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Rock: Americana Pop: Power Pop Moods: Type: Vocal Moods: Type: Lyrical Country: Alt-Country

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United States - Wisconsin

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Chris Head & the Honchos

When Chris Head & the Honchos began work on Chicken Wire, the follow-up to 2011’s Hard Truths, they sought to maintain the debut’s diversity, but with a more focused attack. Once again working with Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings, the baker’s dozen songs on Chicken Wire promise to do just that. Roots influences remain prominent, with flashes of country traditionalism and solid rock ‘n’ roll grooves blending with buoyant melodies and probing lyrics. In other words, expect more of the “country-rock earworms” (Madison’s Isthmus) that led Hard Truths to receive positive reviews, but imbued with an extra punch honed over months of live performances.

The Honchos formed in 2009, when Rizal Iskandarsjach and Tim Ungrodt began putting flesh on the bones of Chris Head’s original compositions. While each brings something unique to the band, it’s how the three blend that sets the Honchos apart. Riz anchors the band with rhythm work by turns subtle and pounding, based on the needs of the song. Tim channels his love of energetic rock and pop into melodically and harmonically inventive bass lines that propel the songs forward. Chris, a transplant from rural, middle Tennessee, slathers layers of acoustic and electric guitar over songs that tackle a variety of topics, styles, and moods.

The flexibility of the trio format allows the band to adapt their music to the needs of the moment and can downshift into intimate, acoustic settings or accelerate into the high-voltage sunset. Writing about their live shows, the Shepherd-Express noted, “[Chris Head and the Honchos] meld sunny Americana with solid power pop sensibilities, . . . built on hooky songcraft and delivered with professional polish.” Now, having burnished Chicken Wire’s songs in the studio, the Honchos are excited to bring them to rough and tumble life on stage.