1. Senator

From the recording Senator

The haunting "Senator" was inspired by the anguish of violence surrounding the Columbine tragedy and societal attempts to wrongfully blame music as the “silent killer”

From Honey Tongue's  full-length record, "Take Me Anywhere", produced by Brett Eliason (Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Jewel). It features a dozen hard-edged songs from Jen Ayers on vocals, Graham McNeill on guitar, and the driving rhythm section of Sam Larson on bass and Darnton Lewis behind the drums. While Take Me Anywhere has its share of full-tilt punk rockers, they are just as competent when they slow down on the introspective ballads like "Runaway" or the soulful "Like Diamonds," all wrapped up in Jen's sultry vocals and Graham's soaring guitar. Two other cuts grabbed my attention and they seemed to bookend my musical tastes: the pure punk of "Overrated," a sub-3 minute assault (weren't all the great Clash cuts short ones?), or the slow love song "Bye Love."