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Music: Moon Honey talks hometown shows, living in L.A. and its new record

On Saturday night, Moon Honey graced the stage at the Spanish Moon. The venue was filled with people who came out to support the band at their hometown show on this latest tour.

Moon Honey consists of Louisiana natives Jessica Ramsey, Andrew Martin, Logan Baudean and Los Angeles native Anders LaSource, whom the band met when they moved to California. The band is currently on tour while working on their new record.

“We’re pretty much done with it,” said Ramsey, vocalist. “We wrote all the music, and we’ve kind of come out on tour to practice those songs. Then we’re going to be working with a producer for the first time when we get to LA. We’re really looking forward to it.”

The band also said that it’s really refreshing to get to play the new things they’ve been working on and that so far the responses have been positive.

“Playing the new stuff at these shows is really great practice for when we actually go to record,” said LaSource, keyboardist. “We get to try out different ideas every show and decide what we like and what works and doesn’t work. And so far the crowds have been very receptive.”

Martin, guitarist, said that though they’ve had an amazing time at all of the shows on this tour, there is always something special about hometown shows.

“Hometown shows are always so loving, and there’s a much deeper connection,” said Martin. “We put so much time and love into every hometown show. We try to leave them with something they remember for the next year or so until we come back.”

This love is obvious to anyone who can see Moon Honey at the Spanish Moon. Their positive energy and passion for what they do radiate off the stage.

Though Baton Rouge can be a wonderful place, it’s easy to see why Moon Honey would want to take their talents to a city like Los Angeles. The mostly mellow vibes of their music and psychedelic visuals of their live shows have the ability to take their listeners back to the L.A. of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Bands like The Mamas and The Papas and Big Brother and the Holding Company come to mind while watching them perform, but with wonderful twists that are uniquely their own. These influences were especially apparent at the show on Saturday as they paid tribute to the late David Bowie.

The band said that moving to LA was an eye-opening experience, and has inspired different types of creativity.

“I think that separation from everything that you’ve held familiar does inspire new forms of thinking, and new music for sure,” said Ramsey. “The high energy of LA and other musicians that are working so hard and always putting out new stuff have definitely inspired us.”

To get updates on Moon Honey and see photos from this tour, they can be found at moonhoneyband.com, and also on Facebook at facebook.com/moonhoney.

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