Honeymoon Suite asks fans to fund new EP

Pop Goes The News — One of the most successful Canadians bands of the ‘80s is asking fans to help pay for the making of a new album.

Honeymoon Suite, famous for hits like “New Girl Now” and “Feel It Again,” recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund its first new collection of music in eight years.

“We couldn’t do this without you,” reads a message on the website aimed at “all our loyal fans who have stuck with us over the years.”

The still-untitled EP, scheduled for release this summer, will have seven new songs and two bonus live tracks.

It’s not clear how much Honeymoon Suite is hoping to raise but with 47 days remaining in the campaign, it has reached 55 per cent of its goal.

In a video message, guitarist Derry Grehan explains the money will be used for recording and mixing the EP, marketing and promotion costs, and tour support. (An unspecified portion of the funds raised will be donated to charity.)

Fans can choose from 13 packages ranging from $10 for a digital download of the EP to $3,870 for a guitar signed by Grehan and bandmates Johnnie Dee, Gary Lalonde, Dave Betts and Peter Nunn.

Not everyone is on board. “We work for our cash, maybe you should too,” commented Monica Mailman on the Honeymoon Suite Facebook page.

Honeymoon Suite’s self-titled 1984 debut album was certified platinum in Canada and spawned four gold singles. Sophomore album The Big Prize had four more hits.

Five more studio albums as well as a pair of live albums followed.

The singles “New Girl Now” and “Feel It Again” charted in the U.S. and Honeymoon Suite’s music was heard in the soundtrack of the 1986 film One Crazy Summer and in the last episode of TV’s Miami Vice in 1989.

Honeymoon Suite, which won the Juno Award for Group of the Year in 1986, also recorded the title track for the 1987 hit film Lethal Weapon.

This summer, the band is scheduled to perform in several Canadian cities and at Canada Fest in Atlanta, Georgia. The gigs include a charity show at a bowling alley in Mississauga, Ont. and a festival in Wabamun, a village about 70 km west of Edmonton.