As the saying goes, all things must end. And, in the case of Honey Soundsystem, that end is unfortunately rapidly approaching. The popular queer party crew has announced that it's weekly Sunday night residency at the Holy Cow will come to a close on Oct. 20. This is unfortunate news, as the party was widely considered to be the best in the city, combining tastefully curated decorations, respect for local queer history, and a top notch soundtrack of cutting-edge house and techno into a singular -- and totally unique -- experience.
This comes as a surprise. Though Honey has moved venues in the past, its setup at the Holy Cow, which was the original location of the Stud, seemed like a perfect fit. Luckily, however, the end of the weekly party doesn't necessarily mean the end of Honey. "We've started to feel as though we've done everything we could with the Holy Cow," explains resident DJ and co-founder Jason Kendig, "We want to freshen it up, try something different--try to expand our vision and do things on other nights of the week." A glimpse of that vision was seen last weekend in the form of its involvement in Deviants 2013, the similarly immersive and highly decorated closing party for the Folsom Street Fair. Or in upcoming one-offs at larger venues, like the No Way Back co-promoted Halloween party at F8 featuring the debut S.F. performance of Rødhåd, a highly respected underground techno DJ from Berlin.
Considering Honey's stature, there will of course be a very large farewell. For the next month, the crew will be winding down: this Sunday, you can catch abrasive Chicago-house producer James T Cotton; the following Sunday will be the last residents-focused night; and then, on the aforementioned Oct. 20, the weekly will end with one last bang, as it celebrates the 63rd birthday of '80s "San Francisco sound" hi-nrg pioneer Patrick Cowley with a release party in honor of School Daze, a double LP of unreleased Cowley-scored gay porn soundtracks that Honey is releasing on its HNYTRX record label.
The end might be near, but hope isn't lost. Soothe yourself by reading the crew's official announcement, sent out yesterday via email:
Dear Honey Bee,
It is without regret we inform you that the next 3 Sundays will see the end of our 5 years as a weekly party.
In our 7 year history as a crew we tasked ourselves with reinventing queer nightlife for all our friends, allies and supporters. We have and will continue to bring the highest quality sounds from the underground and create a safe space for people of all walks to mingle, dance and be free.
But in order for us to grow even further, we need to shed our old skin to create a new one. The party itself - whether at the Holy Cow, the Paradise Lounge or those that can recall back to our days at The Transfer or the Mineshaft Basement Parties - has always been a party on the move. We will be going back to our roots, but with a more direct line to the future. This is not a disappearing act, this is taking ownership of the destinies of everyone who has participated, supported and danced at our parties. This farewell is quite temporary, for you will soon be transported back to our dance floor as though it were all a dream...
For the final Honey Soundsystem experience at Holy Cow on October 20th, 2013 we pay tribute to Patrick Cowley's life in our third installment of Megatron Man to celebrate the release of the 2x12" "School Daze"! The release features soundtracks to John Coletti's pornographic films from FOX Studio that were long forgotten but now resurrected for your listening pleasure. Restoring these tapes to our fans marks the full cycle of what Honey has strived to achieve - bringing you timeless sounds from all eras of dance music, grounded in foundations of queer history.
See you on the dancefloor,