The Verse’s Melanie Valenzia tells us about the warm feelings of a night with Honne.
The East London duo began collaborating when its members Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher met in their first week of university and discovered a share in love for music. Since Honne was born, the pair has been creating romantic synths and electric-soul sound palettes. The word Honne means ‘innermost feelings’ in Japanese, which definitely comes through in their debut album Warm On a Cold Night. A title that fits the sense of storytelling and sentimentality behind the tracks.
The duo performed at The Haunt in Brighton, the ideal intimate venue for a band with such a dedicated fan base. The mood was mellow and laid back at the start of the night, although the venue was filled to its full capacity. Emerging artist Liv Dawson opened the night performing her latest releases, as well as her much-loved single Tapestry. At the tender age of 17, the singer-songwriter was able to captivate the audience with her soulful and dreamy vocals. She is a fresh, new artist whose discovery is more than recommended.
The set list consisted of almost all the tracks off their recent album. Fan favourite upbeat synth opener Treat You Right sent beers all around. The vocals of front man Clutterbuck and the brilliant backing vocalists lifted energies in the room and kept everyone on their feet. The pair took time out to chat with the audience in between songs, giving the night a casual feel. The Night, a personal album favourite, seemed to be popular also among the rest of the crowd. The moody and romantic track was the perfect addition to the autumnal, Sunday night event.
The encore finished on a high with their debut single Warm On a Cold Night, All in the Value and Woman, which Clutterbuck announced was written for his girlfriend. The singer encouraged everyone to grab the person they came with (or whoever was standing next to them) and show each other some love. That moment gave a beautiful ending to a fun evening of singing and dancing.