The Honey Ants is based around the songwriting partnership of Scott Mathieson and John Grimsey. John performs live, joined by Rebecca Hamer on vocals to create folky pop songs that are heavily influenced by 1960s and 1970s music, such as Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and The Mamas and Papas.
This instant retro folk can be heard on the distinctive new single 'Give Me Arms' - a lush, stripped back track featuring just acoustic guitar and vocals. The single will be released on 28th October 2013 and for those eager to have the single sooner, you can download the A-side for free via the band’s Facebook page:
Having played for other musicians (including bass for Sufjan Stevens and a Glastonbury performance on guitar for Samantha Marais), John formed The Honey Ants band to focus on songs written by Scott and himself. Things got off to a good start with the BBC using a home recording of their song ‘The Trouble With You’ in the TV show 'Off the Hook',Channel 4 using the track ‘Mister Sunlight’ in the series ‘Sirens’ and Tom Robinson spinning their tracks on BBC 6Music.
You can catch The Honey Ants live on the following London based dates…
Oct 17 @ Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton St. Clerkenwell. London, EC1V ODX
Nov 13 @ Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8BZ
Dec 12 – Dead or Alive @ Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
Jan 21 @ Ronnie’s Bar, Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, London, W1D 4HT
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