Back in April, we reintroduced you to the new and improved Honey Creek by way of the band’s “Burnt Bitter” music video, which depicts members of the Milwaukee pop-punk project symbolically doing away with past versions of themselves in order to set the stage for reinvention. Further evidence of that ongoing evolution came earlier this week with the release of a tremendous video for Honey Creek v2.0’s even-more-tremendous song entitled “iQuit.”

Once again, the band donned clean white attire for the latest video, as they congregated in a church for the “ritualistic funeral” of co-vocalist Chris Merisalo’s past self. With the wardrobe established, a theme set, and two sizable steps already taken in an encouraging artistic direction, Honey Creek further showcased its development today with the release of its Self Preservation EP.

The new EP features four songs and comes in at a lean and mean runtime of 11 minutes. The two aforementioned songs kick things off in grand fashion by doling out a deluge of booming bass and percussion, a wall of intricate guitars, and a steady diet of shimmering synth. Both of those tracks, as well as the two that follow, exhibit top-notch vocal interplay between Merisalo and Ellee Grim as the dual singers work together on some captivating hooks. Between the altogether uptempo and summer-suited sound, the outstanding harmonies, and introspective lyrics, Honey Creek’s new era is underway and it’s a resounding success.

Honey Creek will play an EP release show at Cactus Club on Saturday, August 5 as part of a mini-tour that will also feature performances in Minneapolis, Nashville, and Chicago. As you gear up for next weekend’s show (and what’s to come from the band thereafter), listen to Self Preservation wherever you stream and/or buy music.

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