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PHOTO FLASHBACK: Dirty Honey with The Amazons at Polaris Hall on 02/22/20

By BRENT ANGELO // OMN photographers continue to flash back on their favorite shoots....til the music starts again. Dirty Honey with the Amazons!

Here is a PHOTO FLASHBACK. Dirty Honey is a newer rock band worth checking out. While we have some more down time through this period...if you are looking for some new music to listen to look no further. You're welcome.

Here is a repost of their show coverage from Polaris Hall....

Dirty Honey is currently on a headlining tour in support of their self-titled EP. The band just played one of the Rolling 7’s Tour last tour stops here in Portland at Polaris Hall in Portland. The Mississippi Studios ran venue made for an intimate and up-close way to see this upcoming rock n’ roll band.
Dirty Honey first formed in the Los Angeles area in 2017. The band consists of Marc Labelle (singer), John Notto (guitarist), Justin Smolian (bass), and Corey Coverstone (drums). They released their first EP in March of 2019 and their first single "When I'm Gone" would go on to top the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, making them the first unsigned band to ever top the chart. Dirty Honey would then get big time opportunities opening for legendary acts like the Who and Guns N’ Roses
Dirty Honey’s self-titled EP is a modern 70s era rock n’ roll record. The lead off track “When I’m Gone” packs a punch like classic AC/DC. “Rolling 7s” has a sexy, rock n’ roll groove and “Down The Road” shows off their blues side nicely. John Notto’s guitar playing focuses not on how many notes he can play but he seems to make every note count.

The six song EP overall shows the band’s serious about making quality rock n’ roll music. It really is sad situation with the music business that currently this is a band not signed by any major label. Record companies have been famous for not seeing talent right in front of them and right now they are failing to see the potential in this group, who continues to work independently. For now, Dirty Honey is doing what they need to and taking the music to the people.
Dirty Honey’s Portland show at Polaris Hall was sold out and for good reason. There is a buzz with this band and the word is spreading. Before the show, (fairly priced) meet and greet VIPs brought in numerous hardcore fans first and you could feel the energy building for their set in the GA line. Dirty Honey shirts were everywhere and the doors weren’t even open yet.

Dirty Honey took to the stage with its opener “Scars”. The band would go on to play all of the tracks from its current EP, played some new/unreleased tracks and took time for band solo sections that included fun band jams of music by Led Zeppelin and Van Halen. Their released Aerosmith cover of “Last Child” would also find its way into the live set. “Down the Road” from the EP stood out and was a highlight that included one of the best guitar solos of the night. The band and its audience are building their connection and respect for each other. Fans showed their dedication with singing along with lyrics throughout the night. Dirty Honey finished their show with “Rolling 7s” leaving Portland wanting more.

The music business is always changing however one thing that doesn’t change is the importance in writing great songs. Dirty Honey may be a newer band, but already they have showed a maturity in their first EP release. Someone (in the music business) needs to help this band, sign them, give them a chance, and see how far they can take it. There is a real potential here and in time will come. It’s not a matter of it, but when. The fans know good music when they hear it. This sold out show just means a bigger venue next time. Dirty Honey for is doing it the right way. They are writing great songs, putting on energetic live shows for their fans and building a fan base. This is a band to watch.

The Amazons from England opened the show.

Dirty Honey
Rolling 7’s Tour 2020
Polaris Hall
Portland, Oregon


Break You
Fire Away
The Wire (new and unreleased song)
Drum Solo (with Van Halen’s Everybody Wants Some)
Down the Road
Tied Up (new and unreleased song)
Last Child (Aerosmith)
official video https://youtu.be/j7nhfjWM790
Guitar Solo
When I'm Gone
official video https://youtu.be/I8ygfX0BavM
Bass Solo (with “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin) )
Rolling 7s
official video https://youtu.be/42rmUlDiQDI

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