Honey West

Honey West

Thu, January 25, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Cutting Room

New York, NY

$20 - $25

$20 Advanced Sales/ $25 At the Door

$20 Food & Beverage minimum per person

Honey West
Honey West
Featuring Foreigner & King Crimson co-founder Ian McDonald

A British rock giant and an acclaimed and respected member of New York’s acting community walk into a recording studio … and produce one of 2017’s strongest and most compelling albums. This odd couple consists of multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, a founding member of both King Crimson and Foreigner, and his songwriting partner, guitarist and lead vocalist Ted Zurkowski, co-founder of New York’s celebrated Shakespeare ensemble, Frog & Peach, and a long-time member of the world-famous Actors Studio. Together, this unlikely new songwriting team conjured the album Bad Old World under the banner of their sophisticated slam-bam guitar rock quartet, HONEY WEST, rounded out by Ian’s son, Maxwell McDonald, on bass, and Tom Curiano (Garland Jeffreys) on drums.

Goldmine Magazine and WFUV’s Darren DeVivo both placed Bad Old World in their Best of 2017 Top 10, with significant notice from Billboard, Parade Magazine, Huffington Post, Modern Drummer, M Music & Musicians, The Vinyl District, and much more. Bad Old World is filled with memorable melodies and clever and sophisticated lyrics served on a bed of guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll played by top-shelf musicians, including guest drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney & Wings) and Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants) on bass. While it’s a modern sound stamped by Ian McDonald’s world-class musicianship and production, it also bears an instant familiarity, thanks to a sonic blueprint recalling such Brit-rock titans as The Move, Rockpile, Mott the Hoople, and the Kinks.

Representative of the band’s distinct sound is Bad Old World’s current single, the driving title track, as well as “Dementia,” a four-on-the-floor rave-up that melds a driving beat and rampaging guitars with McDonald’s signature baritone sax and Zurkowski’s unique brand of lyrical mischief. With a cheeky nod to McDonald’s British roots, there also is a helping of sly humor that permeates HONEY WEST: Witness the new video containing the hard-charging “Generationless Man,” which pays homage to both the visual style of the Beatles’ influential film A Hard Day’s Night, and the wackiness of fellow countryman Benny Hill.

Asked why it took decades to find himself in a guitar-propelled band, McDonald reckons: “I guess I had never met the right writing partner before. It took a while to meet somebody who wrote great lyrics. There aren’t that many great lyric writers who can sing and play guitar as well. When Ted and I got together, I was really pleased to be able to do that.”

HONEY WEST — named in honor and celebration of the proto-feminist 1960s cult TV spy series starring the ever-alluring Anne Francis — was already up and running when the two came together. For McDonald, discovering the scope and breadth of Zurkowski’s talents was the catalyst for wanting to create a musical partnership. “Ted’s lyrics are very smart,” says McDonald. “I like smart lyrics, I like smart music. The songs revolve around a more-or-less complete lyric. That’s slightly unusual for me, or for the way things are usually done. This has ended up being a really good partnership.”

As for Ted’s transition from Shakespearean actor to rock ’n’ roll front man, he couldn’t be happier. “Now,” he notes, “I don't lose five pounds every show playing Hamlet.”

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Venue Information:
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016
http://thecuttingroomnyc.com/