The Honeyrods (partially found EP; 1995)

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The EPs cover.

Status: Partially Found

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 1998, and during that time they built up a small but dedicated fanbase known as "The Rod Squad". The band remains best known for their final release, their self-titled major label debut released by Capricorn Records in 1998, 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, has been lost to the sands of time, with nothing but a page on Discogs about it surviving today. According to said page, the track listing was as follows:

# Song Title Length Status Notes
1 Jellybone 3:01 Lost N/A
2 Away 4:08 Lost (Studio Version) Found (Live Version)
3 Love Bee 3:48 Lost (Original Version) Found (Re-Recorded Version)
4 Wild Bill 3:29 Lost N/A
5 Space Invader Pop 3:58 Lost N/A

Due to the band's overall obscurity, along with this being their first release, no original recordings from the album have resurfaced as of now. The only songs from the album to have reappeared in any form are 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 exist in these alternate formats, however, leaving the originals still lost.

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