‘Honey in the Hive’ 10th anniversary show THIS SATURDAY in Philly

We hope you’re planning to join us THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘Honey in the Hive.’

We’ll celebrate the anniversary not with an ACME sheet cake and a hastily purchased Hallmark card, but by performing the album start-to-finish, along with some other choice gems from the catalog. Because that’s better.

Our pals Cliff Hillis (with whom we share a drummer) and Echo Orbiter are also on the bill.

The rock starts at 9:15, and tickets are going fast, so get ‘em here.

In the meantime, in case you missed it, you can download “Barely 5:30,” a lost demo from the ‘Honey’ era for free here, and you can watch us reminisce about the night Scott totaled the van en route to the ‘Honey’ record release show in Sept. 2002 here.

Call the babysitter now – it’s gonna be a rager.

So maybe you want to watch a video of The Bigger Lovers sitting around Bret’s living room talking about the night Scott totaled the van en route to the ‘Honey in the Hive’ record release show?

Honey in the Hive turns 10 today - download it for free

Ten years ago today our second album, “Honey in the Hive” was released.

If you never got around to purchasing it, had it but lost it in a breakup, or had it, sold it to the used CD place and have regretted it ever since, today’s your lucky day.

We’re offering “Honey in the Hive” as a free download this week.

Download it here free of charge until 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Aug. 31.

No salesman will come to your house, no obligation whatsoever. This one’s on the arm, baby.

(You can always pay what you want, if you like. Seriously, though, no pressure).

But, hey, since we’re giving you something for free, how about buying a ticket or three to our Honey in the Hive 10th anniversary show at Johnny Brenda’s, Saturday, September 8?

Again, though, no pressure…

Big love,


Free download of a lost track: “Barely 5:30”

The things you find on the hard drive when you’re trying to find ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a sophomore album…

Prior to entering Miner Street Studio in January 2002 to begin work in earnest on “Honey in the Hive,” we hunkered down in our freezing cold rehearsal space above Green Street For Pets consignment shop on Market Street in Old City/Philly (don’t look for it, it’s not there anymore) to demo a bunch of songs.

One of those songs was “Barely 5:30,” a ragged stab at some sort of Crazy Horse-meets-the dB’s noise and a staple of our live shows around this time.

While we never got around to tracking it at Miner Street, the song has always been one of our favorites. So what better time to share this mid-fi, warts & all version than on the eve of Honey’s 10th anniversary.

Download the demo version of “Barely 5:30” for free here. But before you do that, indulge “Barely 5:30” author Bret Tobias as he reminisces about hangovers:

"I used to be hungover a lot. “Barely 5:30” is about that. Ya know, waking up mid-morning, sunlight glaring through the blinds, and feeling like, ‘Shit, swear I just went to bed an hour ago.’ I occasionally get nostalgic for that stuff, and then I accidentally reacquaint myself with that kind of hangover and realize how incompatible it is with my current life. Not a bad song though."

Yeah, that’s right, we sit down when we rehearse now. Just like Eric Clapton did for his ‘Unplugged’ performance. Got a problem with it?

Yeah, that’s right, we sit down when we rehearse now. Just like Eric Clapton did for his ‘Unplugged’ performance. Got a problem with it?

Remember that time David Fricke gave ‘Honey in the Hive’ 4 stars in Rolling Stone? Our parents sure do…

Remember that time David Fricke gave ‘Honey in the Hive’ 4 stars in Rolling Stone? Our parents sure do…

Bigger Lovers to celebrate 10th anniversary of ‘Honey in the Hive’ at Johnny Brenda’s Sept. 8

The slight return continues…

To mark the 10th anniversary of our sophomore album ‘Honey in the Hive’ (released Aug. 27, 2002 on Yep Roc Records) we will be playing that sucker LIVE, in its entirety – along with some of your other TBL faves – at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia Saturday, September 8.

Our good pal Cliff Hillis will open (along with one more support act TBA). You can get tickets right here, right now.

The geekiest of Lovers geeks probably know that September 8, 2012 marks the 10 year and one day anniversary of the ‘Honey’ record release show at the Khyber in Philly, a memorable night for two reasons in particular:

1. Scott Jefferson totaling the van en route to pick up P.B. for soundcheck, necessitating a fireman’s carry load-in wherein we stopped Olde City traffic as we pulled gear from the wrecked van off a flatbed.

2. Pretty sure we set the booze sales per capita record at the Khyber that night.

(It was also a pretty blazing show).

‘Honey’ was recorded in the winter of 2002 at Miner Street studios (when it was located in Manayunk, Philly) with our longtime pal Brian McTear engineering and Thom Monahan producing. It was our first of two releases for the Yep Roc label, and the first time we hit the road at length, touring the U.S. with bands like Centro-Matic, Bobby Bare Jr., the Waxwings, and Los Straitjackets.

