U.K. alternative rockers Honey Lung have signed to Big Scary Monsters (American Football, Beach Slang), and they’ve also shared a new track “Be My Friend.” Paste named Honey Lung’s recent EP, Memory, as one of the 20 Best EPs of 2019. The band are also performing at a Paste-sponsored showcase at New Colossus Festival in New York City on March 13, and you can buy tickets here.
“Be My Friend,” which follows their previous single “Nothing,” is the kind of bittersweet lo-fi rock to be cherished—it’s equal parts soul-stirring and charming. “Nothing is the same as when you were my friend,” sings lead vocalist Jamie Batten with passionate oomph in a slightly muddied tone. When paired with gleaming guitars and a perky, bucolic keyboard outro, it feels like a ‘90s cult classic that never was.
“Lyrically ‘Be My Friend’ makes a joke of trying to impress someone you admire,” Batten says. “We wanted it to be an ironic song that pokes fun at awkward social situations and the funny ways we act just to be liked or feel accepted.”
Listen to “Be My Friend,” and watch their Paste session from SXSW 2019 below. Scroll down for their upcoming live dates.
Honey Lung Tour Dates:
11-15 – New York, N.Y. @ New Colossus Festival
19 – London, U.K. @ The Grace
31 – Oxfordshire, U.K. @ Truck Festival