By Angelina Singer, Rock At Night Boston
Review: Juniper Honey’s single “Stone Me”– Release date April 13, 2023
My first listen of Juniper Honey’s song “Stone Me” was surprising, given its seemingly-aggressive title. Imagine my surprise to be greeted with light, airy guitar articulations, building a bright chord progression with only a subtle tinge of darkness in the lyrics. What sounds like a bright summer track actually would suit a gritty, coming-of-age moment that addresses themes like loneliness and abandonment. The bridge especially is cognizant of something science-fiction with its odd, unnerving sound effects contrasting the brightness of the earlier parts of the song, before returning to the calm again before the ending (almost like something post-hardcore alternative rock band Pierce the Veil might do).
“I almost threw my heart away, but I think I’ll be okay” is the resonating message at the end of the song, a sort of calm acceptance after a riveting sonic journey. While the title still isn’t completely apparent to me after listening, I think it’s an articulate commentary on the self-sabotaging tendencies that happen when love hits like a thunder strike and fizzles out soon after.
Who is Juniper Honey?
Juniper Honey is a growing alt-rock band originally out of Southern California, but now based in San Luis Obispo. Original members Jake Hesse (lead vocals, guitar) and Donovan Hess (drums) began their journey together in 2020, playing various venues from SoCal to the Central Coast with their old band. In the later months of 2022, Jake and Don picked up guitarist Cason LeSueur and bassist Josh West to officially form Juniper Honey. With a few homemade numbers, the group immediately hit the studio and plan on releasing their first studio work throughout 2023.