Album review: THE HONEYRUNNERS – Everything Is On Fire

Gypsy Soul Records [Release date 22.10.21]

This is the debut albums from The Honeyrunners, a four-piece Toronto group (expanding to eleven members for larger shows) consisting of singer/songwriter Dan Dwoskin (keys, lead vocals), audio-engineer/producer, Guillermo Subauste (bass, vocals), Conor Gains (electric guitar, vocals) and Lewis Spring (drums, percussion, vocals).

The album has a theme running through it as it aims to disrobe our culture of apathy – a sentiment that everything is always on fire, with nothing to do but watch. As Dan Dwoskin says, “We write songs for the times we need them.”

‘Run & Hide’ starts the album of with an upbeat piece of pop rock, swiftly followed by the gentler ‘What Are You Scared Of?’, and what a vocal performance by Dan Dwoskin, backed by a gospel like chorus. Connor Gains throws a short but sweet guitar solo into the mixing pot too.

‘Ghosts’ has a swagger about it, as the band pen another memorable chorus. Nice to hear some sax too, an instrument that doesn’t get used enough in the pop and rock world. ‘Cabin Fever’ with its stabbing Hammond riffs, sees the band travelling down a southern rock road.

On ‘Mixtape’ they make it sound suitably retro, as befits the song’s title. Indie pop doesn’t get much better than this. ‘Mixtape’ illustrates the key to this album’s success – the Honeyrunners love melodies and chances are you’ll love the ones they have come up with.

Like fellow Canadians the Trews, the Honeyrunners straddle many musical genres, yet at their musical heart they just produce damn fine music. One of the strongest debuts I’ve heard in a while. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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