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The Portland Playlist welcomes Stoneface Honey; a lot of sweet honey in this pot

There were some sweet as honey harmonies in the studio Wednesday night from our guests, Stoneface Honey. Deciding to put her solo career aside, Angie Kopshy sought guidance from Charles Neal at Hip Stew Studios. He introduced her to guitarist Daniel Johnson. She then ran a Craigslist ad and Kate Austin answered. You only need to hear their harmonies to know this was a band in the making. Other members have come and gone but with the addition of Dan’s wife Shirley on drums, and Kate Harris on vocals and soon, bass, they have found the band that fits.

Stoneface Honey, photo by Teri Briggs

Stoneface Honey, photo by Teri Briggs

The first part of the show covered Angie’s music influences which included Abba’s SOS; Chicago’s Saturday in the ParkCloudline by local group, Joseph; and All We Ever Knew by Head and the Heart. Abba is a band that Angie grew up listening to, and it is believed to be the album she was listening to in the picture of her child self featured on Stoneface’s new album, “Long Time Waiting.”

Angie Kopshy, photo by Teri Briggs

Angie Kopshy, photo by Teri Briggs

Her first concert was Chicago and they are a band that left a lasting impression for their size, horn section, and production. She admires Joseph for their amazing harmonies, and Cloudline is one that Stoneface Honey performs. All We Ever Knew is off the album, “Signs of Light,” and is one Kate Austin considers her most influential album, for their emotive lyrics and the emotional journey their music takes you on.

They launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their new album, Long Time Waiting,” released this past November 4th at The Secret Society. It was engineered and produced at Hip Stew Studios and mastered by Dana White at Specialized Mastering. “The album incorporates strong influences from the entire band as Angie embraced a more collaborative approach and stepped out of her secret songwriting closet.”

Dan Johnson & Kate Harris, photo by Teri Briggs

Dan Johnson & Kate Harris, photo by Teri Briggs

We listened to a couple of the recorded tracks from the album, “History,” “Ferris Wheel,” and “Protest” before enjoying their live performance. Starting off with”Beguiled,” this is one they recently released a video of. The song is about forbidden love and is Angie’s “contribution to the gay rights movement.”

Kate Austin, photo by Teri Briggs

Kate Austin, photo by Teri Briggs

Next, they debuted the song “Help Me” which is the first song with contributions from the entire band. Finishing with the album’s title track, this one really showcases Angie and “the Kate’s” beautiful harmonies.

Shirley Johnson, photo by Teri Briggs

Shirley Johnson, photo by Teri Briggs

Stoneface Honey is a band that tackles sensitive world issues within an indie-pop sound. Their lighthearted beat can make you forget for a little while the seriousness of world affairs yet addresses them if you listen close. We are excited to see what they do next and suggest you follow them on their social media sites to find out where their next live performance will be.

You can watch the Facebook Live videos here and here.

Stoneface Honey, photo by Teri Briggs

Stoneface Honey, photo by Teri Briggs

Stoneface Honey, photo by Teri Briggs

Stoneface Honey, photo by Teri Briggs

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Teri Briggs can usually be found pedaling around town, behind the lens of her camera, or at one of the many local music venues in town. She also has a fondness for volunteering for good causes, promoting her favorite bands on her music page, and dressing up in a tutu.
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