Cincinnati Indie Pop Duo Honey Combs + Combo Slice Release Debut EP, ‘My Makeup Is Too Expensive To Cry’

Sisters Caitlin and Courtney Combs celebrate their new release at Northside Tavern on May 17

click to enlarge Honey Combs + Combo Slice - Photo: Provided
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Honey Combs + Combo Slice

Cincinnati sisters Caitlin and Courtney Combs are releasing their debut EP as Honey Combs + Combo Slice this Friday (May 17). The five-song My Makeup Is Too Expensive To Cry gets the release-party treatment later on Friday at Northside Tavern. The free show begins at 9 p.m. and also features performances by Cincinnati singer/songwriter Freedom Nicole Moore and Columbus, Ohio’s Space Dreams.

The EP showcases Honey Combs + Combo Slice’s endearing, acoustic-based Indie Pop, which is marked by entrancing melodies and some truly amazing vocal harmonies. Fans of artists like Jenny Lewis and Brandi Carlile will likely dig the EP's earthy but transcendent demeanor. There’s an almost haunted quality to some of the songs, but the sisters — who’ve been honing their craft in area clubs for the past several years — also exhibit a sharp sense of humor (as evidenced by the EP’s title).

The story behind the making of My Makeup Is Too Expensive To Cry was no joke, though. In the midst of recording the EP, Caitlin Combs (aka Honey Combs) was involved in a serious car accident in late 2017 that led to a grueling recovery process.

“I had to have four surgeries to put my arm back together and 11 months of (physical therapy),” Combs said in an email. “Getting back to my music and finishing this album was my biggest motivation. I’m so proud of this project and how it turned out. I can’t wait to share it.”

The EP will be available on most major digital platforms on May 17 and hard-copies will be available at the release show that night. Click below to hear it via Spotify.

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