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Most: NOUN: Slang The greatest, best, or most exciting. Used with the: That party was the most!
|Posted: 26 September 2005 at 9:51pm | IP Logged
If you were to take this definition from the American Heritage Dictionary and exchange “lead singer” with “party,” you’d have a literal and figurative description of Gainesville front man, Charlie Honderick. Having randomly ended up at the Sidebar on a Wednesday night, I was fortunate enough to catch his band, The Most, a recent blip on the Gainesville music radar.
Sporting a red Addidas jumpsuit (a la Ben Stiller in The Royal Tennenbaums), Honderick commanded the audience’s attention with swagger equal to Mick Jagger and David Lee Roth combined. In addition, Honderick's deep, sultry Jim Morrison-esque baritone delivery and clever lyrics proved his worth as a true front man.
Inspiration for his stage presence comes from many classic icons. “Robert Plant,” claims Honderick, “is more into the stage and into his own movements, but someone like Jim Morrison is more into the crowd. Morrison really engages the crowd. If you’re paying attention, he really pulls you in. Mick Jagger is also very energetic and is unique because he has developed signature moves.” Another inspiration is the melodramatic movements and overall flair of Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance). “Every little movement he does means something.”
Honderick is also responsible for the band’s lyrical content. By writing a fictionalized account of his own life, he creates a tongue in cheek portrait of human drama. Inspirado comes when an element of life strikes him as interesting.
The idea behind “Stormy Weather,” in which Honderick laments as a young boy reading a letter from his long estranged father, came after watching the most recent Harry Potter movie. “America Loves an Orphan,” claims Honderick. “I thought it would be neat if there was some special, emotional song about a kid whose parent’s abandoned him. Sad, but everyone loves it.”
“Dear boy, dear boy. The photo is your mother. She was my lover.
And she was my friend. I hope you understand. See I’m not a good
man, but I’m not a bad man, I’m just a man.”
The song’s lyrical content reads as if it came from some introspective Johnny Cash record; however, when delivered by Honderick, it oozes with his signature faux drama and humor.
In “The Friends Song,” Honderick delves into the ever important issue of sexual relations being prevented by previously existing friendships.
“My friendship with all of you precludes my involvement with any
one of you, but if you wanna make love, then I do too, and I’ll be
right there behind you.”
The chorus continues his woe:
“I got some hot friends. God, I got some hot friends.”
The inspiration for this song, again, came directly from life. “One time, I was supposed to go to some music showcase with my guitarist, but we didn’t really have any music b/c we just met. He suggested writing a song on the spot. So, I was living with a friend at the time because she couldn’t pay her rent. She had a huge crush on me, but we were only friends. Yeah, she was hot, but I just didn’t like her like that. We would get drunk and hook up sometimes, but it definitely was not a good idea. Not something you should do. Thus came the song.”
As many have stated before, the scene starts with the bands. And one good way for the bands to step up is by putting on a captivating stage show. The Most has already figured this out. Led by their charismatic front man, the band is definitely entertaining. Be sure to catch them around town soon.
Edited by eatria on 27 September 2005 at 7:06pm
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