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"GoListenLive.net"

Hand Honey - Crazy Palm Mute Review

"Crazy Palm Mute" is a 2002 release by the Panama City, Florida alt/rock band Hand Honey. I have to say I was surprised by the musical dynamics of the CD. Hand Honey creates a melodic sound while not compromising the aggressive aspect of their music. Their music would be in the same catagory as Incubus and 3 Doors Down, but with their own unique style.

Melody - 9
All of the songs on the CD have a strong melody. The melody is carried through each song without breaking up. The melodies that Hand Honey create are quite interesting and intricate.

Arrangement - 8
The songs are able to keep melody going through different instruments. Hand Honey is able to move from soft sequences to loud sequences fluidly. The use of clean and distorted sounds compliment the overall outcome of the songs.

The vocals are powerful and Greg Miller has a haunting tone that gives the music its power. With multiple vocal harmonies, the vocal lines are able to punch through the music when needed. I would have wanted the bass(Everett Tyndall) to carry the melody through some of the softer aspects of the music like it did in "Take". I would like to see the band try and place some more weight away from the lead guitar and vocal for transitions.

Passion - 10
There is no question the band has passion about their music. All of the songs are very emotional. They excel in communicating their feelings and produce music that is meaningful.

Production Quality - 10
The CD has excellent production quality. The mix is very nice. It was quite surprising from an independent offering.

Packaging - 7
Packaging is OK for this CD. It has mislabeled song orders on the track listing. The CD itself is printed well though. The backing is also printed well. The side insert printing is hard to read.

Although their music is not fully developed, anyone of their songs could easily pass for a major label release. This CD is one of the top indie CDs available today. Hand Honey has created driving melodies that can speak to the soul on "Crazy Palm Mute".

Overall Rating: 8.8 - GoListenLive.net


"GoListenLive.net"

Hand Honey - Crazy Palm Mute Review

"Crazy Palm Mute" is a 2002 release by the Panama City, Florida alt/rock band Hand Honey. I have to say I was surprised by the musical dynamics of the CD. Hand Honey creates a melodic sound while not compromising the aggressive aspect of their music. Their music would be in the same catagory as Incubus and 3 Doors Down, but with their own unique style.

Melody - 9
All of the songs on the CD have a strong melody. The melody is carried through each song without breaking up. The melodies that Hand Honey create are quite interesting and intricate.

Arrangement - 8
The songs are able to keep melody going through different instruments. Hand Honey is able to move from soft sequences to loud sequences fluidly. The use of clean and distorted sounds compliment the overall outcome of the songs.

The vocals are powerful and Greg Miller has a haunting tone that gives the music its power. With multiple vocal harmonies, the vocal lines are able to punch through the music when needed. I would have wanted the bass(Everett Tyndall) to carry the melody through some of the softer aspects of the music like it did in "Take". I would like to see the band try and place some more weight away from the lead guitar and vocal for transitions.

Passion - 10
There is no question the band has passion about their music. All of the songs are very emotional. They excel in communicating their feelings and produce music that is meaningful.

Production Quality - 10
The CD has excellent production quality. The mix is very nice. It was quite surprising from an independent offering.

Packaging - 7
Packaging is OK for this CD. It has mislabeled song orders on the track listing. The CD itself is printed well though. The backing is also printed well. The side insert printing is hard to read.

Although their music is not fully developed, anyone of their songs could easily pass for a major label release. This CD is one of the top indie CDs available today. Hand Honey has created driving melodies that can speak to the soul on "Crazy Palm Mute".

Overall Rating: 8.8 - GoListenLive.net


"The News Herald (Panama City, FL)"

