Meet Oh Honey, The Band You Think You've Never Heard (But Probably Have)
Oh Honey is the little band that could. Though the duo, composed of Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins, can still claim indie cred, their songs have been big hits 0n the television scene. For example, their single "Be Okay" was featured on Glee and is now being played during promos for Fox's brand new series Red Band Society, Disney's The Hundred Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren, a Google Android commercial and a Chili's advertisement. All of which is to say, that you can bet they're soon going to make it big. We caught up with the folk-pop twosome before their upcoming Honda Civic Tour alongside Grouplove and Portugal. The Man. Here's an excerpt from our chat:
First off, how did you two meet?
Collins: Actually, the start of this tour is our three-year anniversary.
Bouchard: I went to see a show that my friend was playing, and Mitchy happened to be on the same tour. I didn't know who he was at the time.
Collins: We'd be in and out of social circles and whatnot. Two years later, I was putting a new band together, and I had the idea of a guy-girl duo. My friend sent me a video of Danielle singing, "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt and I was like, "Who's this?" Then we got together, and she was the missing piece.
We have to ask: Is your band name really based on that infamous episode of How I Met Your Mother?
Collins: I'm a big Katy Perry fan.
Bouchard: I recently started watching the show—I'm halfway through the fifth season—but we've been touring, so I haven't been able to finish it yet. It was more about Katy Perry than anything else.
Collins: Initially I had a really big list of horrible band names, and everything kept coming back to "Oh Honey." At the time, there was a burgeoning honey farming movement going on in Brooklyn, where I lived. People were being total hippies.
Bouchard: We do eventually want to get our own honey to sell at our merch table on tour. We already sell stickers with honey pots and bees on them.
Let's talk about the new EP, Sincerely Yours. It's a bit darker than your last one [2013's With Love].
Collins: We really tried to weigh in on the loneliness of touring. There's a common misconception of bands on tour that it's amazing, but at the same time it's super disconnecting, and you feel secluded from your family and friends. You find out who your friends are real quick when you go on tour.
Bouchard: People tend to listen to music when they're going through something, and they like to know that there's someone else out there that has been through what they're going through. There's a comfort in knowing that. We touched on heavier topics, but kept that optimistic twist so people know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
Do you bring things on tour with you to make it feel a little more like home?
Bouchard: He likes to play the claw machine game, and on our first tour he used to play it at every truck stop we would go to and give me all the stuffed animals, so I always had a menagerie of stuffed animals in the van. I only have one now—a giant bee—which is very appropriate. I spoon it at night. There's something comforting in having that with me.
Collins: I keep photos in my backpack, and I'm a big fan of FaceTime to get an instant connection back home.
Check out the duo's recently released EP “Sincerely Yours,” featuring their new single “Don’t You Worry,” at the iTunes Store. Sing along to the catchy song with the lyric video below: