I probably wouldn't have made it to the Casbah in time to catch this breathless, feisty set from honeychain without the appropriate push from a fellow taper, but I'm rather glad I did. The LA based 4-piece - who I assume take their name from the Throwing Muses song of the same name - opened up the show for veteran like-minded fellow-Angelinos The Muffs, with a sweeping blast of fresh air (unlike anything that was coming out of any of the air-conditioning units on another steamy night at The Casbah) to blow away all the cares of the work week. 
The band started as a solo project for front-woman Hilary - who was a walking billboard for the other bands, sporting a Touchies T-shirt and a Muffs sticker on her guitar - but has progressed to the stage where we should really be expecting an album with the full band anytime soon. The songs are certainly ready for prime time and if they can put a good tour together on the back of that, they will go down a storm across the country. A salutary lesson in being there on time for the start of a show.
(For proper photos from Paul Silver, see Punktastic,com)