Washington D.C.-based Honor By August (whose name, by the way, means “means gaining honor by doing something admirable or awe-inspiring”) describe themselves as a modern rock quartet. But their video for “Somebody Real,” the single from Monuments To Progress, has that emotional roller coaster and culled-from-real-life accessibility that is often the calling card of contemporary country music. (Plus, the band has opened for country crossovers Hootie and the Blowfish and Bon Jovi.)
Other songs show off the band’s pop-rock teeth — “Found,” from Honor By August’s ‘09 album of the same name, pairs driving rhythms with peals of melodies.
Honor By August plays The Emerald Lounge on Wednesday, May 1. Tristan (local indie-folk), Jon Davidson (of Crown Point; electronic indie-pop) and Andy Davis (blue-eyed soul) also perform. 8 p.m., $5.