With a singer-songwriter background sitting both within a hard rock project (Nobody’s Heroes) and a solo acoustic punk/ska outfit, it’s not hard to notice the varied influences and songwriting skills of North East artist, Jonathan Honour.
Having gained a reputation for outspoken opinions about his frustrations with the consumer-driven elements of modern life, and the effect that these can have both on culture and also on individuals, ‘Experience’ finds Honour meditating on the challenges of living in the early 21st century.
Loud and heavy with a mid 90s Brit rock/grunge crossover sound (almost Manics), Honour deserves credit not just for his guitar style but also in his bravery for being honest about how he sees the world and how these observations affect him.
Perfectly demonstrating the different sides of Honour, ‘Loser’ is followed by ‘You Make Me Better’, a two-minute and entirely acoustic contemplation of how the love we have for other people is often our greatest source of motivation to not give in the worst of society, but instead to stand up for what we believe in.
Falling between well-crafted out-and-out rockers (‘Half a Man’, ‘Everybody in That World’ and ‘Counterfeit Girl’) and slower, still angry, tracks (‘Find Some Empathy’), ‘Experience’ is an album underpinned by a discussion about the frustrations of modern life and how social pressures impact on our sense of worth.
Whether loud or acoustic, the album showcases a singer-songwriter often angry, often frustrated, but always very honest. Honour has done a great job of speaking his truth on a highly-personal record.
You can purchase ‘Experience’ now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Deezer and more.