Honour Crest Feature Interview

Honour Crest wraps up first full US tour, new album drops Dec. 10

By Jen Schwartz

Hailing from Virginia Beach, VA, the electronic infused-metal outfit, Honour Crest, has just wrapped up an extensive US tour and will be releasing their debut album, Spilled Ink, Dec. 10 through Rise Records, calling it a “cinematic” part two of their thundering first effort, Metrics.  Currently taking a month off for a well-deserved break, frontman Luke Borza talks of the bands’ anticipation for the new album as well as the answer to their own question, “alright, what are we gonna do next?”

While Borza believes the story of the band’s origins can be told through their first major single, named after the Harry Potter reference “Horcrux,”(translated to Borza as something you put your heart into) he says “Spilled Ink,” tells the story of where they’re going next.

“Compared to Metrics, I think our new album is heavier but softer at the same time.  I would say ‘cinematic’ is a good key word to describe the overall theme,” says Borza.  “I hate saying this but I feel like it’s more mature… I think we did a really good job at keeping the album diverse; every song has its own personality.”

Comprised of vocalist Borza, guitarist Zach FitzPatrick, drummer Cory Beaver and Chad Orange on guitar, vocals and programming, Honour Crest set out to Chango Studios in Glendale, AZ with producer Cameron Mizell to record the new album.

“Our drummer is one of the best I believe.  Now, when I say that I bet there’s tons of other musicians who are crazy [talented] but his technique and his flow— just super tight,” says Borza. “We actually recorded all the drums in what I think was six hours for the 10 songs, so that automatically put us five days ahead of schedule. Cameron was pumped, we were all pumped.  Everything was really tight and solid.”

During downtime, Mizell gave the guys the opportunity to explore part of the Southwest, where they hiked through Sedona, AZ and even cliff jumped with the owners of Rise Records.

“We finished the album in May.  I’m really excited for it to be out, I’m just getting impatient,” says Borza with a laugh.  “Cameron is an awesome dude.  He really makes you feel like you’re the best and [lets you stay true] to yourself.”

Even with a few stylistic changes in tow, Honour Crest is staying true to their more hope-filled, positive outlook found in their lyrics, setting them apart from most other metal bands.

“As a frontman I never got into the whole ‘in-your-face-F-you’ kind of lyrics.  I never curse in my lyrics, I don’t think it’s appropriate for our style of music,” says Borza.  “It just doesn’t set off that tone that I think we’re looking for.”

For their first full US tour, Honour Crest recently joined The Browning on The HyperNova Tour with This or the Apocalypse, Tear Out the Heart, and Myka, Relocate.

“From a frontman’s point of view, when the tour started, I felt so out of place, because the way I control the crowd and the way I run the shows, it was a totally different experience from what they do.  And it was cool because I actually learned a lot,” says Borza. “I was talking to Ricky from This or the Apocalypse on the last day of tour, and he hugged me and told me he was so proud of me because I’ve grown as a frontman over the past few months.   I even see it and see the response of the crowd… Being in the van for two months with your best friends, you get to know them on a whole other level.  This definitely was a learning and growing experience, for everyone in the band.”

After playing some upcoming local shows, Honour Crest will be releasing a lyric video for the song “Glaciers” off their new album, and will waste little time before getting back to touring in February through March with We Butter the Bread with Butter and Lions Lions. Catch them on the following dates:

Feb. 12th – New York, NY: The Studio at Webster Hall
Feb. 13th- Worcester, MA: The Palladium
Feb. 14th- Montreal, QC: Underworld
Feb. 15th- Toronto, ON: Sneaky Dee’s
Feb. 16th- Detroit, MI: Shelter
Feb. 17th- Cleveland, Ohio: Agora Theatre
Feb. 19th- Chicago, IL: Beat Kitchen
Feb. 20th- Minneapolis, MN: Nether Bar
Feb. 21st- Iowa City, IA: Blue Moose Tap House
Feb. 22nd- St. Louis, MO: Fubar
Feb. 24th- Lawrence, KS: Granada
Feb. 25th- Denver, CO: Marquis Theatre
Feb. 26th- Salt Lake City, UT: In The Venue
Feb. 28th- Seattle, WA: El Corazon Lounge
March 1st- Portland, OR: Branx
March 2nd- Sacramento, CA: Assembly
March 5th- West Hollywood, CA: The Whisky
March 6th- San Diego, CA: Soma Sidestage
March 7th- Anaheim, CA: Chain Reaction
March 8th- Scottsdale, AZ: Pub Rock
March 9th- Albuquerque, NM: Launchpad
March 11th- San Antonio, TX: White Rabbit
March 18th- Orlando, FL: The Backbooth
March 19th- Jacksonville, FL: Jack Rabbits
March 20th- Atlanta, GA: The Masquerade
March 21st- Charlotte, NC: Tremont Music Hall
March 22nd- West Springfield, VA: Empire
March 23rd- West Chester, PA: The Note

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