Brooklyn-based guy-girl duo Oh Honey, comprised of Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard, are known for their feel-good songs, like their big breakout hit of 2014, “Be Okay.” And while they certainly haven’t crossed over to the dark side, their new EP, “Wish You Were Here” is deeper and more honest than ever before.
#Relationfails make for good songs
This time around, breakups, nostalgia and regret serve as inspiration for some of the songs. “Life is going to be s--- sometimes and our relationships aren’t going to work out,” Collins tells us. “When you’re on the road it can be difficult to maintain relationships and I think a lot of those emotions kind of hit us and played a big part in the EP,” Bouchard says. “But we still try and keep a positive spin on things despite what we have going on in our lives,” she adds, as a classic Oh Honey aside.
Even when you are dating someone in the same city as you, relationships can still be tough. Collins reflects on a failed relationship while telling us about “A Thousand Times”: “It’s about taking the person for granted, thinking they will always be there,” he says. “It’s those thoughts of, maybe if I just did things a little bit differently or paid enough attention things would be different.”
Surviving crazy roommates
Still, life on the road is a walk in the park compared with some of the roommates they’ve experienced in their early days in New York. Bouchard moved to the city when she was 18 to attend Pace University and says some of her dormmates were pretty crazy. “I had one roommate who never left the room. Like, ever. And I had another roommate who stole my clothes and underwear and wore them.” Yes, her underwear.
Collins did the Craigslist roommate thing when he moved to New York. It wasn’t good. He chose a female roommate with the assumption that girls were cleaner than guys, and it turns out he was sorely mistaken. “Her stuff was everywhere,” he says. “She didn’t do the dishes. The bathroom was a disaster zone. I confronted her about it and she just got really mad. That was a bad one for me.”
Of course it’s hard to imagine either of them complaining too much about everything, given how optimistic their outlook on life is about life in general. Looking on the bright side has paid off for them this far, and now that they’re out on the road headlining their first tour, it looks like things are just getting even better.
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If you go:
April 14, 6 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave., 617-779-0140
New York City
April 15, 8 p.m.
The Studio at Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St., 212-353-1600
April 19, 8 p.m.
3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400
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