Honne Thrill Sold-Out Bowery Ballroom with Cool Electric Soul

March 14th, 2016

Honne – The Bowery Ballroom – March 11, 2016

Hailing from across the pond, first-name-only Brits James and Andy, better known as Honne, produce amazing soul-infused electronic grooves. When asked to describe their genre-blending music to the Telegraph, they answered, “warm and sensual, late-night vibes, serious baby-making sounds.” Folks, you’ve been warned. Andy’s voice delivers the heavy soul, and sidekick James lays down the keys. Earlier this year, the duo released the EP Gone Are the Days, building upon previous songs as the title track was featured on their previous release, Coastal Love. With new material tucked into their silky pockets, the mates landed upon a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on Friday night.

A radio sample opened the evening as the pair hit the stage joined by a full band for crowd fave “Warm on a Cold Night.” Andy greeted New Yorkers and noted that it was their second time in our fair city. The two soon had the room grooving with callouts to join in and sing on “Top to Toe,” with the disco ball activated for maximum ambience. As if that weren’t enough, the singer stripped off his jacket for a cover of Darondo’s “Didn’t I,” eliciting a barrage of female screams. When the chorus “On this New York City coast” from “Coastal Love” chimed through, more cheers erupted across the packed venue where folks overflowed the balconies as the retro ’80s industrial drum-and-bass stylings reverberated. Honne premiered a new track, “Someone That Loves You,” which they dedicated to a mysterious Ricardo, who has been having a rough time, before closing the set with the clap-inducing title track.

Not to let the boys off the hook so quickly, uproarious applause called them back and had Andy proclaiming, “You guys are officially the best!” Repaying the adulation, some deep classic soul was thrown down with “3am,” and James punctuating the evening by donning the electric guitar on “All in the Value.” I’m not sayin’—I’m just sayin’—people leaving that show could be getting frisky ’til 3 o’clock in the morning off that musical high. —Sharlene Chiu