked into the Warsaw, I noticed that the crowd appeared strikingly homogeneous. Almost everyone could've been in college, and about 70% of the crowd was female. However it's no surprise that the duo is so adored by their fans. They write lyrics that are strongly influenced by love with a soulful beat that you can also dance to.
As soon as HONNE came on stage, bright purples, yellows, greens, and pink lights flooded the stage, each color becoming more vibrant as the show progressed. It almost seemed like an ode to their music video, "Someone That Loves You," which happens to stick with this same colorful scheme. The duo opened with "Treat Yourself," from their most recent LP, Warm on a Cold Night,
which was released on earlier this year in July. The crowd came alive about five songs in when they played "The Night." Screeching fangirls repeatedly sang along to the lyric, "Spend the night, and I will make it worth your while." But they also played older songs like "3AM" and my personal favorite, "No Place Like Home."
Frontman, Andy Clutterbuck, was extremely humbled throughout his performance. He made it known how thankful he was to be playing at Warsaw, and in New York in general. At one point he said, "We are never going to forget this... I'm speechless." Queue the "awwww" from every crushing girl in the audience. Any time they would speak, the two girls in front of me would melt. I'm assuming it's something to do with their British accents.
The duo "ended" the show with their most popular song, "Someone That Loves You," and it was perfect. Naomi Scarlett sang the female vocals, originally recorded with the very talented, Izzy Bizu. However, Naomi definitely did the live version justice. Even multi-instrumentalist, James Hatcher, who had been sitting all night due to a broken ankle, stood up and moved along to the beat while playing his guitar. The band returned to the stage one last time for an encore and played, "Warm on A Cold Night," which I deem the best baby-making song of all time.
HONNE's songs are relatable, and each tells a vivid story. They discuss falling in love, with all the ups and downs that go with it. The hauntingly beautiful harmonies from backup vocalist, Naomi Scarlett did not go by unnoticed. By the end of the night, every boyfriend in the crowd was screaming HONNE's lyrics just as loud as their girlfriends. The evolution of the show was magical to witness, and it was an honor to be a part of it.
Also check out our session with the baby-making music makers (try saying that
ten times fast):