If Romance Is Dead Then I Wanna Be Dead Too (Big Stir Digital Single No. 75)
Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers
The Big Stir Singles Series returns to Arizona for another single from CAROL PACEY & THE HONEY SHAKERS. The delightfully- and relatably-titled “If Romance Is Dead Than I Wanna Be Dead Too” is the raucous A-side, the second single to be drawn from 2019's acclaimed BLISS album, and it's joined here by a brand-new and stripped down exclusive B-side, “Love Does”, recorded especially for this release by Pacey and Honey Shakers guitarist ANDY BORUNDA. Both sides are out Friday, May 29, and available for pre-order at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles now.
“Romance” is the opening track to Bliss, the Honey Shakers' third album on which they refined and perfected what Phoenix-area music journalist Mitchell Hillman has dubbed their very own genre: “Americana Thrash Pop”. Hillman goes on to say of the tune: “It verges on a Rockabilly punk freak out that will almost certainly have cross genre appeal to the Gothabilly crowd. It's an unusual start to an album called Bliss, but damn does it get the blood pumping, feet stomping and hips shaking. It's a stunning, explosive beginning and really serves to set this album apart from its predecessors. Hot damn.”
The A-side energy of the full Honey Shakers live band – Pacey, Borunda, Dante Fiorenza on bass, and Ben DeLuca on drums – gives way to something different and emblematic of the current state of the world on the B-side. Hillman again explains: “Live from quarantine, the core duo of Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers have recorded a swooning new song full of hope, full of heart, and full of romance. It's one of the easiest-going, soul-pleasing tunes they've ever put down. It's a front porch, sunset, and whiskey kind of love song, that makes your heart soar with both the music and the lyrics. By the end of it you feel like you may be the one so deeply in love. It's got an organic warmth to it and it is indeed what 'Love Does' in musical form. You can hear the magic these two continue to make musically, even when the world is in such a strange state. It's perfect music for where we are right now, love doesn't make things complicated, it makes things quite simple really--elegantly and beautifully simple.”
We at Big Stir Records are delighted to present this pairing, a reminder of what we're missing at the sweaty club gigs and a distillation of what's still possible right now, as the flip sides to each other that they should be.
Expected release: May 29, 2020