Honus Honus might be the hardest working man in rock & roll. After five full-lengths and 10+ years on the road, some of his Man Man bandmates understandably wanted to take a little break and do family stuff. Did Honus (real name Ryan Kattner) take a break? Fuck no. Last year he released his crowd-funded* solo debut Use Your Delusion (I featured the track “Melted Dice” a few weeks back). Soon thereafter he began teasing work on another non-Man Man project, this time it was a second go-around with Mister Heavenly — his “doom wop” indie rock supergroup with Islands frontman Nicholas Thorburn and Joe Plummer of Cold War Kids, Modest Mouse and the Shins.
“Beat Down,” from the forthcoming LP Boxing the Moonlight, is the first new music from the band since 2011’s Out of Love. Check out the song below. It has many of the familiar elements of Mister Heavenly’s preceding work, including their secret weapon: the compelling vocal dynamic in Honus and Thorburn’s shared/dueling singing duties.
Mister Heavenly will tour Boxing the Moonlight this fall around its October 6 street date, and if I’m reading the tea leaves correctly, Man Man juuuuuuust miiiiiiight be gearing up for a return, as well. Honus Honus can’t stop, won’t stop.
* Full disclosure: I co-financed Use Your Delusion to the tune of $40