On The Road; Interview with Nic MacDonald of the Honest Heart Collective

 After a successful run of dates through western Canada, the boys in the Honest Heart Collective had every reason to be feeling on top of the world. But on Dec. 6 while on route to another show in London, On., the band hit an icey patch sending their van and trailer into the ditch. Thankfully for the band, the vehicles and gear took the brunt of the damage with the boys walking away with bumps and bruises.

 The Honest Heart Collective started out as brothers, Ryan (vocals/guitar) and Nic MacDonald (bass) , soon turning into a full band releasing the emotive and heart felt Liar’s Club in 2015. Work on the follow up has begun with the accident setting the band back a step. But never ones to take it lying down, the band is back in the ring and ready to fight. I reached out to Nic to get some news on the album and the band’s plans moving forward.

PKA:  First off, how is everyone doing?

Nic: We’re doing pretty well, thanks for asking! It’s been about two weeks since the accident and most of the shock has worn off but unfortunately, a lot of the aches and pains have decided to stick around. Luckily for us, dealing with some minor pains and figuring out how to replace what we’ve lost are our biggest issues right now. It could have been so much worse.

PKA:   How is the GoFundme campaign going?

Nic: The campaign has been amazing! When we decided to put together the GoFundme page we had no idea how people would react, or even if we’d come close to reaching our goal. I’m really happy to say that we’re currently in the home stretch with roughly $1000 left to raise. The outpour of support by our fans, friends, and families has been completely overwhelming and we’re so thankful that they were there for us when we needed them most. It’s because of their generosity that this band gets to continue to do what we love and we’ll never forget that. We are so grateful.

PKA:  How far along are you in the process for the album? 

Nic: This process for this album has been long and difficult to say the least. As a new band, we want to create something that we can be proud of and that music listeners will enjoy. We’ve taken a lot of time with this album and for that I’d like to apologize to anyone who’s been waiting patiently for us to release it. With that said, the record is finished and we’re gearing up for its release. Stay tuned!

PKA: Who are you working with? 

Nic: Part of the reason this release has taken so long was finding the right person for the job. We decided to work with Derek Hoffman at his Toronto based studio, Fox Sounds. Choosing to work with Derek has been the best decision we have ever made. He has an incredible mind for music and really helped us elevate the songs we brought into his studio. 

PKA: I was fortunate to catch the show in Winnipeg opening for Danko Jones, how were those dates?

Nic: The western Canada dates with Danko Jones were phenomenal! For a young band, it doesn’t get much better than opening up for a Canadian rock legend like Danko Jones. The shows were packed, the crowds were loud, and we got to meet a lot of amazing people. All in all, it was an amazing experience with an amazing band and I hope we get the opportunity to do it again someday.

PKA: It seemed like those dates were last minute, was that tough to put together?

Nic: It was completely last minute. The tours original opening band had to cancel due to an emergency so the offer was forwarded to us the day before the first show. It was November 6th around noon and the first date was in Grand Prairie AB. I had just woken up, Ryan (our singer) was in Toronto at the time, and we were in for a 26-hour drive if we wanted to make it on time to play. Long story short, we figured it out, and to answer your question, yes, it was very tough (laughs).

Thanks to Nic for taking the time for me. Check out all the latest news on the band at the following links, and throw a little support their way on their GoFundMe page.

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