The California Honeydrops are back at it with their new live album, Remember When: Live Vol. 3, released today via Tubtone Records. The new release is a compilation of recordings from live concerts around the country, from Portland, ME to Denver, CO, where the band played their last show before the shutdown back in January.
In honor of the new release, the the band will hit the stage at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA tonight, Friday, November 20th, at 6:00 p.m. 25% of proceeds from donations during the livestream will be donated to the Alameda Food Band and the Contra Costa Food Bank. For more information about the stream, head here.
“Each one of these tracks has something special, something we did that night and that night only,” says vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski of the new album. “Whether it’s a spontaneous crowd interaction, or and an ad-libbed verse or a little background vocal riff we came up with on the spot… You can hear us leaving the script and the show behind and diving into the spirit of that night, searching and finding the lil’ nuggets that make each night of live music with an interactive audience so special. Listening back to these tracks during quarantine, it’s hard to imagine that we even made these sounds. There’s so much energy and joy it almost seems alien during these weird times.”
The Honeydrops have stayed busy throughout 2020 and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In lieu of their fully canceled year of touring, they have been offering weekly concert livestreams, “Friday Night Sessions,” on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. PT. Reaching audiences of over 25,000 per stream, the band is donating 25% of each week’s revenue to a different charity as part of their Spreadin’ Honey philanthropic initiative. They have also created “Covers from the Cave,” a series of video recordings of inspirational covers, such as John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” and James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain.” Their cover of The Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk” has amassed more than 4.5 million views, and counting.
Finally, Honeydrops recently launched a podcast, “The Bee’s Wax,” exploring the ways in which they write and record their music. Each episode focuses on a single song, breaking down the process from both a songwriting and an engineering perspective and featuring anecdotes relevant to the piece’s evolution and meaning. Episodes can be found here.
Stream Remember When: Vol. 3 by The California Honeydrops on the platform of your choice here or listen via Spotify below:
The California Honeydrops – Remember When: Live Vol. 3 – Full Album