If you’re looking for music to get lost in, then look no further than War Honey’s Shard To Shatter, an EP that I still struggle to believe is the band’s debut.
Dreamy slowcore indie influenced by Slowdive, Crumb, Cigarettes After Sex, Modest Mouse, and Nick Cave. This EP is ripe with lush atmosphere, driven by the soaring operatic vocals of Gabrielle Dana that incorporate socially conscious and often surrealist lyricism. Ben Fitts’ ethereal guitar work reverberates across a vast sonic landscape, with mesmerizing melodies as well as dark textures. Shard To Shatter is a haunting and majestic journey that leaves you yearning for more from this burgeoning young Brooklyn band.
Dana and Fitts originally met as teenagers at band camp. After several years of being in different bands, playing everything from blues to extreme metal, the two decided to finally work together and formed War Honey in 2019.
Limited to 315 copies on black ice color vinyl with screened b-side, vellum insert, and digital download.
“The Shard To Shatter EP was very much a product of the lockdown in which it was recorded. The songs were all tracked separately at home and greatly affected by the climate of the time. The performances are introverted and tinged with the isolation and anxiety all of us were feeling during the lockdown, which resulted in a darker take on songs we had already been playing. Lyrically, the songs are socially conscious and address matters that have affected both us personally and our loved ones. This includes themes of inequality, the destructive effects of capitalism, and the lingering trauma that comes from domestic abuse and sexual assault. When recording, we looked to purveyors of similarly uneasy music such as Nick Cave, Matana Roberts, and Chelsea Wolfe, as well as to our longtime influences such as Slowdive, Florence + The Machine, Jimi Hendrix, Cigarettes After Sex, Ella Fitzgerald, Modest Mouse, Leonard Cohen, and Crumb. The EP was mixed and mastered by Jalipaz Nelson, who is known for his work with one of our all-time favorite bands, AJJ.”
Shard To Shatter Even Sleep Is Exhausting Psychopathic Performance Art (Intermission) Landmine