After opening for major Rock bands such as Slash, The Who and Guns N' Roses. Dirty Honey are currently on their first headlining tour of America and, are selling out every show they play and for good reason. They are the first Rock N' Roll band to have a number one single (When I'm Gone) as an unsigned band. How did that happen? It turns out lead singer Marc LaBelle also plays hockey with record industry veteran Mark DiDia. When DiDia heard a demo of "When I'm Gone" he knew it was a number one song. He enlisted his brother, legendary producer Nick Didia to produce Dirty Honey's self titled EP. They shopped the record to labels and everyone passed. Mark DiDia, along with Red Light Management decided to take the band on themselves releasing the EP in March 2019. It paid off. The band currently has 13 million streams and their second single "Rolling 7's" is in the top twenty on Billboards Mainstream Rock Charts.
Dirty Honey played at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on February 5th. Lead singer Marc LaBelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Jason Smolian and drummer Corey Coverstone brought their brand of "New Fashioned Rock N' Roll" as Notto calls it, to a sold out audience consisting of 20 somethings to 50 somethings with an even mix of men and women. The audience were not casual fans. Dirty Honey already has a loyal following and the crowd was their to get rocked hard and dirty.
They opened with "Scars" and "Break You", two riff heavy rocker's off their EP followed by "Fire Away" a single they released in 2018 which builds into a chorus that had the crowd singing along with it. Next up was a new song called “The Wire”. A great song that showed this band has plenty more Rock to give. "Heartbreaker" was up next another song with hit potential with the audience singing every word. After a drum solo by Coverstone, the band launched into the bluesy Down The Road that has so much feel to it. "Tied Up" another great new song that will be on their next album rocked hard. They then launched into their newly released cover of Aerosmith's "Last Child"which they smoked with their own sleazy take on the song. Jason Notto then took a blistering guitar solo and they never came back up for air as they went right into "When I'm Gone". Next after Smolian's great bass solo they went right into a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". They ended their set with the aforementioned "Rolling 7's" leaving the audience Rocked Hard and Dirty!
Dirty Honey, a name that suits them perfectly are a great Rock N' Roll band! You can hear their influences, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Black Crowes, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath with some Blues and Grunge all mixed in but they don't sound like a copy cat band. They sound like Dirt Honey! Great American Rock N' Roll that we all really need right now!
Review by Jay Conroy
If you saw the members of KILLCODE on the street, you could mistake them for a biker gang. However on stage they look and sound like the great Rock N' Roll band they are! KILLCODE is one of New York City’s most successful Hard Rock bands.
Their sound is described as Southern infused Rock/Metal with modern day vocals. Lead singer Tom Morrisey has a very unique look, sound, powerful range, and a strong stage presence. The twin guitar attack of Chas (who started the band with Morrisey) and D.C. Gonzalez deliver crunching riffs and blistering solos. Hard playing bassist Erric Bonnesmith and drummer Rob Noxious round out the rhythm section and form the backbone of the band.
Killcode played New York City's Mercury Lounge to celebrate the venues 25th anniversary.The bands hardcore loyal following and friends were out in full force. People came from as far away as Germany and Puerto Rico. It’s clear their fans love them, and delivered the energy right back with full-on fist pumping and singing the choruses. “When I say KILL, you say CODE!” the bands standard call and response was in full force. With two EP'S and two full length albums under their belts, KILLCODE is a force to be reckoned with.
Opening the show with “Devil Song” off their first EP, it was clear they were here to rock! They followed it up with “Lucky Elephant” from their forth coming album then went into two songs, Show Me and and the title track The Answer, from their current album. The up all night rocker song, “6am Again”, was next.
The room was filled with energy as the band then played two more new songs called Phenomenon and Superman, which will appear on their next album. “Shot” another bad ass rocker off The Answer was next. They rounded out the set with “You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll” paying homage to Twisted Sister for taking them on the road and helping them reach a new and large audience overseas and being an inspiration to never give up. Their show staple “Kickin' and Screamin’” ended the set with the crowd singing their part of the chorus. The band came back on for an encore and did “Bad Mother” off their first full length album, to close the show.
KILLCODE is a strong, tight, hard rocking band! Buy their music, go see them live. This band is on the rise! As they say, SPREAD THE CODE!
Review by Jay Conroy