Getting ‘Warm’ with HONNE; Experiencing ‘Real Emotion’ with Paper Route

I never took a pill in Ibiza. I also know, for sure, Avicii doesn’t know who I am and if he did, he wouldn’t think I’m cool. Chances are HONNE, a dynamic duo out of London, wouldn’t either. Self-deprecation aside, few are as cool as Andrew Clutterbuck and James Hatcher. The pair recently released their much-anticipated debut Warm On A Cold Night, and each track is solid, full of feeling, sexy, butter-lyricful, danceable, swaggerful, and likely baby-makeable. Case in point: try not to get caught up in their hit “Someone That Loves You” with Izzy Bizu or “Good Together.” It’s impossible.

Keeping with this theme of being cool and feeling, it should come as little surprise that HONNE means “true feelings” in Japanese. The pair respectively wear ’em on their sleeves. At a recent, ultra-stripped down performance, they played a pair of tunes, and sat down for a chat with A-Sides. Lucky me. I’ve never felt cooler.

Check them out on the road:

10/1/16 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX 10/03/16 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA 10/04/16 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC 10/5/16 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY 10/07/16 – Paradise – Boston, MA 10/10/16 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ 10/11/16 – Soho Music Club – Santa Barbara, CA 10/12/16 – La Jolla, CA – UC San Diego – The Loft 10/14/16 – Fonda Theater – LA 10/15/16 – Treasure Island Festival – San Francisco, CA 10/17/16 – The Crocodile – Seattle 10/18/16 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver 10/19/16 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

Like HONNE, Paper Route will be hitting the road this fall in support of a new killer record. This Friday, Sept. 23, is D-Day for the Nashville alt-rock trio of JT Daly, Chad Howat and Nick Aranda, who will drop their Real Emotion that day. The album, which marks a bit of a detour from their first two albums, is guitar-driven big album that unleashes16-tracks in this EP/singles-driven world. Listen to “Laugh About It” and “Chariots,” by the way, and you’ll get a sense you’re listening to songs that are about to get overplayed – and I mean that in a good way. Speaking of the latter, it’s already getting significant alt-rock radio spins and appears on the FIFA 17 – Official Gameplay Trailer. The band recently performed that song acoustically for A-Sides, and collectively fielded some questions. Watch/read below, and oh….

Check them out on the road:

Thu 10/27 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon

Fri 10/28 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues, Cambridge Room

Sat 10/29 – Houston, TX – Satellite Bar

Sun 10/30 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ

Tue 11/1 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

Thu 11/3 – St Louis, MO – The Firebird

Fri 11/4 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

Sat 11/5 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater, Studio B

Mon 11/7 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot

Wed 11/9 – Washington, DC – DC9

Thu 11/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC

Fri 11/11 – Hamden, CT – Ballroom at the Outer Space

Sat 11/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy

Mon 11/14 – Carrboro, NC – Local 506

Tue 11/15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade, Purgatory

Wed 11/16 – Orlando, FL – BackBooth

Sun 11/20 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In

Real Emotion is an interesting title for your third record. How’d you come up with it, and does that mean your previous two efforts have been Fake Emotion? That’s a terrible joke – please ignore it.
The title “Real Emotion” came from a conversation that JT had with an author friend of ours named David Dark. During that conversation, they talked about, essentially, living with the way things feel in your mind when you have anxiety. You may even know it’s not, but it certainly feels like Real Emotion. And actually, the emotional tones of our previous albums have been all too real!

“Chariots” is really taking off on alt-rock radio. I know artists rarely go in recording a song knowing it’d be a hit but did this track feel special at all while recording it?
The song felt special but it was the last song we thought would ever be on the radio. We tend to think we have an inverse relationship with popular music, so if we all love something we figure there’s no way it will translate to popular radio, so we were all very pleasantly surprised. And we’re rich now. (Pretty sure that’s how it works, right?)

You’ve toured with a lot of notable bands – Paramore, Imagine Dragons – can you share any words of wisdom you received by any of them or anything you saw and learned by example that’s helped you along the way?
This question kind of takes me [Nick] back to the early days of touring, years and years ago, just learning some of the professional aspect of things. Things that translate to more peace and happiness on tour day to day, and it also kind of turns some of us into the “tour dad” who is like, “gotta get on the road – it’s time to go!” Or, “Hold it or use an empty bottle!” Everyone plays that role at some point on a tour.

Nashville is a breeding ground for a lot of musicians. It’s also a go-to spot to inspire existing artists to sort of trigger a new sound. What, to you, makes Nashville so inspiring?
Nashville is a great town for the culture of music and musicians – but we don’t really feel like we perfectly fit into it as much as we’re one of a group of outliers. We try to help push out the borders, because the people who do the session or live/country thing here are so good at it already, but there is a frontier for alternative music in a town like this.

This election year is Gwen Stefani B-A-N-A-N-A-S. If you had to choose one song title or lyric to describe it, what would it be?
“Laugh About It” from the song “Laugh About It” by Kemosabe recording artist and international sensation, Paper Route. Or maybe the chorus hook from Blur’s “Song 2.”

Now for a Barbara Walters question only not really…What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?
Chad – Granola with raisins and unsweetened almond milk
Nick – Cinnamon Life
JT – Raisin Bran Crunch

Can you impart some words of wisdom for my 21-month-old son?
Art is hard. (But we love it.)

Jon Chattman’s music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. (Theme song by Blondfire.) Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Elle King, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.