Surprise, Honeycomb-The Wrens

Eclectic, risen from the grave New Jersey DIY basement rockers The Wrens reissued their almost invisible album Secaucus some years ago to absolute indie acclaim. For fans of messy, esoteric, raw rough gems of songs, Secaucus is not that indie album that can be recommended to anyone. It, however, contains the absolute best, haunting, cryptic, pop-rock song about a serial killer’s spree (akin to Martin Sheen’s in Badlands, but a more urban feel, and not the MTV of Natural Born Killers). I absolutely cannot do this song justice. It is a song that seems to have many different parts, but you cannot separate them in your mind, and when the song is over, it is gone like a puff of smoke, not in a forgettable way, but in an elusive way that you feel you need to recapture. I usually mention lyrics, because some songs I pay attention and some songs I never notice. I feel like “Surprise, Honeycomb” is a sort of tombstone elegy for sociopath.

4 Responses to “Surprise, Honeycomb-The Wrens”

  • I googled “Surprise Honeycomb” because I wanted to know what do people think about this song. great review, thanks! what can I add? two-note guitar part played over the whole song is something so fresh and catchy, that it sticks in your head like…forever. it’s Wrens’ genius to come out with something so simple but which fits the mood so well at the same time. especially outro containing this guitar part is really moving – it’s like a rhytm of escape or something like this
    it’s also great to see it as #3 in the song order on “Secaucus” between 2 other rocking songs. btw there too many great pop gems on this album

    other thing is the part of “Surprise Honeycomb” which starts at 2:41 and lasts for about 12 seconds – this is how to mix Beach Boys’ arrangements with hardcore-punk dynamics and not sound redundant or boring (like most of Californian punk, for instance).

    plus – it is great song to drive car to!

  • This song is one of my all time faves ever. I am so glad you stopped by to comment. I wish there we could stream the song so people could hear it- we’d sell a milliion Wrens albums.

  • The Uncanny Canadian

    Best Wrens song ever. It’s so good, it should be on repeat play any time there is no other song already playing in the background. Hey, we made #15 hit on google for Surprise, Honeycomb. Not too shabby. So sad that there isn’t even a YouTube recording of it performed live.

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