“Good lovin’ is something we all look forward to,” says The California Honeydrops’ singer and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynkski of the band’s new single, “In Your Arms.” The tune is, naturally, a reflection of his sentiment; a good time, toe-tapping love song riding on the wings of the Bay Area’s resident R&B machine. The rhythm section behind “In Your Arms” grooves like a synthesizer-less Stevie Wonder or something from the oft-overlooked Stuff catalog, maintaining a bouncing forward momentum for Wierzynkski’s ever soulful vocal delivery. Filled out by another stellar horn arrangement—much like the rest of the Honeydrops’ upcoming album Soft Spot—“In Your Arms” is the perfect snapshot of where old school soul meets new school cool, all in the name of love; something Wierzynkski holds high on his list of priorities. “Sometimes it’s the only thing keeping us alive,” he says.
The Honeydrops have come a long way since Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards, and Beau Beaullieu on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound to support Wierzynski’s vocals.
Today, Under The Radar premiered “In Your Arms” who said, “‘In Your Arms’ is another easygoing feel-good effort from the band, replete with danceable grooves, lovestruck lyrics, and a soaring horn arrangement. With plenty of sunny hooks and soulful harmonies in the mix, the track evokes the heyday of retro-soul, even while retaining a thoroughly fresh vitality.” Fans can listen to “In Your Arms” now at this link, check out previously-released Soft Spot singles “Nothing At All,” “I Miss You Baby Pt. 1,” and “Takin’ My Time” at their respective links, and pre-order or pre-save Soft Spot ahead of its October 7th release right here. Fans can also pre-order Soft Spot on vinyl here or CD here. As a special treat to fans, the Honeydrops also just released a groovy cover of Sam Cooke’s “Good Times,” available here.
Tonight, The California Honeydrops will continue their nationwide Lil Bit Of Lovin’ Tour in Telluride, Colorado; a run of shows that will take the band from sea to shining sea over the course of the next three months. A complete list of tour dates can be found below or at cahoneydrops.com.
Catch The California Honeydrops On Tour:
Sept. 22 - Telluride, CO - Sheridan Opera House - SOLD OUT
Sept. 24 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up - SOLD OUT
Oct. 14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct. 16 - Flagstaff, AZ - Yucca North
Oct. 18 - Durango, CO - Animas City Theatre - SOLD OUT
Oct. 19 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
Oct. 21 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom
Oct. 22 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
Oct. 23 - St. Louis, MO - The Big Top
Oct. 25 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club - SOLD OUT
Oct. 26 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Oct. 27 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Oct. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - HI-FI Annex
Oct. 30 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
Oct. 31 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Brewery
Nov. 2 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Nov. 3 - Portland, ME - Aura
Nov. 5 - New York, NY - Sony Hall
Nov. 6 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
Nov. 8 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Nov. 9 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
Nov. 11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater
Nov. 12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Nov. 13 - Highlands, NC - Highlands Food and Wine Festival 2022
Jan. 15-22, 2023 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Sandy Beaches Cruise 2023
For all tour dates and ticket information, please visit cahoneydrops.com.