Universal Honey

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Press Release

It’s Time to Rock Again! Alt-Rock Stalwarts Universal Honey Add an Industrial Edge on Their New Single, Just Like U

The driving, catchy Just Like U is the sound of Universal Honey principals Leslie Stanwyck (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Johnny Sinclair (bass) reaching back into their harder-rocking days with The Pursuit of Happiness and blending that youthful exuberance with the musical and life experiences the two have gained, particularly across these last 18 months. The result: an edgy, industrial vibe blending Sinclair’s pumping bass lines and “of-the-time” lyrics with all the hallmarks of Stanwyck’s sense of melody and multi-layered vocal harmonies.

Leslie: “We are so pumped to have new music out and we can’t wait to play live again!  It’s time!  Just Like U is the perfect introduction for what we’ve got coming up in our full album.”

Johnny: “It was great working with our old friend Dan Marfisi (Poe) and we look forward to carrying on that energy with our upcoming album.”

While re-releasing Universal Honey’s seven-album catalog to digital and streaming platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, reignited interest in the band. Just Like U is the first step toward further updating their sound, with a full-length, original release planned for 2022.

Universal Honey recently signed with K2 Artist Management, and Stanwyck and Sinclair are writing and recording in their Honeytunes home studio and readying their band for 2022 live dates.

Just Like U is available now on iTunes, Amazon Music, and streaming platforms.

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Bio

With seven albums and numerous featured tracks in movies and television under their belt, Universal Honey has been a mainstay in Canada’s music scene.

Platinum recording artists Leslie Stanwyck and Johnny Sinclair have established a songwriter partnership that has ranged across three decades, 100+ tracks, and hundreds of gigs across North America.

Working as independent artists in a true DIY model enabled Sinclair and Stanwyck to realize a musical vision established during their early days in The Pursuit of Happiness (“I’m an Adult Now”/Chrysalis Records). In describing their sound, USA Today music writer Ken Barnes said their Vicious Circles album contained “Straightforward melodic delights that have been in sadly short supply so far this century.”

True in 2004, true today in 2021.

Creatively renewed by the musical challenges created by the pandemic’s arrival, Universal Honey’s “relaunch” began unfolding early last year, with the first digital issuance of their estimable Magic Basement debut. A lush, orchestrated power pop release that reflected all Sinclair/Stanwyck musical influences, with performances by some of Toronto’s finest rock talent, Magic Basement yielded the indie hit “Just Before Mary Goes,” whose popularity resonates even today, thanks to an appearance on the Girls Go Power Pop compilation on Ace Records UK and airplay on the BBC.

A multi-year tour with the Goo Goo Dolls followed, with Universal Honey issuing the rocking Earth Moon Transit record as a perfect soundtrack for playing hundreds of arena & club gigs and putting hundreds of thousands of miles on the road.

With more than 10 singles receiving airplay and numerous song placements appearing in film and TV scores, Universal Honey even won a CASBY award as Best New Group.

In 2003, they recorded and released a Christmas Album with 11 original tunes that still receive holiday airplay in the US, Canada, and Europe. Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector even covered “Best Christmas Ever” for her 2010 holiday record.

 After taking an extended musical and business break to establish a family and relocate themselves from Toronto to Sinclair’s family home in Saskatoon, Universal Honey found themselves creatively recharged in early-2020, taking advantage of unanticipated downtime from other musical projects to start their own production house and record label, Honeytunes.

While celebrating Universal Honey’s past with archival performances streaming on the band’s social media platforms and webpages, Sinclair and Stanwyck are committed to creating new music.  As a result, Universal Honey’s new single “Just Like U” is scheduled to be released October 22nd.  They are also currently in the studio recording a new album which is due to be released in spring 2022.

 

–Tim Boutin, Boston, MA.

Just Like U Lyrics & Liner Notes

Just like U

Wanna lose that old face, find a little faith
So you found your place and quit the race
Now it’s crystal, Now you’re frozen
Standing still, Resist Emotion

You finally got what you though you always wanted
But now you’re now so sure
It’s just like you
It’s just like you

The world’s on a cliff hanging by a thread
Your list of things to do Is still unread
Right now the club is jumping
Right now the bass is thumping
Right now there’s a melody that’s just a memory in your head

You finally go what you thought you always wanted
But now you’re not so sure
It’s just like you
It’s just like you

Sure?

Not so

Liner Notes

Just Like U written by Leslie Stanwyck & Johnny Sinclair
Produced by Universal Honey and Dan Marfisi
Recorded at Honeytunes Studio, Saskatoon, SK
Additional Recording and Mixing by Dan Marfisi at Jones House , Los Angeles CA
Mastered by Trevor Case, Case Mastering, Saskatoon, SK

 Universal Honey

Leslie Stanwyck: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Johnny Sinclair: Bass Guitar
Dan Marfisi: Drums, Programming, Guitar