The Honey Toads have released a bass driven gem called ‘Plastic Smiles.’ I like the bassline, fast vocals and the guitar work. The variation in the song musically is to be commended. A music video that will leave you wondering why the leads singer can’t hold a microphone! Check it out below.
More about The Honey Toads.
Formed by four longtime friends, The Honey Toads have grown together over the years on both personal and musical levels. Meeting in their first year of high school, Nick Cafiero (electric ukulele/vocals), Joe DeMars (bass), Jack Hogan (guitar), and Dominic Bergamini (drums) cut their teeth generating original material and honing their meticulously tight sound to give shape to the band’s current form.
While historically many groups splinter after graduation, big life changes, and personal tragedies, The Honey Toads have remained a constant in each of the members’ lives. The group’s consistency and stability in the face of the ever-changing times can be felt in their intense drive and measured determination to convey their intent to the listener.
Although the idea of nostalgia is a constant theme in their music, the quartet doesn’t live in the past. Instead, each member has channeled their experiences into a melodic complexity and poetic openness that resonates with their local scene of Petaluma, CA and beyond. The fluid nature of each song and the assured delivery of every note and verse speaks to the solidity of four intertwined paths, years in the making.
In their new single, Plastic Smiles, The Honey Toads take a hard look at both their local scene and the greater music industry as a whole. Questioning the band’s place in the vast web of popular music, and to a greater extent the surrounding culture they find themselves in. The track pits personal values against broader acceptance. Written in the shadow of the deaths and declines of many of the band’s musical influences in the past few years, Cafiero’s lyrics seem to challenge the perceived immortality of their heroes while also forging their own path into the future.