Operation: Moondust is our debut LP, released as a gentler follow-up to our Go! EP released in March. Though the vast majority of this album is acoustic guitar-based, it is neither folk nor adult contemporary in any way, shape, or form. Our roots lie in rock and metal, and we were hoping to bring that kind of edge and energy into a softer sound that might appeal to those unlikely to open their ears those genres.
On the other side of the coin, we were hoping to bring an emphasis on song-structure, melody, and dynamics to an audience that might ordinarily thumb their noses at acoustic-based music. Most tracks on the album have over-driven guitar solos, often in the way of harmonies reminiscent of Scorpions, RATT, or even Metallica-but all in the context of natural melody, emphasizing dynamics rather than speed.
Our range of influences is wide, and we made a concerted effort to inject many of those influences in little places throughout the album-in a way, they're like little "puzzle pieces." If one listens attentively, they'll hear the echoes of arists like Pink Floyd, Bowie, T Rex, Beatles-and even a little Zeepelin-but forged together in a way we think you'll find unique.
Lyrically, much of the content on Operation: Moondust is very deep and thought-provoking. Though the album is short of being a concept album, some of the songs are pieces of epic tales we've written over the years, fairy tales, legends, mythology, and sci-fi, all blended together with bits of our personal biographies.
Though keyboards were used on parts of the album, great effort was made to make our "spacey" sounds with guitars insomuch as possible (remember, we ARE rockers after all), "Sandbox On Mars" and "Where I Belong" are great examples of this (there are no keyboards at all in either song, though your ears may tell you otherwise).
We struggle to find a name for Atomic Honey's sound, so we have borrowed the phrase Love Rock from Andrew Wood, (late singer and songwriter of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone) in order to describe it; and it seems apt in many ways: one may love our music or hate it, but the heart we've put into this record will never be called into question-we sincerely believe that. When we set out to make this record, our ultimate aim was to pour our hearts into it in such an overwhelming way that it would reach the heart of its listeners in a way few other records have ever done. In a word, we want the music to "speak" for us, and hoped that somewhere in the album there would be something to make the listener feel like they knew us-and that we know them-and maybe even wrote a note or two of it just FOR them.
We're very excited to share this work with you and hope it will be a treasured part of your CD collection for many years to come. Those already familiar with our band know well about our fervent desire to connect with our fans, and we mean it quite literally when we say Atomic Honey fans are the greatest fans out there. We've come a long way in a few years-all of us together-and we thank you not just for being along on our journey, but oftentimes for being the journey itself.
We thank you also for giving us the time of day to read this and welcome any comments or feedback you might have for us. Until we meet again...