Swing band the Hi-Fi Honeydrops doesn't buzz so much as it purrs, giving out with an undulating pure swing sound that's resolutely beholden to oft overlooked forebears as Eddie Lang, the Joe Venuti-Paul Whiteman guitarist who deeply influenced Django Reinhardt.
With three guitars, a bass fiddle and a deliciously spirited, almost acrobatic clarinet, this quintet of twentysomethings have a hauntingly perfected quality to their approach, attitude and style.
While most of their peers tune in hip-hop and techno, these dedicated throwbacks, who appear Monday at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank, are zealously dedicated to re-invigorating the Great American Songbook of the early 20th century, a pursuit they manage with impressive facility.
“I was finishing my master's degree at USC, and here I was with all this music education and nowhere to play,” band leader-guitarist David Elsenbroich said. “And I kept asking and asking and asking the owner at this neighborhood spot [Echo Park's 1642 Beer & Wine] to let us play. Finally, they agreed and gave me a Wednesday night.”