The Honeyrods (found self-titled EP; 1995)
The cover of the EP.
Date found: 28 Apr 2021
Found by: Teddy
The Honeyrods was an obscure alternative rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee that consisted of lead singer Gordon Cabaniss, drummer Michael Dale, Bassist Jeremy Brashears, guitarist Chris Hunter, and guitarist Matt Clemmons. The band was active between 1994 and 1997, and during that time, they built up a small but dedicated fanbase known as "The Rod Squad." The band remains best known for its final release, their major self-titled label debut released by Capricorn Records in 1997, with the band breaking up shortly after its release due to Cabaniss reportedly being dissatisfied with the final product. The band’s music video for Love Bee was rediscovered in May 2017.
Before this, however, The Honeyrods released two EPs on the independent label Del House Records. Their second EP, Cha Cha Cha, released in 1996, while somewhat more difficult to come by than their major label release, can still be found and purchased with enough searching. Their first EP, however, also self-titled, had been lost to the sands of time, with nothing but a page on Discogs about it having survived. According to said page, the track listing was as follows:
|Found (live version)
|Found (re-recorded version)
|Space Invader Pop
Due to the band's overall obscurity, along with this being their first release, no original recordings from the album had resurfaced. The only songs from the album to have reappeared in any form were "Away", which was uploaded to YouTube in a live format from a performance in 1994, and "Love Bee", which was reused for The Honeyrods major label release. This version of "Love Bee" was likely rerecorded, however, due to the better recording equipment and other perks a major label could offer compared to an independent label, as well as the fact that the major label version is nine seconds longer than the independent one. Both songs only existed in these alternate formats, however, leaving the originals still lost.
On April 28th, 2021, Lost Media user Teddy got in contact with a used on Discogs who claimed to own both their self-titled EP and the Cha Cha Cha EP. The user eventually responded and sent teddy MP3s for all the songs on the EP, with Teddy creating a Dropbox featuring both of the EPs. On September 6th, 2021, YouTube user STS-asriel uploaded both EPs to YouTube.