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Nanobot Rock Reviewsby Greg Shaw, January 2015

Their latest release, MAD, is all the glory of jazz at heart but has sass that will make you walk with a little swagger when listening.

Mix edgy jazz with strong bass licks and slick guitar licks while glazing it all in sensational vocals in a sound that is very hard to come by these days.

It is quite difficult to not be entranced in the unreal qualities of Honey & the 45s.

If they continue to produce even a percentage of the sound they achieved with Mad there is nothing that can hold this band back. I can’t think of a better record to kick of the year.


Pop Dose, by Rob Ross January 16, 2015

Mad is a smooth mixture of soulfulness, funky grooves and Americana (quite an achievement) with great production and skill.  This five-piece is steered by the sweet-dripping vocals of Kristina Cottone and the on-the-one harmonies of violinist/saxophonist Kim Kozel.  For a band that’s only been together for a few years, they sound like they’ve been mastering their craft and living their songs for a decade or two.

What makes this e.p. so enjoyable is the quality of the songs and the performances.  All of the tracks have feel and depth and the musicianship is stellar.  This isn’t some by-the-numbers thing; there’s a lot of heart in this band’s music.  Which gives them that certain something – and Honey & The 45’s have it.  So by all means – get Mad.


ConvoZine, on January 12, 2015

Sultry Chicago-blues meets hard-hitting harmonic invasion.

Fusing elements of rock, blues, jazz, funk, Americana and soul with powerful vocals and pocket grooves, Honey & the 45s tosses it up in the air and what lands is an eclectic collection of soulful surprises. 

Dubbed “The band of Chicago” Honey & the 45s pulls from jazz and blues roots but delivers a new rock sound with a retro feel.


Chicago at Night, by Jim Ryan, January 9, 2015

a stellar set of seven songs that seamlessly weaves genres like rock, soul, jazz and blues, ultimately telling the story of a passionate group that wants more than just success


Floorshime Zipper Boots, January 2015

Lead by powerful vocals, with some nice raw backing instrumentals, the band delivers a compelling record that is great from start to finish.


JPS Music Blog, by J Pasinski, on January 20, 2015

The music gets smooth and sultry


Listen Here Reviews by Lauren G. on January 22, 2015

Honey and the 45s are a soulful and funky band who breathe new life into jazz

MAD, the latest release from Honey and the 45s, is a soulful and electric EP that will get heads bobbing and the audience dancing

While the band plays music that was popular decades ago, they have a way of making the genres of jazz, funk, and blues sound fresh and completely new, as if the band is introducing each style to their audience for the first time.

its sultry funkiness draws you in from the beginning, and as we listen to the song we realize how soulful the band is as a group

they have a way of making the genres of jazz, funk, and blues sound fresh and completely new, as if the band is introducing each style to their audience for the first time.

While every cut on Mad has a different side to it, every tune is exceptional.

While Chicago has a strong jazz scene with the likes of songstresses such as Elaine Dame, Honey and the 45s are another solid addition to Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene.

With their smooth and silky vocals, they smooth out the tunes rougher edges to make the track sizzle and sparkle


New City Music, by Robert Rodi, on January 22, 2015

Honey & the 45s’ new EP, “MAD”, features seven songs that all turn standard love-and-longing narratives on their heads.

It’s fresh, and it’s powerful.

The rest of the songs – all written by the band – offer similar surprises, providing unexpected angles on points of view we only expected we knew.

As whip smart as the lyrics are, the music itself is even better.

Honey & the 45s combine the low-fi sonics of eighties punk, the gorgeous rolling cadences of seventies R&B, and the infectious hooks of sixties pop.

Front woman Kristina … Cottone’s voice rides all the varied rhythms with confidence, sass and just the right touch of ironic sexiness. 

With lyrics like that, you know that you’re in fairly literary hands.

Smart girls, it’s clear, just plain do it better.