Dirty Honey releases “Won’t Take Me Alive” video

With lyrics by vocalist Marc LaBelle, Dirty Honey’s new song, “Won’t Take Me Alive,” draws a non-negotiable line in the sand of integrity and self-determination on one side, and potentially dire consequences on the other. Lyrically, inspiration was taken from the bravery and defiance found today in the people of Ukraine, as well as from a conversation LaBelle had with a fellow traveler he met while visiting the Berlin Wall. The gentleman had grown up in Cold War Germany, so he resonated with those forced to live under autocratic rule. Musically, the song is a literal, take-no-prisoners-balls-out-rocker. The music video for “Won’t Take Me Alive,” follows suit.

Written and directed by George Gallardo Kattah, the video centers on Ava, a private school student who is told by Helga, the school’s principal, that she has to conform to the rules, wear the school uniform, no tongue piercing, no listening to rock music. But Ava is defiant; she won’t submit, and instead, she continues to break down the walls of conformity that are important to establishing who she is and will be for the rest of her life. She finds solace in her attic bedroom, where she can listen to and play the music that releases her frustrations. She keeps track on a chalkboard of every day that she’s in school, another day in prison. And she is desperately looking for an exit, any exit, which she finds as the story unfolds. This is “Won’t Take Me Alive.”

“This song made me feel like a teenager, and we had lots of fun channeling our frustrations from back in the day by doing this video,” said Gallardo. “Bringing Ava and Helga to life was quite a process and a highlight of this year so far.”

Dirty Honey’s 2023 North American “Can’t Find The Brakes” headline tour launches on October 18, and the band’s upcoming album, Can’t Find The Brakes, is set for a November 3 release.

Dirty Honey Tour Dates ’23
16 MMRBBQ, Freedom Mortgage Pavilion, Camden, NJ
20 Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MI (support for Guns N’ Roses)

“Can’t Find The Brakes” Headline Tour ’23
With special guest Austin Meade, one of the most exciting and unique artists coming out of the Texas scene confirmed as support, dates for Dirty Honey’s “Can’t Find The Brakes North American Headline Tour” are as follows:

18 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
19 Ace of Spaces, Sacramento, CA
21 The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
22 The Nile Theater, Mesa, AZ
24 The Studio at the Factory, Dallas, TX
25 RISE Rooftop, Houston, TX
27 The Beacham, Orlando, FL
28 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra, FL
29 The RITZ Ybor, Tampa, FL
31 Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA

1 The Underground, Charlotte, NC
3 Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
4 HMAC, Harrisburg, PA
5 Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ
7 Théâtre Beanfield, Montreal, QC CANADA
8 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONT CANADA
10 The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
12 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
13 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
15 Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS
16 Summit, Denver, CO
17 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
19 The Sand Dollar Downtown, Las Vegas, NV
20 The Belasco, Los Angeles, CA
24 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
25 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
26 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
28 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID

1 Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE
2 Uptown Theater, Minneapolis, MN
4 The Rave II, Milwaukee, WI
5 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, IL
7 Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
8 Elevation, Grand Rapids, MI
9 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
11 The Bluestone, Columbus, OH
13 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville, TN
14 Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
15 The Hawthorn, St. Louis, MO

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