It was easy to see that Honeyhoney was excited to play to their biggest crowd ever Friday afternoon at Coachella.
The duo of Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe — joined by a touring bassist and drummer — told the audience that several times, in fact.
“The last time I was at Coachella, I was in the VIP section serving barbeque,” Santo exclaimed with joy.
“The path to this stage is barbeque!” Jaffe joked.
But truthfully, the roots rockers left it all out there, enciting the Mojave tent into a clapping, stomping revival with their powerful anthems tinged by Santo’s violin, banjo and booming voice.
Coming out just after 1:20 p.m, they began with “L.A. River” that Jaffe described as a ballad, but there was a thunderous passion to the tune.
Three songs in, it was the new “Yours to Bear,” which Jaffe began by saying, “There are a lot of other tents you could be in, but thanks for being here.”
The fifth and sixth offerings – “Angel of Death” and “Not For Long” – were probably the highlights, however.
Both featured clap alongs that would be at home in both a honky-tonk and a true rock show.
Honeyhoney has performed at a slew of shows since releasing 2011′s Billy Jack, but this one was special for the band.
“I think this is the first crowd we’ve played where I could possibly crowd surf,” said Santo.
At the end of Honeyhoney’s 10-song set, the enthusiastic mass of bodies was certainly ready to catch her.
Honeyhoney’s new music video for “Angel of Death” will premiere on IFC.com on Wednesday, April 18. The video was directed by Bradley Scott and features cameos from actors and celebrities including Jason Ritter, Joe Rogan, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Martin Starr (Party Down/Knocked Up), Janet Varney (Drillbit Taylor), and Jim Turner (Arliss).