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Honey Revenge, ‘Retrovision’ | The Album Story

Honey Revenge‘s Devin Papadol and Donovan Lloyd information us via the making of their debut album in our newest digital cowl characteristic. From combining emo and punk influences with a shiny pop manufacturing to their self-deprecating strategy to lyrics, that is the within story of ‘Retrovision’.

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It began in a skate store. A viral video of music graduate and devoted scene child Devin Papadol performing within the unlikely venue caught the eye of Georgia-based guitarist Donovan Lloyd who quickly despatched over an audition tape, prepared to maneuver throughout the nation to pursue their ardour.

As different band members got here and went, Devin and Donovan rapidly realised that their shared influences and values can be greater than sufficient to drive them ahead as a duo and thus Honey Revenge was born. On the eve of the discharge of their debut album ‘Retrovision’, they speak us via their improvement as artists and bringing an alternate edge to their relentlessly catchy pop-rock.

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Whereas Devin cites the likes of Paramore as being a key affect, having beforehand been fortunate sufficient to make it on stage with the band for a ‘Distress Enterprise’ singalong, the band’s musical type veers between emo, pop punk and a shinier pop sound, notably on the manufacturing of the moment earworm ’Ordinary’.

“I used to be initially into radio pop music. All of pop radio rock like Katy Perry” she says. “The All-American Rejects had been a kind of bands from the scene that I believed was only a pop band at first as a result of that’s how I found them, via the radio, after I was younger. Demi Lovato, Pink was a extremely large one for me. That’s a rock star, she’s simply on pop radio. We even love Disney rock – ‘Lemonade Mouth’, ‘Hannah Montana’.”

“There’s an age group which are beginning to make their very own music who had been inevitably influenced by that kind of factor. That was rock music to us earlier than we found rock music.”

She cites wider cultural touch-points like film and TV soundtracks as being essential introductions to a wider scope of alt music, from the ‘Jennifer’s Physique’ soundtrack to listening to Taking Again Sunday on ‘Degrassi’ and Plain White T’s on ‘iCarly’.

“These bands made their method into our lives at very early life and I feel that reveals. We actually are attempting to make rock and pop co-exist in our sound.”

Donny in the meantime, who simply turned 21 two days forward of our interview, cites heavier artists as being key to the event of their taking part in type, as is obvious on storming album opener ‘Airhead’.

“Rising up, I used to be simply right into a bunch of metalcore” they clarify. “Yeah I used to be into the scene, hella rock music rising up however my Uncle confirmed me Korn within the truck sooner or later and it was over. So I used to be pondering, I like steel, I like rock, I like pop, how can I make every thing match into one? Then past that, once we get into the verse we get the funk affect in there. Simply drawing from wherever we will consider to create one thing I need to hearken to.”


“We bought very fortunate as a small band” says Devin. “We set to work with individuals who made a variety of data that we love listening to.”

Amongst these was producer Zach Jones who had beforehand labored on a tune with Telltale that Devin was a fan of. The pair had talked about working collectively ever since.

Then there’s KJ Strock, formally of The White Noise, and an previous good friend and mentor of the band, and Kris Crummett who introduced them in to remain at his dwelling studio.

Mike Inexperienced was additionally readily available to work on the only ‘Are You Impressed?’, identified for his work with State Champs and Set It Off to call just a few.

“He actually bought that pop side we had been going for – he’s a king at making pop-rock music” says Devin. “I went to highschool for music in order that they pound into you a sure format so that you make bangers however after some time, it turns into a little bit by-product and missing in creativity. I introduced within the concept for the lyrics and he helped me chop it up and break it round in order that it got here out a little bit completely different which felt cool and contemporary.”

Skyler Acord additionally helped out on a few tracks, a lot to the delight of the band.

“I used to be an enormous Points fan rising up” provides Devin. “They had been massively accountable for lots of the sounds you will hear on ‘Retrovision’. I noticed them most likely 20 occasions rising up.”