With the recent release of their first extended play CD, Crazy Palm Mute, local power metal group Hand Honey has taken the next step in its career. "Now that the CD has been released, we are now going to go back into the studio and complete a full CD," drummer Chris Hoggarth said during a rehearsal session. "Money is tight right now so we are also seeking sponsorships to help us take the next step with our CD." Anyone interested in sponsoring the band can visit the bands Web site, www.handhoney.com, or call 624-4163. The next big concert event for the band is July 3 when it plays Heritage Days at Tyndall Air Force Base. The band has been a local club staple since forming one year ago. It can be seen at J. Krash’s, Foghorns, Chubby’s, Ruthie T’s and Rock-It-Lanes when in town. Guitarists Vince Reyes and Chad Porter formed the nucleus of the group when they both left their former band, Aftermath, in April 2001. Soon after, vocalist Greg Miller and bassist Everett Tyndall joined. Hoggarth was the final piece of the puzzle. Once formed, the band had to decide what direction it wanted to take. The safe route would have been become a cover band. But it took a chance and began developing its own sound. "We initially did do covers to fund our original venture and to build a fan base," Porter said. "Now we do two sets of original material and will throw in a set of covers just to make everyone happy." The band as a unit will work on new material. But it is sometimes a struggle. "We share writing credits," Porter said. "But with the five of us, it is sometimes a struggle to open up to other ideas. We all have our own opinions about what our songs should sound like." Recently the band played to a full house at Chubby’s in Panama City Beach. It was the official release party for the CD. "It was our third time at Chubby’s, and the response from the crowd was great," Porter said. "The adrenaline we all felt when the curtain dropped will be hard to top." The band has one other goal in mind for the coming year. "Once we finish working up the new songs we have been working on, we hope to branch out to Tallahassee and over toward Destin and Fort Walton Beach," Porter said. Hand Honey’s CD, Crazy Palm Mute, is available on its Web site, and also at the live shows. - Steve Zimmerman


"The News Herald (Panama City, FL)"

With the recent release of their first extended play CD, Crazy Palm Mute, local power metal group Hand Honey has taken the next step in its career. "Now that the CD has been released, we are now going to go back into the studio and complete a full CD," drummer Chris Hoggarth said during a rehearsal session. "Money is tight right now so we are also seeking sponsorships to help us take the next step with our CD." Anyone interested in sponsoring the band can visit the bands Web site, www.handhoney.com, or call 624-4163. The next big concert event for the band is July 3 when it plays Heritage Days at Tyndall Air Force Base. The band has been a local club staple since forming one year ago. It can be seen at J. Krash’s, Foghorns, Chubby’s, Ruthie T’s and Rock-It-Lanes when in town. Guitarists Vince Reyes and Chad Porter formed the nucleus of the group when they both left their former band, Aftermath, in April 2001. Soon after, vocalist Greg Miller and bassist Everett Tyndall joined. Hoggarth was the final piece of the puzzle. Once formed, the band had to decide what direction it wanted to take. The safe route would have been become a cover band. But it took a chance and began developing its own sound. "We initially did do covers to fund our original venture and to build a fan base," Porter said. "Now we do two sets of original material and will throw in a set of covers just to make everyone happy." The band as a unit will work on new material. But it is sometimes a struggle. "We share writing credits," Porter said. "But with the five of us, it is sometimes a struggle to open up to other ideas. We all have our own opinions about what our songs should sound like." Recently the band played to a full house at Chubby’s in Panama City Beach. It was the official release party for the CD. "It was our third time at Chubby’s, and the response from the crowd was great," Porter said. "The adrenaline we all felt when the curtain dropped will be hard to top." The band has one other goal in mind for the coming year. "Once we finish working up the new songs we have been working on, we hope to branch out to Tallahassee and over toward Destin and Fort Walton Beach," Porter said. Hand Honey’s CD, Crazy Palm Mute, is available on its Web site, and also at the live shows. - Steve Zimmerman


"The Gulf Defender (Tyndall AFB, FL)"

Hand Honey is the name of a local alternative/rock band that has found its popularity on the rise. Staff Sgt. Chris Hoggarth, from the 325th Operationis Support Squadron, is the drummer for the band, and Staff Sgt. Vince Reyes, from the 95th Fighter Squadron, plays guitar.

The band, formed in April 2001, released its first compact disc, "Crazy Palm Mute," May 31, and has had its songs featured on local radio stations. It has performed at numerous clubs in the local area, garnering quite a fan base.

"Words can't express the pride I felt in my band when we packed a small club full of fans and got to showcase all of our original work," Sergeant Hoggarth said about Hand Honey's CD release party. "I had no idea we had so many supporters."