There were nice reviews, a World Café appearance, a local TV appearance, semi-fancy dinners charged to record company expense accounts… we even stayed in hotels with ice machines a couple-few times.

Those were the party days, people.

And we will endeavor to re-live them to the best of our abilities September 8.

Call the babysitter. It’s gonna be a rager.

And keep it locked to thebiggerlovers.com, and our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages in the coming weeks as we take a trip down memory lane with some nostalgia from the ‘Honey’ era.

Big love,


A long overdue dispatch from your friendly neighborhood Bigger Lovers

I know, I know… we’re getting to be like your deadbeat brother. You don’t hear from us for six months, and when you do, we’re always asking you to do some shit. But this is what happens when you’re a semi-functioning rock band whose members are beating that “40 is the new 20!!!” drum with a little too much zeal.

But enough about your hang-ups. Here’s what we’re peddling…

Wesley Stace, nom de rock: John Wesley Harding - ever heard of him? Of course you have. The man has been crafting incredibly tuneful and literate pop songs since you’ve been in short pants. He’s also an award-winning author, for the love of Pete.

Anyways, ‘ol Wes moved here to Philadelphia recently, and we’ve become friends. No joke. Look at that photo. That’s Wes telling Scott about a bunch of things he’s doing wrong on the bass. We’ve been playing together because we have the honor of being his backing band this Saturday at the 4th Annual F.U. Cancer Music Festival in Philly, which benefits Dara’s Defense, an organization providing advocacy, education and support for women and families that are affected by Ovarian Cancer. The show is sold out. But if you were lucky enough to score tickets, you’re in for a great day. Especially if you bring the family because there’s going to be donkey rides and a moon bounce. Good music too. We’ll do a Bigger Lovers set of all the hits at 8:00, then we back Wes at 9:00.

Here’s what else were peddling…

Saturday, September 8, 2012. Save the date. That is when we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our second album, “Honey in the Hive” with a big show at Johnny Brenda’s. We’ll play the album in its entirety, along with some of your other TBL faves. And we’ll have our tight bro from way back, internationally renowned entertainer Dave Hill “hosting” the evening. More details soon. But seriously, save the date.

Do not forget, thebiggerlovers.com is the number one source for all your Bigger Lovers needs, like the "How I Learned to Stop Worrying" 10th anniversary vinyl reissue, the "Little Giant Maxi Single", the "Honey in the Hive" and "This Affair Never Happened… and Here are 11 Songs About It" CDs, and more!

And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and feel free to inquire about our availability for well paid house concerts, holiday parties, and festival gigs.

Big love,


The Bigger Lovers have a holiday gift for you: “For Christ’s Sake”

In anticipation of the 4th Annual Bigger Lovers/Photon Band Holiday Spectacular on Ice, happening this Friday (Dec. 2) at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia (get tickets here),and in the holiday spirit of giving, we’re giving you a free download of our song “For Christ’s Sake.”

You might remember this piss, vinegar, and spiked eggnog fueled ballad from our third album, 2004’s "This Affair Never Happened… and Here are Eleven Songs About It." It’s always been a bit of a square peg in a round hole: a holiday-themed song written in May, recorded on a balmy October afternoon, and released in March.

As for the origins of this tear-in-yer-eggnog slow jam, here’s how the song’s writer Bret Tobias remembers it:

"We were asked to contribute to a Christmas compilation and were riffing off title ideas at rehearsal. Someone came up with "For Christ’s Sake" and we all had a laugh and then quickly moved on to doing "Emmanuelle" for the umpteenth time or something. But the title stuck in my head, and as I started writing it became a little more heartfelt than intended. It was an interesting experiment, even though it’d be served better by someone who can belt soulfully with more aplomb. But I still like it."

We hope you like it too.

Enjoy your free download, here.

And we hope to see you slow dancing to this one Friday night in Philly.

Happy holidays.

Holiday sale at thebiggerlovers.com

There are two types of people in this world. Those who queue up at Best Buy at 2 a.m. on Black Friday to purchase an off-brand document shredder for $15, and those who don’t.

What’s that have to do with the big holiday sales going on right now at thebiggerlovers.com? Absolutely nothing. Just a little social commentary is all.

We are currently offering our debut album “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” and the follow up, “Honey in the Hive,” at deep discounts just in time for your holiday shopping needs.

You can pick up the deluxe, limited edition, 10th anniversary vinyl reissue of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying" for just $10. Or download the album for just $5.

And you can also download "Honey in the Hive" for $5.

While you’re in a holiday shopping mood, tickets for the 4th Annual Bigger Lovers/Photon Band Holiday Spectacular on Ice, December 2 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia make great early gifts. Get ‘em here.