Rock

Honeysmack

Background

Honeysmack (David Haberfeld) started as an acid house/techno project by David Haberfeld around 1997. David specialized in a completely live set-up of synths, drum machines and samplers, all cable-rigged and devoid of computer tracking and synching. For his 3rd LP as Honeysmack - the aptly titled Rock, because it isn't - David enlisted Philip Brophy as album producer. Philip co-wrote five tracks with David for the record, three of which were singles.

Credits

Composition, arrangement, samplers, drum machines & effects - David Haberfeld
Production, keyboards, co-writing (4 tracks), liner notes & logo - Philip Brophy

2003

Rock CD - Zomba Records

2002

Dance CD single - Zomba Records
Give Me Liberty CD single - Zomba Records

Overview

Original liner notes

Hi, mum

Things are fine here. They’re treating me real well. The injections don’t hurt so much now. The hardest thing at first was I wasn’t allowed to use my stage name DJ Kool Dude. I felt a bit naked, cause you know how much I liked calling myself a DJ. It really made me feel so different from everyone else. I was able to pass the introductory de-programming sessions. They say this is common, cause most DJs are fuck-wits who pretend to be doing something while they have headphones on. And yeah, they’re right. The medication lets me see clearly what a loser I was. How embarrassing! But we all laugh about it now. I’m also glad that they removed me from my job as a website designer too. There are still some kids here who think the Internet is RAD. They let them use it, but the keyboards are placed in the urinals. It’s funny when you take a piss and you’re standing on top of another guy trying to download an MP3. We also had a visit from some guy from radio who has a rap music show. It got nasty and some of the other guys bashed him. He was bleeding so I guess he was “keeping it real” allright. They also gave us some extra medication and sent us out on a test mission. We weren’t sure what to do at first, but when we arrived at a ‘rave club’ it was cool. (I shit you not - the sign outside said ‘RAVE’!) We could just shoot our guns without even having home. I felt a bit sorry for one guy, but then I noticed he was wearing a Lord of the fucking Rings T-shirt, so I finished him off a quick smart.

I better wrap it up now. We have connected all our synths into the phone lines at the electricity plant on the other side of town. You’ve probably seen it on the news by now. I’m in the big room at the back where those pissy tanks can’t get in. Where rocking out big time! We had to off the main technicians here cause they scored badly in our Kiss test. Then they started to smell bad, but we found a chute to dump them in. We have been mainlining the voltage and mixing it with our medication. It’s freaking fantastic!

Fuck - I luv you mum. If I don't see you in court or something, well ... I'll see you in hell.

Technical

Rock was recorded at David's Colour Climax studio over a few months in late 2002. Dave's live rig was augmented by a Nord keyboard. For the tracks co-written by Philip, the ASR sampler was used in conjunction with David's rig. Tony Manz mastered the final CD at Sing Sing studios.