Wednesday 10 August 2022

Honeyrocket - Comforting Violence (2002)


Oh, wow - we had forgotten about Honeyrocket until we pulled out this CD for posting. We had featured singer Thérèse Lanz on an ¡Olé! 7" a few months ago, but forgot about her earlier work with the all-grrl Honeyrocket. We're going to turn to She Rox for the full story:

Honeyrocket began in the early 2000’s, based out of Calgary, Alberta they quickly gained local notoriety for their punky guitar driven brand of grunge rock. Founded by sisters Therese Lanz aka Trezzy-Guitar and vocals, Francesca Lenz aka Franni-Bass, along with Jen Foster-Drums, and Jamie Fooks on vocals. This line-up proved however to be short lived, and guitarist Marlene Lau and new drummer Stefani Makichan would solidify the line-up. Touring throughout Canada with punk legends Fugazi in 2001 opened the band up to larger punk base, although many described the band as Canada’s answer to L7. By 2002, Honeyrocket would release their debut album “Comforting Violence”, with its guitar driven hooks the album received numerous positive reviews and saw their popularity reaching far beyond their local music scene. However not long after its release the band called it quits leaving many of their fans wondering why. Founding members the Lanz sisters would continue on with drummer Stefani Makichan and form the all female trio Kilbourne, a punk influenced sound with hints of pop in it, he band would last until 2009 and eventually add a male guitarist to the line up. By 2010 only frontwoman and guitarist Therese Lanz and drummer Stefani Makichan remained and the duo switched to a heavy doom metal sound and became the duo known as Mares Of Thrace, which proved to be the most successful out of all the incarnations of the genius that is Therese Lanz. Guitarist Marlene Lau would go on to found the co-ed band Kill Matilda and remained that band's guitarist until eventually leaving the band. Honeyrocket however may remain an undiscovered gem by many and for those is becoming a much sought after band that were indeed forerunners in what some have called Canada’s Riot Girl movement.

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