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Artist Profile: Evan Field, Honor By August

March 22, 2011

Years ago I remember thinking, “gosh, this dude has some serious chops!” when I sat in with young Evan at a house party jam. Evan is now a polished, gifted player, and his rocking band Honor By August are making some serious waves. We are thrilled to have a Wave Cannon among the many sonic tools at Evan’s disposal on his board. When he sent me a pic, he called it his “shiny new weapon of awesome.”

More info after the jump…

We encourage and welcome people to check out Honor By August – great songs, great playing, and a great show. Fellow musicians – pay close attention to how Evan manages to never take anything off the table. He uses sonic textures, playing dynamics, effects, chord voicings, and lead lines to work with the melodies and enhance the performance of the song and group as a whole. If you’re jonesing for him to do some “look at me look at me I practice my scales wheedily wheedily wee!” moments, you might be in for a long night.  But if you want to hear a BAND sound great, and a guitar player doing their part, you’re going to really enjoy what Evan and his mates are up to.

In its young career Honor By August has already played arena stages, had its music broadcast to millions and won the Grand Prize in Billboard’s World Song Contest.

“Now widely considered one of the most promising new talents on the East Coast,” (Washington Post) Honor By August makes music characterized by “distinctive, inviting vocals and anthemic, reverb-drenched guitars” (MetroMusicScene.com) and built on “award-winning songwriting, strong vocals, catchy melodies, and dynamic live performance” (OnTap Magazine).

“With comparisons to U2, Snow Patrol, Kings of Leon, and Bruce Springsteen…their music is inspired by observations on life, loss, love and hope.” (Los Angeles Magazine)

While developing a sound of their own, Honor By August won the Grand Prize in the Billboard World Song Contest, as well as an XM Radio contest to play DC’s largest venue, Verizon Center (20,000).

Their music has been broadcast to millions many times over though popular outlets like ESPN, and they have worked with Grammy-winning producers, mixers, and engineers including Jack Joseph Puig (U2, Snow Patrol, Rolling Stones), Paul David Hager (Goo Goo Dolls), Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Lifehouse, Jason Mraz), Jim Ebert (Butch Walker, Meredith Brooks) and Toby Wright (Third Eye Blind).

Honor By August has played to single crowds as large as 20,000, from arena shows at the Verizon Center, McDonough Arena and Innsbrook Pavilion, to headlining multiple shows at one of the nation’s premier theaters, the 9:30 Club (DC), to performances at notable national venues like the Bowery Ballroom (NYC), The Roxy (LA), the Blender Theater, Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory main stage in NYC, Viper Room (LA), Ram’s Head Live (MD), Middle East main stage (MA), Toad’s Place (VA), Cain’s Ballroom (OK), House of Blues Cleveland (OH) and many, many others across the country.