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Honest Haloway – I Need An Audience

Hey DC, if synth-rock is your jam then then your presence is required at the Black Cat tonight. First up is Mystery Friends, they’re new on the scene but they sound fantastic. They put out an EP a few months ago called This Is Not What I Expected that’s beautiful and sublime. Next is Incredible Change, you know them right? Really tall lead singer whose name is truly Brock Boss. Their new EP with the tongue-twisting title Millennialopolis just dropped last week. And finally you’ve got our old faves Honest Haloway, back after a brief hiatus with a revamped lineup and sound that’s evolved and mature. Earlier this year they recorded new songs live at a farm out in Sperryville VA, and they released the fourth in the series to coincide with tonight’s show. Watch the dream-grooved single “I Need An Audience” below and hi five us at the show tonight!

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Honest Haloway – Escaper

Tim Kratzer’s reborn synthrock band Honest Haloway are taking their impressive live act to the big stage at the 9:30 Club this Friday night July 28th, along with fellow DC group Incredible Change and two bands from Baltimore, Joseph and the Beats and Sweepstakes. They saved the third in their Sperryville Live Sessions videos for this big event, and now they’ve unveiled the cinematic and sweeping “Escaper”, filmed at 3 AM just before a deluge of rain.

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Honest Haloway – Picture Fire

Thursday night DC synthrock band Honest Haloway hits the Velvet Lounge stage again after a significant time away, keeping us missing them. They showed off their new lineup and style in a pair of videos shot by photographer Sara Nabizadeh in Sperryville in April, the first of which we featured last week. Today we’ve got the second video, late night campfire vibes in “Picture Fire”.

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Honest Haloway – Let Her Down

Swear to god, last week I was thinking how sweet it would be to see a new live show by Honest Haloway. The synnthpop band behind our favorite music video of 2013 is a consistent favorite live, but we haven’t seen Tim Kratzer’s band take the stage for a couple of years, since promoting their second EP Perigee back in 2015. Little did we know that Kratzer recently assembled an even larger live band and recorded new songs in picturesque Sperryville VA back in April. The fist one out of the gate is the spaced-out melancholy groover “Let Her Down”, beautifully captured by photographer Sara Nabizadeh. The new tunes get their live debut at the Velvet Lounge next Thursday June 22nd with a top notch lineup including Incredible Change and The Jaguar Club. We will be there, will you?

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Honest Haloway – New Year’s video

Synthpop band Honest Haloway made the Best DC Music Video of 2013, and the release of their new EP Perigee early in 2014 is eagerly anticipated. New songs from the EP are beginning to trickle out, including the appropriately-timed “New Year’s”, from HH’s performance last fall at now-legendary DIY venue Paperhaus. Here’s the video from that performance, shot by Cesar Perdomo and Walker Foley. Mark your calendars for a night of top-notch synthpop at the Black Cat on Thursday January 30th when Honest Haloway and Motion Lines open for NYC’s Spirit Animal.

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Top 5 Videos of 2013 #1: Honest Haloway – Psycho Bitch

Once upon a time, just a couple of years ago really, high school friends Tim Kratzer and Greg Balleza wrote indie rock songs together as The Vita Ruins. After playing together for years and recording an excellent album A Day Without A Name (go download this FOR FREE right now!), they parted amicably and Tim dove into a dance music solo project called Honest Haloway. He produced a 5 song EP The Towns (Another FREE download! It’s your lucky day!) and then put music on hold for a year to focus on his career. When he resurrected the project he added hard-hitting drummer Charlie Karim and bassist Fico Lazzaro-Colon to make a full-fledged live band. Honest Haloway also asked former bandmate Greg’s older brother Nick Balleza to create this video for “Psycho Bitch”, which Hometown Sounds featured back in January. I was completely blown away and have literally spent the last 11 months trying to get as many people as I can to see it. This video embodies DC in subtle and spot-on fashion. I’m sure we’ve all been to dozens of apartment parties just like the one in this video. Oh, there’s that guy who’s in a bunch of bands. Who’s the eyepatch guy dancing like a robot? And the song fits this party vibe perfectly. If you haven’t yet seen this music video, I won’t spoil the end for you, so watch the whole damn thing today. But it’s rather NSFW, so wait until your boss is deep into this afternoon’s lame office white elephant gift exchange.

Oh and guess what else? Today just happens to be Tim Kratzer’s birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY & congratulations from Hometown Sounds!

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Honest Haloway – Laughable (Live at Paperhaus)

While synth-rockers Honest Haloway prep a new EP called Perigee, they recently recorded a live take of a new song Laughable at DC’s strongest house venue Paperhaus. This slick video features HH as a duo of vocalist Tim Kratzer and drummer Charlie Karim, but they’ve recently added bassist Fico Lazzaro-Colon, a vet from DC bands Ms. Director and Cedars. Over this past weekend HH closed out an amazing season of live shows at The Lot at Union Kitchen, so if you missed out, enjoy this video with plenty of shots of Charlie’s well-defined arms.

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Honest Haloway – What I Leave Behind video

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Fête de la Musique, the blowout party taking place this Saturday at Georgetown’s newest hotspot Malmaison, from 2 PM to 3 AM. The Alliance Francaise continues France’s musical tradition on the summer solstice with a huge lineup of 12 great acts throughout the day, all for the low low price of free (before 10:30 PM). Some Hometown Sounds faves are booked for this party, including Arthur Loves Plastic, Flo Anito and Honest Haloway. Here’s a beautiful music video (SFW this time) from the electronic music duo for What I Leave Behind, from their FREE debut EP The Towns.

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Honest Haloway – Psycho Bitch video

DC, I’ve got a killer music video for you today. But it’s crazy (psycho even!), very NSFW and you’re probably at work now, so be cool about it. Keep a spreadsheet open and your fingers above Alt+Tab and check out this new video from Honest Haloway. Singer Tim Kratzer was once in local indie rock band The Vita Ruins, but now he makes spaced out dance music with the help of drummer Charlie Karim. Psycho Bitch comes from their FREE 2011 EP The Towns. This video debuted yesterday on YouTube, but didn’t last long there due to lame content restrictions. LAME! Let’s hope Vimeo is cooler. After a bit of a hiatus, the bands is back recording new material, and your next chance to see them live is Saturday March 9th at Velvet Lounge.

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