The Washington Post called Honor By August one of the most promising new talents on the East coast.
The band won Billboard Magazine’s World Song Contest and won the Sirius / XM contest to open for Bon Jovi.
With airplay and tour dates that have predominately been on the East coast, the Washington D.C. area has been proud to claim HBA as theirs.
The time has come to share.
After spending seven years as an independent band that included three full-length records, HBA believes that with a label and a national tour in place they are prepared to win over new fans what the best effort to date.
“We feel like this is our strongest material we’ve ever recorded,” said lead singer Michael Pearsall. “This is the first time we’ve been able to have all four of us together during the writing process every song the entire time. It’s a true representation of the band.”
It won’t take long to find out if others agree because the new HBA album, Monuments to Progress is out now. The 10-song LP will be available on iTunes and can be ordered on the band’s web site at www.honorbyaugust.com.
“We hope that our music finds a place in people’s lives wherever they may be on the spectrum of life’s highs and lows,” Pearsall said. “If you’re going through a tough time, hopefully one of our songs will help you through it. If you’re having a great time, hopefully one of our songs can enhance that experience. Life is what we make of it so why not try to make the most of it?”
The new record is 125 percent supported by HBA fans, who not only surpassed the goal to make the record but also helped make a music video for the song “Somebody real.”
It was quite a compliment for HBA to have its fans step up and help the band fund the record but the momentum did not stop there.
When another fan of HBA’s music heard them play live he was so impressed that he signed them to a newly created Nobel Steed Music, an independent record label.
“Having a label, even an indy, gives the release a little more prestige on the surface,” Pearsall said. “But what we really benefit from are the relationships that the label has developed and the network of opportunity that otherwise would not exist.”
The first single from the record will be a song titled, “Last Chance,” a catchy, foot stomping tune that could have the right sound to catch the ear of a national audience.
“We feel like this is our chance to breakthrough in the mainstream. I hope people will hear Last Chance on the radio over the next couple of weeks,” Pearsall said. “We’ll have people come up to us and say we loved your albums but your amazing live. I think our fans can feel the energy we have on stage. When we are recording we have been conscious of trying to not do things that we could not create live on stage.”
The band has plenty of material to choose from for their live shows. Songs like Better, Into the Light and Good Enough have become live classics.
HBA hopes that its new material will also be included in the classic category.
Monuments to Progress opens with “Already Yours” what could be a perfect selection to open a live show and the last song on the record; “Believe” still has the distinct HBA sound but at the same time is uniquely different and will leave you wanting more.
“Most of the guys in the band agree that this is our favorite song on the record,” Pearsall said. “The range on that song is dynamic. I think it’s different than anything we’ve every done. It’s a song that everyone contributed to including the lyrics.”
HBA is currently lining up tour dates on the East coast and in the Midwest over next two months to support the record and they hope to take the tour out west in June and July.
The first five records may have been Washington D.C’s little secret but with Monuments to Progress the secret is out.