From the Artist
“People call us a soul band, but we’re more of a rock & roll band,” he points out.
“We feel like what we’re doing is different from the soul bands with horn sections that are out there right now,” Ernst adds. “We always joke that we would do that kind of music, but we’re not good enough: our guitars are too loud, we’re too primitive on our instruments, and Joe is more of a shouter and a talking-blues guy than a smooth soul singer. So we’re carving out our own thing because it’s the only way that we can do it. We can’t play it any cleaner or smoother–and we don’t want to, either.”
“We pride ourselves on keepin’ our own style and staying true to the guys we look up to,” says Lewis. “We play the music that we like listening to. It’s always about the music first.”
On March 15, 2011, Lost Highway Records will release Scandalous, the sophomore album from Austin, TX-based garage soul ensemble Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Having spent the last two years building a considerable reputation with their high-voltage brand of blues, dirty soul, and rock ‘n’ roll, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears take it to another level with Scandalous.
Produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and featuring 11 new songs, Scandalous finds the young band returning with their modern and original take on classic American musical styles. There are still plenty of tight horns and hard-driving rhythms on tracks like “Livin’ In The Jungle,” “Booty City,” and “Black Snake,” but the new album is a decidedly more diverse and contemporary offering than its predecessor. Gospel punk burner “You Been Lyin'” fits squarely alongside the country blues of “Messin'” and the Stax-meets-Stones soul of “Since I Met You Baby.” The raw funk creeper “She’s So Scandalous” stands out as an album highlight.