CHRIS HEAD AND THE HONCHOS
ROCK - Folk/Americana
Chris Head and the Honchos brings together three seasoned musicians into a new collaborative relationship, combining elements of rock, traditional country, folk, and powerpop into a potent gumbo of sound. A Tennessee transplant to Milwaukee, Chris writes the songs, sings, and plays acoustic and electric guitar. From an early age Chris absorbed the sounds of country floating on the airwaves and later combined them with the post-punk, roots, and classic rock that he listened to incessantly. Before forming the Honchos, Chris performed as a solo act and, in 2004, self-released Candy Cigarettes, which continues to provide songs for the Honchos’ set-list. His songwriting and performing talents were recognized in 2008 with a First Runner-up prize at the 19th Street Coffeehouse Mid-Winter Talent Competition. On bass and vocals and hailing from Kiel, WI by way of Dallas, TX, Tim Ungrodt keeps things melodically and rhythmically compelling. Taking his cue from the likes of John Entwhistle, Chris Squire, and Tom Petersson, Tim brings fleet-fingered musicianship, invention, and passion to the Honchos' music. Born in Indonesia, Rizal Iskandarsjach moved to Madison as a youngster and found his musical home on the drumkit. Having played previously in rockabilly and singer-songwriter acts, his sensitivity to the needs of the song, regardless of genre, makes him a perfect foil for this band. He also harmonizes on occasion.
November 2011 introduced the release of Hard Truths, which The Americana Gazette praised for its ability to “touch the listener both lyrically and musically” and named as one of the top 5 Wisconsin Americana CD’s for the year. In the summer of 2012, “In the Kitchen” appeared on the compilation Indie MKE and has since garnered steady airplay on WUWM. Hard Truths’ 14 "country-rock earworms" (courtesy of Madison's Isthmus) represent the full breadth of the Honchos' talents as a band, mixing multiple genres, instruments, and production styles.