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“That. Is. A. Great.Goddamn. Rock. And. Roll. Track!”

-- Garner Goin/iHeart Media Denver


“The grooviest funk ‘n roll ever!

If this song doesn’t move you, you’re dead!”

-- Aaron Small, BraveWords

LOS ANGELES, CA – FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2023 – Who’s ready to get DIRTY again?  Following its debut last month, when it provided the score for TNT’s 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs retrospective, today, Dirty Honey announces the release of its brand new single, ‘Won’t Take Me Alive,” a literal, take-no-prisoners-balls-out-rocker, and the first track from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, Can’t Find the Brakes, due out this fall.  You can check out “Won’t Take Me Alive” HERE.

Produced by Nick DiDia (Rage Against the Machine, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) and recorded this past April at his Byron Bay, Australia studio, the song is loaded with Marc LaBelle’s sleazy, passionate vocals and in-your-face attitude, bassist Justin Smolian’s throbbing bass, new drummer Jaydon Bean’s fresh and bad-ass grooves, and, as LaBelle put it about guitarist John Notto, “…the best riff I’d heard in the last decade.  The song is full of sex and swagger, but it’s still the heaviness and the fun that Dirty Honey is all about.”


“’Won’t Take Me Away’ was an instrumental idea I demoed on bass, drums, and guitar at my home studio,” said Notto.  “I bought it to the band, and we wrote a new chorus, and it was basically finished that quickly.  Nick [DiDia] rented some vintage amps and really helped me get the raunchy sound and attitude I wanted for the riff.”


The release of “Won’t Take Me Alive” comes in tandem with the final leg of Dirty Honey’s “California Dreamin’” UK/European headline tour, the band’s third in the past two years, comprised of sold-out, headline shows, and support slots with KISS and Guns N’ Roses.  Dirty Honey will launch the first leg of their 2023-24 world tour in North America this September, supporting Guns N’ Roses, and then play headline dates in October/November/December.


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To say that 2019 was a breakout year for Dirty Honey would be an understatement.  Recorded in Byron Bay, Australia with producer Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine), the band released its self-titled debut EP in March 2019.  The band didn’t waste any time before making music history when it became the only unsigned artist ever to hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart with its debut track "When I'm Gone.”  The band's second single, “Rollin 7s,"went into the Top 5 at Rock Radio (and was still headed up when COVID changed everything), and the music video has racked up more than 5.5-million YouTube plays. Between the Fall of 2018 and early 2020, Dirty Honey opened for The Who, Guns N' Roses, and Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, performed at more than a dozen major summer festivals, including Welcome to Rockville, Louder Than Life, Heavy MTL, Rocklahoma, Sonic Temple and Epicenter, and played to SRO crowds at every show on its first-ever headline tour in December, January and February 2020.   Additionally, Dirty Honey was named Canadian Rock Radio's #1 International Breakout Artist of 2019, the band was nominated as Best New Rock/Alternative Artist for the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, and Rolling Stone wrote about the band as an “Artist You Need To Know.”  On March 5, 2021, Dirty Honey unveiled  “California Dreamin’,” the lead single from its debut album that is set for release April 23, 2021.


Dirty Honey Media Contact:

Heidi Ellen Robinson-Fitzgerald


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