Dirty Honey Rocks The El Rey

Rock & roll is far from dead, and Dirty Honey is living proof. The LA band that became the first unsigned band to ever top the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart with their hit ‘When I’m Gone’, ended their Rolling 7s tour with a sold-out hometown show at the El Rey. When I chatted with a fan in the crowd, he proclaimed that the Dirty Honey was the first band that he’s liked in the past 20 years. And he’s not alone in that praise. Rock legends like Guns N’ Roses and The Who have tapped the band to open for them. 

Dirty Honey’s soulful, sexy sound taps into the nostalgia for 70s/80s rock & roll, complete with powerful riffs and addictive melodies. Marc Labelle’s vocals, with the instrumentals of guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone, combine for a raw, high energy performance. Playing a mix of crowd favorites from their self-titled EP, Dirty Honey opened with ‘Scars’, continuing seamlessly into ‘Break You’ and then into ‘Fire Away’, a single from 2018. The band then teased an unreleased song, ‘The Wire’ before going into ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Down the Road’.

Later in the set, the band played tribute to one of Labelle’s major inspirations, playing ‘Last Child’ by Aerosmith, a cover that has already garnered them attention from rock fans. After playing their chart-topping hit ‘When I’m Gone’, Labelle and guitarist John Notto joined for a cover of the Zeppelin classic ‘Whole Lotta Love’. With no shortage of energy, Labelle scaled the stage truss, delivering the final notes before transitioning easily into the final song: ‘Rolling 7s’. With new songs and more shows on the horizon, Dirty Honey is just getting started, and we’re here for it.