Atlanta rock band Neighbor Lady has a tip on how to win arguments

The answer is in their newest single, “Oh Honey.”

April 17, 2018

Having grown up in the South, I quickly learned that getting the final word in an argument is as easy as starting a sentence with "Bless your heart." Up there on that level, too, is the fake sweet, condescending address, "honey." As in, "Oh honey, what's all the fuss about?"

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That's the smirk of a lyric that punctuates the end of every verse in Neighbor Lady's "Oh Honey," their latest single from Maybe Later, a forthcoming LP. No doubt the indie-rock band's birthplace, Atlanta, Georgia had a strong hand in coloring the faux sentiments that saturate the track, which The FADER is premiering today, along with the video. It's a bright lil' tune with steel guitar and a light lo-fi coating, but the highlight is the rubber band twang in lead singer Emily Braden's voice, which changes her sharp words into something easier to swallow.

"'Oh Honey' is about a rift between a friend and I," Braden writes of the song via email. "We both had an interest in the same man, which she was very vocal about and I kept to myself. Nothing came of it at the time and she moved away, got a new job and found love. Later, I began dating this man [and] felt so happy and fulfilled. But when I shared this with her it caused a huge argument and we didn’t speak for months. She was such a close friend that this break was so miserable even though we had both found happiness in our distant lives." Listen above.

Atlanta rock band Neighbor Lady has a tip on how to win arguments Ryan Myers
Atlanta rock band Neighbor Lady has a tip on how to win arguments