The band members describe their music as very melodic and heavy at times, while the lyrics express something that every person can relate to. While Hand Honey composes original music, it also performs cover shows that feature songs from groups like Incubus, Fuel and Nickelback.

"We want our audience to walk away from a Hand Honey show and be totally amazed by the music and the stage shows," Sergeant Hoggarth said. "Every time we play live, it gets better and better. I think our fans know that and respect that, and that's why they keep coming back."

Sergeant Reyes said the band's passion for its music is what draws the audience.

"We play to five people like we are playing to 5,000," he said. "The audience likes to see a band enjoying what they're doing instead of just a band trying to look cool."

The members of Hand Honey agreed that their biggest challenges are organization and time management, but they've managed to find a balance between work and music.

"At times, it gets very time consuming juggling both [band commitments and an Air Force career]. I have a pretty hectic work schedule and there are times when the band is incredibly busy.

"It's not just all about the music anymore...We spend a lot of time outside of practicing and performing making business decisions, promoting the band and seeking new opportunities," Sergeant Hoggarth said.

"Most of the time, being in the band doesn't get in the way of my Air Force job," Sergeant Reyes said. "I'm able to balance the Air Force, home and the band."

Both active-duty band members said they enjoy serving in the Air Force, but they would jump at the chance to win a big record deal, fame and fortune. Other members of the band, Greg Miller (lead singer), Everett Tyndall (bass/vocals) and Chad Porter (guitar) agreed.

In the meantime, the group plans to continue gracing the Panama City area with its musical talents and stage presence. Look for performances by Hand Honey at Tyndall's Heritage Day Celebration Wednesday at Heritage Park.
- 1st Lt Serena Custis


"The Gulf Defender (Tyndall AFB, FL)"

Hand Honey is the name of a local alternative/rock band that has found its popularity on the rise. Staff Sgt. Chris Hoggarth, from the 325th Operationis Support Squadron, is the drummer for the band, and Staff Sgt. Vince Reyes, from the 95th Fighter Squadron, plays guitar.

The band, formed in April 2001, released its first compact disc, "Crazy Palm Mute," May 31, and has had its songs featured on local radio stations. It has performed at numerous clubs in the local area, garnering quite a fan base.

"Words can't express the pride I felt in my band when we packed a small club full of fans and got to showcase all of our original work," Sergeant Hoggarth said about Hand Honey's CD release party. "I had no idea we had so many supporters."

The band members describe their music as very melodic and heavy at times, while the lyrics express something that every person can relate to. While Hand Honey composes original music, it also performs cover shows that feature songs from groups like Incubus, Fuel and Nickelback.

"We want our audience to walk away from a Hand Honey show and be totally amazed by the music and the stage shows," Sergeant Hoggarth said. "Every time we play live, it gets better and better. I think our fans know that and respect that, and that's why they keep coming back."

Sergeant Reyes said the band's passion for its music is what draws the audience.

"We play to five people like we are playing to 5,000," he said. "The audience likes to see a band enjoying what they're doing instead of just a band trying to look cool."

The members of Hand Honey agreed that their biggest challenges are organization and time management, but they've managed to find a balance between work and music.

"At times, it gets very time consuming juggling both [band commitments and an Air Force career]. I have a pretty hectic work schedule and there are times when the band is incredibly busy.

"It's not just all about the music anymore...We spend a lot of time outside of practicing and performing making business decisions, promoting the band and seeking new opportunities," Sergeant Hoggarth said.

"Most of the time, being in the band doesn't get in the way of my Air Force job," Sergeant Reyes said. "I'm able to balance the Air Force, home and the band."

Both active-duty band members said they enjoy serving in the Air Force, but they would jump at the chance to win a big record deal, fame and fortune. Other members of the band, Greg Miller (lead singer), Everett Tyndall (bass/vocals) and Chad Porter (guitar) agreed.

In the meantime, the group plans to continue gracing the Panama City area with its musical talents and stage presence. Look for performances by Hand Honey at Tyndall's Heritage Day Celebration Wednesday at Heritage Park.
- 1st Lt Serena Custis


"The Gull's Cry (Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City Beach, FL)"

With the 2002 Spring Break season approaching rapidly, local bands have sprouted across the panhandle. From bars to hotels, world-famous clubs to side-street pubs, local artists are flooding the Panama City music scene and are guarenteed to make a great impact on this years Spring Break festivities.

