Ryan Kattner, or better known by his performing name Honus Honus, lyricist for Philadelphia experimental rock band Man Man, has released two new singles earlier today. “Raspberry” via Exclaim, and “Santa Monica” via Culture Collide, both come off the upcoming solo LP Use Your Delusion, which comes out this Friday.
“Santa Monica” feat. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is a more moody and transparent track, narrating the listener through a drive around LA while ruminating on dreams lost and failed goals, with a heavy bass tone in the background, and an epic guitar solo that seems like a crashing wave on to the beach shore.
“Raspberry” lives up to its title, providing a sweet and whimsical sound that carries the listener on a melodic and pretty musical journey, with Honus Honus’ powerful lyrics guidingus through the instrumentals.
Honus Honus continues to show that he is a master at his craft of lyric writing, commenting about his newest work “I wanted the vibe of the album to be upbeat and carefree even if the storytelling ran against the grain,” explains Honus Honus. “Like most creative people, I’m forever influenced by where I’m at in my life. There’s an unbalanced energy in the air I wanted to feed off here. I love how you can walk a block off Sunset Avenue at night, in the middle of a teeming city, and run right into a couple of coyotes trolling the neighborhood for tiny cats to eat. Sure, LA is known for attractive, traffic-obsessed people and unattainable lifestyles but there’s also a lotta weirdos, a lotta darkness, and a real rich, disturbing history in the mix. Dreams being made and unmade every day. And all of it under a canopy of perfect weather and towering palm trees that are about to topple from either the drought or the next big earthquake. It’s not a concept album,” he continues. “You don’t need to drink from the LA River to appreciate the content. I mean, you’d probably die if you drank from the LA River. Or become invisible.”
With the new album on the horizon, Honus Honus intends to hit the road for a Use Your Delusion tour, and show his new work live for his adoring fans, starting tonight in Baltimore, MD, at the Ottobar.
Honus Honus official Tour Dates:
11/2 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/3 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
11/5 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
11/6 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
11/7 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/9 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
11/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
11/11 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
11/12 – Montreal, PQ @ Ritz
11/13 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater
11/14 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle