On Tour With: Honduras
Born out of a lasting childhood friendship, Honduras has been a staple of the Brooklyn indie scene for some time.
Founded by guitarist-vocalist Patrick Phillips and lead guitarist Tyson Moore, this ’70s punk-inspired four-piece has garnered a reputation as a a live performance powerhouse, earning comparisons to the Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols. Having shared a stage with such notable acts as Blur, Twin Peaks and the Kaiser Chiefs, Honduras has rightfully earned the attention of tastemakers like Rolling Stone, Noisy and The FADER, we picked them as a TIDAL Rising Artist to Watch back in February.
Following the band’s confident debut full-length, Rituals, Honduras recently released the rocking 4-song EP, Gathering Dust, featuring their single killer “Hollywood.”
With Honduras set the perform on the TIDAL Stage at Made In America festival this Labor Day weekend, we had singer Patrick Phillips answer our inaugural On The Road Q&A. Be sure to also watch their new TIDAL video documentary A Day In The Life and their exclusive playlist called Nothing Changes.
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What’s the first concert you ever attended? What do you remember most about it?
When I was 10 my dad took me to see Cypress Hill and Public Enemy at the Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis. Spike Lee’s film He Got Game was out at the time and Public Enemy released the song called “He Got Game” for the film. I was a big fan of that song. We got to the show and I noticed that out of the 15,000 people there my dad and me were about the only white people. It was a unique experience for me, and I was blown away by the energy of that many people responding to the music. I think I also got a little high from second hand smoke. I’ve always been a fan of hip-hop since that night, and try to stay open to all forms of music and experiences in general.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Deerhunter really blew my mind on their Monomania tour in 2013. I saw them at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I’d been a big fan of them for a while but hadn’t been able to see them before. I was completely blown away. Also every Thee Oh Sees show I’ve been to, I’ve left soaked in sweat.
What’s your favorite city or venue to play? Why?
Bowery Ballroom in New York is always very cool. The building itself has a lot of history, it has a great location in the Lower East Side and I’ve always been impressed by how magical things sound.
What’s your best trick for getting the crowd going?
Just bringing energy to every performance, bouncing around the stage and putting on a “rock and roll” show. If you’re giving it your all crowds tend to respond. That and also trying to get the crowd to chant “Paulie!” – the name of our bassist. The first show he played with us that randomly happened and it’s been a nice icebreaker ever since.
What’s the most memorable thing that’s happened to you on the road?
I can’t point to one in particular, but the beauty of touring and being on the road is all the unexpected experiences that become very memorable. We sang karaoke with Joaquin Phoenix one time, played a show during a tornado, had a snake escape from its cage while we were sleeping… You’re able to share these experiences with your band mates and they bring you closer.
What music do you like to listen to on the road. Do you have a music equivalent to comfort food?
Some of the music I always go back to: Richard Hell, Deerhunter, Jay Reatard, Blood Orange, The Clash, Lauryn Hill, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Felt, Beach House, Vince Staples, Wipers, David Bowie, R.E.M., The Seeds.
Do you look up to any performers in particular? If so, why?
John Dwyer [of Thee Oh Sees]. He’s been rocking out for a while, and still at the top of his game.
Run us through your pre-performance ritual.
We usually drink to loosen up a bit and try to listen to music. I like to smoke weed before performing. I use to throw up before basketball games in high school and college. I’ve unfortunately carried that over to performing music. It’s pretty gross but once it’s over you’re ready to go!
What’s your dream venue to play?
We’d just like the opportunity to see as many places as possible and keep playing shows. The venue itself doesn’t really matter, a venue could be anything. Each particular show takes on its own character and is an experience. We hope to bring people together, and put on a good performance every time we play.
You’re set to play the TIDAL Rising stage at this year’s Made In America. What can we expect from your performance? Why should people not miss it?
Our most recent shows have gotten pretty bloody and I hope that carries over into our Made in America performance. MIA is a very diverse festival and we’re thrilled to be a part of it and have the opportunity to do our thing!
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