Live Review: Dirty Honey / Himalayas Band – Corporation, Sheffield 29.01.2023

Jason Siddall

‘Dirty Honey are up there with the best live bands I have ever seen..and I have seen a lot of bands.’

Sunday Night and a long anticipated trip to the Corp in Sheffield. Dirty Honey have sold out everywhere recently and having listened to their 2021 self titled album release I was keen to see them live.

Supporting tonight were Himalayas hailing from Wales and something of a musical contrast to the headline band. That’s not to say though that the lads didn’t put on a great show. Opening with ‘Leave this Place’ the band had a sound I likened to Queens of the Stone Age. Singer Joe Williams fronted with real confidence and the band impressed the early (but all ready packed out!) Sheffield crowd. I spotted the band after their set at the merch stall, making the effort to engage with the crowd, I was really impressed with my first Himalayas gig. Definitely one to watch.

Check out the bands latest single ‘Into The Trap’ on all popular streaming platforms.

So on to Dirty Honey, consisting of singer Marc LaBelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and new drummer Jaydon Bean. To set the scene the bands 2019 single “When I’m Gone” topped the Billboard Rock Chart, impressively making them the first unsigned act in history to do so

Dirty Honey certainly take that early promise into the live performance arena, bursting onto the stage with ‘Gypsy’, the corp literally erupted. Singer Marc has an incredible voice, and the band are absolutely rock solid stellar musicians. High octane stage energy is in abundance, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face as I realised that we were witnessing a band clearly destined for huge commercial success. 

A set full of tunes from their debut album, with a Led Zeppelin and Prince cover thrown in to mix things up, the end of the set just seemed to come too quickly. Closing with ‘rolling 7’s’ the crowd sang along, looking around there couldn’t have been anyone in the house less impressed than me. 

To sum tonight up, Dirty Honey are up there with the best live bands I have ever seen..and I have seen a lot of bands. 

Go and check out their music, if you can get a chance to see them live this year I urge you to pay the ticket price and make the effort. Fans of hard / melodic rock will not be disappointed.

A new album is promised this year, I will definitely seek it out and you absolutely should too.

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