A band who formed at Trinity Bar in Harrow after meeting at the nearby arts centre are set to release their third single on May 6, days after a headline show at the Camden Assembly.
Post-grunge quartet Honey Lung is fronted by song writer Jamie Batten, 21. We spoke to him to find out more about the band and the new single, Sophomore…
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the sunny town of Harrow, in between Pinner and Rayners lane to be exact!
Was music a big part of your childhood?
Music was a very big part of my childhood, it was my escapism from a somewhat boring life out in the sticks of London.
Where did you go to school – did they encourage music?
I went to Nower Hill High School and they did encourage music! I spent a lot of lunch times in the piano room playing guitar and writing songs.
Did anyone specific in your personal life influence you?
My parents I guess, they are both huge music fans and got me listening to a lot of artists quite young (Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Dylan, Queen, Led Zeppelin). Also my guitar teacher Otis, who taught me everything I know about guitar and music in general.
What other artists influenced your sound?
My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur JR, Built to Spill and Pavement.
Do you write it all yourself/yourselves?
I tend to write the core of the song and we work as a band to complete them.
What inspires you?
Experiences, generally what chemicals are racing through my brain at the time. I love relationships between people and find them the most interesting to write about.
Tell me about the new track
It’s a song that we wrote quite a while ago but only really makes a lot of sense to all of us now. It’s a song about being left behind, about the different speeds people grow at and how coming of age can be a real bitch. But in general it’s a song about needing your friends.
How do you make music – do you have a process?
2:33am: Tea, guitar, drum machine, notepad and looking out the window.
What have been the highlights so far?
Any shows out of town. I love driving with the dudes and Coming back late after a rock show when everyone’s dead tired.
What is planned for 2017?
More music, more shows, touring. Everything we did last year but bigger and better.
Camden Assembly, 49 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN, May 2. Details: honeylung.com