High Tide is the newest local band capturing the laid-back, beachy feelings, reflective of our region. High Tide blends a classic rock feel with a Caribbean accent to create an original and electric new sound. With everything from catchy new originals to enhanced old favorites, High Tide offers their audience and enthralling night of music capturing the very essence of beach life. Dressed in no more than local beach clothes (aka shorts and flip flops), members Jeb Smithwick, Shane Smithwick, Jamie Commander and Dave Merrium bring the beach to the stage. "We are just a bunch of "beach boys", stated Shane Smithwick, rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist. After years of living, playing and partying at the beach, High Tide finds no difficulty integrating beach life into their music. With funky originals, novel instrumentals, and inventive renditions to classics, High Tide is a must-see for the 2002 season.

Looking for a rock-til-you-drop, hard-core alternative? Local artists, Hand Honey may have the rocking lyrics for you. This new age band on the local scene has made quite a stir at local clubs including: J Krash's Sports Bar, Foghorn's, Chubby's and Oddballs. Hand Honey has been promoted on local radio stations including 97x. Hand Honey rocked the Gulf Coast Community College Student Union East on Friday the 15th and will be playing this weekend at Chubby's Bar & Grill in the Edgewater Plaza.

Throughout this spring break and summer season, keep your eyes peeled for High Tide and Hand Honey as well as other upcoming local bands on the music scene. - Julie McCutcheon


"The Gull's Cry (Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City Beach, FL)"

With the 2002 Spring Break season approaching rapidly, local bands have sprouted across the panhandle. From bars to hotels, world-famous clubs to side-street pubs, local artists are flooding the Panama City music scene and are guarenteed to make a great impact on this years Spring Break festivities.

High Tide is the newest local band capturing the laid-back, beachy feelings, reflective of our region. High Tide blends a classic rock feel with a Caribbean accent to create an original and electric new sound. With everything from catchy new originals to enhanced old favorites, High Tide offers their audience and enthralling night of music capturing the very essence of beach life. Dressed in no more than local beach clothes (aka shorts and flip flops), members Jeb Smithwick, Shane Smithwick, Jamie Commander and Dave Merrium bring the beach to the stage. "We are just a bunch of "beach boys", stated Shane Smithwick, rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist. After years of living, playing and partying at the beach, High Tide finds no difficulty integrating beach life into their music. With funky originals, novel instrumentals, and inventive renditions to classics, High Tide is a must-see for the 2002 season.

Looking for a rock-til-you-drop, hard-core alternative? Local artists, Hand Honey may have the rocking lyrics for you. This new age band on the local scene has made quite a stir at local clubs including: J Krash's Sports Bar, Foghorn's, Chubby's and Oddballs. Hand Honey has been promoted on local radio stations including 97x. Hand Honey rocked the Gulf Coast Community College Student Union East on Friday the 15th and will be playing this weekend at Chubby's Bar & Grill in the Edgewater Plaza.

Throughout this spring break and summer season, keep your eyes peeled for High Tide and Hand Honey as well as other upcoming local bands on the music scene. - Julie McCutcheon


Discography

Crazy Palm Mute, (c)2003 Land Shark Music

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Bio

Hand Honey is a 5-piece rock outfit hailing from Panama City, Florida. The band has been together since April 2001 and consists of a vocalist: Greg Miller, bass/vocals: Everett Tyndall, guitars: Vince Reyes & Chad Porter, and drums: Chris Hoggarth. Hand Honey's music can be best described as emotionally charged rock and roll influenced by mainstream bands such as Incubus and Audiovent, to post-punk/hardcore bands such as Thursday and Underoath. May 2002, the band released their CD EP 'Crazy Palm Mute', which to this day gets airplay on Panama City's 97X, Tallahassee's X101.5, and numerous college radio stations across the nation. Hand Honey continues to blow away crowds at venues throughout the Tri-state area with their energetic stage-show and honest, powerful music. The band is currently in the studio recording tracks to be included in the upcoming full length album as well as planning a nationwide tour. Stay tuned cos Hand Honey's coming to a town near you!?