Four years ago, an unfortunate incident involving a hard drive crash almost ended junior Evan Meindl’s band, Honey.
Meindl and his two bandmates, Joe Praksti and Pat O’Toole, set out to record their first album before Praksti and O’Toole left for college.
“When we had finished tracking it, and it was almost totally complete, the computer crashed. Everything was lost forever,” said Meindl. “They went to school on terms with the fact that we blew our one chance to make our music available to people.”
Although this major setback nearly derailed the band, Meindl and his bandmates decided they needed to take another chance on their music.
“We got back together this summer, and we re-recorded all the songs. We just finished the album over Thanksgiving break,” said Meindl. “It’s basically four years in the making.”
Honey’s first album, “Exorcise,” has six songs. However, the entire album is 42 minutes in length. The album will be available to the public on Jan. 1, 2015.
“We’re proud of it. Some people might roll their eyes at this, but I would call it ‘Art Rock,’” he said. “It is rock music, but it also has so many intricacies in the instrumentation.”
In addition to the upcoming release of their album, the band also has its first gig on Jan. 16 at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, where Meindl currently works as a marketing intern.
“My boss is amazing. I asked her if she would be interested in us performing our first stage show there,” said Meindl. “She’s been very supportive, and I am forever grateful for that. It’s been the best job ever.”
For Meindl, who began drumming when he was only 5 years old, music has always been an important part of his life. The chance to perform at the Grog Shop is helping him fulfill his dreams.
“I’ve seen some of my favorite concerts there,” said Meindl. “So, to be able to get my bandmates from Pittsburgh to come up and perform, it’s like a dream come true.”
In addition to his internship, Meindl explained that the Cleveland community has also been a source of encouragement for Honey, especially after the release of its first single, “Somewhere You Must Be Smiling.”
“I’ve had so many people in the Cleveland area reach out to me about Honey,” said Meindl. “We put up our first single on YouTube, and the traffic was great for it.”
The band’s single sparked a buzz on social media and was shared many times by friends of Meindl and others. Meindl added that the John Carroll community has been extremely supportive of him as well.
“The second the word came out about the show, I had a lot of people ask me to sell them a bunch of tickets to give to their friends,” said Meindl. “It has been overwhelmingly supportive. For just a little local band, it’s amazing to see that so many people support it.”
Even as a native Pittsburgher, Meindl has family and friends traveling to Cleveland for the show.
“A bunch of my friends will still be on break, and they are all driving up for it,” he said. “That is something I never would have expected. People are traveling three hours just to see our band, and it’s crazy.”
Tickets for the Jan. 16 show are $5, with an additional $2 cover charge at the door for those under 21. The band will be performing with another JCU student, senior Andrew Yadon.
“We are all really excited for it,” said Meindl. “We hope to get a lot of people there for the show.”