Honey White’s sordid past rears its many-headed beastliness on our MySpace page again this week, this time with a recording of one of our most fun shows: Del Playa on 11/16/02. It was only our 10th show- the 2nd in a trio of good gigs surrounding the release of our debut “My Band Rocks” CD- but by that point we were a well-oiled machine (more than a few of this show’s songs ended up on our first live CD 2 months later). Like all the 2002 shows, this one was made of a mix of Honey White songs, Mojo Wire songs, a few covers (Cracker, Buckley, Cash), and a few instrumental jams while tuning up.

This show is full of Fun Facts. Figured I should make up for the dearth of them in the other posts, so here you go:

1) As Bryn says a few times into the mic, this show set a new Honey White record for broken strings; the moisture in the ocean air snapped 3 of Brian’s and 2 of Bryn’s. We definitely made “Unprofessional” our theme song.
2) We actually attempted to play a fast punky version of Bryn’s “Sandman” ballad.
3) Both Bryn and I shot our mouths off way too much. This recording is worth listening to just for that. It got so bad that even Bill felt compelled to join in. I think we were all finding ways of dealing with the extreme cold, but I for one was characteristically verbose, and miraculously only embarassed myself. Still, we got in shots for South Park, Back to the Future, “ass pants,” and who knows what else. Oh, and there were 3 kegs. Surely that had something to do with it. As usual, Brian proved his genius by keeping quiet.
4) Which reminds me- it was balls-ass freezing, but then what did we expect for a November outside/oceanside D.P. gig? There was condensation on everything and it’s amazing we weren’t electrocuted.
5) I could be wrong, but I think this is when Shaun Snyder began announcing his prescence at shows with a big baritone “Honey WHITE” shout out.
6) Oh, here’s me looking like an idiot again- I was so caught up in the show that I didn’t notice Emily getting hit on by a random drunk guy.
7) Tyler came up all the way from UCSD and all he got was a T-shirt.
8) I was less than 1 month away from quitting my job and becoming uselessly unemployed for 18 months. No wonder I got crazy on the mic.

Alas, there is no photographic proof of any of this, but I swear to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that it’s all true. Plus it’s a classic Honey White show, glistening in pristine 24-bit digital audio. Or something like that. Enjoy.

Oh, and the video this week is from the UCSB show in 2003: us covering Cracker’s “Been Around The World”. It’s all here…

Audio: Honey White on Del Playa, 11/16/02

Video: Honey White- “Been Around The World” live 1/30/03