Dirty Honey at the Showbox

Dirty Honey at The Showbox (Photo by Mike Baltierra)
Michael Baltierra Dirty Honey at The Showbox (Photo by Mike Baltierra)

It was a chilly fall evening in Seattle, and those who came out their Thanksgiving Feast induced food comas made their way down to the Showbox to catch one of the hottest bands to come out of Los Angeles, Dirty Honey.

Dirty Honey (Marc Labelle (vocals), John Notto (guitar), Justin Smolian (bass) and Jaydon Bean (drums)) are currently on their “Can’t Find the Brakes” tour. The 70s rock-inspired band have been the first ever unsigned band to score a number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, creating a massive buzz – and supporting Kiss, Slash, and Rival Sons – on the back of their eponymous debut EP and album.

The band took the stage and opened their set with the title track to their latest album Can’t Find the Brakes and proceeding to get the Sunday evening crowd rocking with “California Dreamin.”

The band sounded as if Aerosmith, The Black Crowes and Guns N Roses all got together and spawned Dirty Honey – from the solid grooving rhythm section, to the bluesy guitars to the raspy vocals, the band was definitely on point and they looked to be having an awesome time.

Their set did consist of some pretty solid covers, most notable “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince which the band performed for the NHL’s Winter Classic a little over a year ago. Though the attendance was at about 80% capacity, the band performed as if they were playing a sold-out arena – they put on a killer performance while they looked like they were having an awesome time doing so.

If you haven’t heard any of their music, check them on Spotify or on YouTube. Or if you are already digging their music, check them out when they come to your town.

Getting the show started was Austin Meade.

Can’t Find The Brakes
California Dreamin’
Dirty Mind
Tied Up
Coming Home (Ballad of the Shire)
Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones cover)
Don’t Put Out the Fire
Let’s Go Crazy (Prince cover)
The Wire
Another Last Time
When I’m Gone

Won’t Take Me Alive
Rolling 7s (with band intros)