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Video of the Moment #1509: The Honey Ants

By on Thursday, 1st May 2014 at 6:00 pm

Folk-pop duo The Honey Ants have just announced their second single release ‘Lies (See You Again)’, due out in digital format on the 5th of May. As with their previous single, ‘Give Me Arms’, the emotional expressivity of this song hinges on the flawlessly executed vocal harmonies of John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer, but the pair have added hints of piano and percussion to their instrumental repertoire, as well as layered backing vocals for greater dynamic effect.

Ahead of the single release, The Honey Ants have shared their simple yet effective black and white video for the song. Visual attention is clearly directed to the singers’ faces, just as the musical emphasis is squarely on their voices, and the distinction between the sharp focus on Grimsey and the more diffuse light behind Hamer is a nice analogy to the tonal contrast of their voices.


The Honey Ants are scheduled to perform at Shoreditch Workshop on the 8th of May and at the Camden Rocks festival on the 31st of May.


Live Gig Video: The Honey Ants play ‘See You Again’ at the Slaughtered Lamb in London

By on Friday, 8th November 2013 at 4:00 pm

The Honey Ants – the duo made up of John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer – appeared at the Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell, London, last month. And we’re pleased to bring you this performance of ‘See You Again’ from the show. Filmed in dreamy sepia tones, this one’s a keeper. Watch it below.



Video of the Moment #1360: The Honey Ants

By on Monday, 21st October 2013 at 6:00 pm

The Honey Ants have thrown their hats into the Americana-folk craze with single ‘Give Me Arms,’ due for release on 28 October. ‘Give Me Arms’ is about as basic as folk songs come, with only a twangy acoustic guitar accompanying the duo’s warm, clear vocals. The lyrics to ‘Give Me Arms” are not complex, but deftly-handled dynamic changes and vocal harmonies highlight their earnest emotions. Female singer Rebecca Hamer, in particular, has a beautiful, clear vocal sound throughout the range of the song, making a perfect match for guitarist John Grimsey’s even baritone foundation. Unhindered by the fashionable female vocal style, Hamer’s voice is the clear standout on this trick. Her delivery of the tricky harmonies in the chorus is especially effective.

The video for ‘Give Me Arms’ is as straightforward as the song itself. A direct view of the pair recording in-studio reveals a relaxed, polished approach to music-making that comes as a welcome breath of fresh air among the smoke and mirrors of the latest retro-folk trend. Watch it below.


The Honey Ants will also be playing a handful of shows in London through the beginning of 2014. Upcoming dates are listed below.

Thursday 7th November 2013 – London Kahaila Cafe
Wednesday 13th November 2013 – London Water Rats
Thursday 12th December 2013 – London Underbelly
Tuesday 21st January 2014 – London Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club


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