Past the report itself, Honey Revenge have additionally develop into a part of a wider neighborhood and scene of bands with related goals and ambitions, touring with Loveless, The Dwelling Group and Arrows In Motion in addition to collaborating with members of Not My Weekend.

“We’ve an excellent, supportive neighborhood…we’ve gotten to look at one another develop. I really feel just like the web has actually accentuated that.”


“I virtually give up music a couple of yr and a half in the past” Devin reveals. “I used to be at my wits finish with issues. We had misplaced so many bandmates and I simply felt like individuals had been coming and going. I began to query if it was me. I feel it was simply the occasions – some individuals had been getting loopy touring alternatives and I knew they usually knew we weren’t in that place but. However I began to marvel, am I simply not price it? Is that this venture by no means going to catch on? Do individuals not give a fuck? Am I the issue? I believed I wasn’t lower out for it for a second. I felt very lonely and remoted and was working a number of retail jobs to attempt to pay for the band earlier than we had been signed.”

Tracks like ‘Airhead, ‘Rerun’ and ‘Combat Or Flight’ are filled with self-deprecation, sometimes wrapped up with some witty asides however largely centered on the concept of recognising your individual flaws and rising from them.

“I’m making an attempt to only be a superb individual and I feel everybody struggles with that battle” Devin continues. “That bleeds via lots within the lyrics – ‘with the perfect intentions, I can’t make it proper’ – I’m making an attempt, nevertheless it doesn’t at all times come throughout that method.”

Nonetheless, that distinction of adverse subject material set to a catchy melody is on the foundation of all nice emo music, each previous and current.

Fall Out Boy man, they’re one of many kings of that” Devin agrees. “Tremendous self-deprecating shit however put to one thing that makes you wanna shake your ass. That’s what we are attempting to do. We would like individuals to bop however we additionally need individuals to cry. We would like the entire spectrum.”


“I at all times knew it was gonna be somebody wanting over a lava lamp prefer it was a mystic ball. I had the plans for it for years.”

Devin enlisted the assistance of her oldest good friend Areli (aka KiNG MALA) to look on the quilt itself, having the right physique artwork to suit the theming of the report.

“She has beautiful hand tattoos and I at all times knew I wished it to be her arms. She has a coronary heart (tattoo) – an anatomical coronary heart with tree branches via it – and I simply assume it’s very development impressed. It simply all ties in so nicely. I’m so proud of it. It provides that retro vibe however it’s so punk nonetheless.”


“It was initially referred to as retrospect…It wasn’t at all times Retrovision nevertheless it was at all times Retro-something. We even had a few songs that didn’t make the report referred to as ‘Cassette’ and ‘Barbie’.”

The precise idea of a retro report was a part of the unique intention, bearing on completely different a long time and soundscapes via the album. However as work progressed, the time period took on an entire new that means inline with the its emotional context.

“I’m additionally very self conscious and I feel that’s an enormous a part of ‘Retrovision’” says Devin. “Your evaluation and look at of life isn’t just by hook or by crook. It’s simply how you might be viewing your expertise – it might be half empty or half full. My method I strategy issues can shift in a second.”


Dwell reveals type the principle agenda for the remainder of 2023, however as Donny explains, they view these gigs as virtually a separate entity from the album reasonably than an extension of it.

“We aren’t a ‘play it just like the report’ band. If you happen to come to our present, there’s not a single tune that sounds precisely just like the report and that’s on goal. However particularly with the brand new stuff that’s on the report however individuals haven’t heard but, it’s watching individuals get progressively extra into it because the tune retains going. Or individuals who don’t know us, beginning out with their arms folded to being within the conga line midway via, that’s so fucking cool.”

Their big selection of musical types ought to enable them to play in entrance of a wide range of completely different crowds, profitable over heavier music followers who might not usually hearken to one thing this poppy.

“I feel we come on wanting like a few gumdrops and folks don’t know what to anticipate” concludes Devin. “It’s sugar-coated unhappy music. Or perhaps honey-coated is one of the best ways to say it.”

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