This series showcases local and regional musicians in a relaxed and intimate setting. The lobby is transformed into a 70-seat showcase lounge.
“They’re very rare and you’d travel a great distance to find one.”
Susan and Paul on why they’re called “Honest Mechanik”
Susan Cattaneo and Paul Hansen are Honest Mechanik, an indie-pop duo born in the wilds of Medford, MA. Together, Cattaneo and Hansen have created a sound that has a warm folk familiarity at its core with a magnetic gloss of modern pop casually racing across the surface. It’s this combination of modern and vintage that is at the crux of the Honest Mechanik identity. Featuring quirky lyrics and ear-worm melodies, this Super Group side project has the groove of The Velvet Undeground paired with the vocal intimacy of Belle and Sebastian. Their self-titled debut album of 10 original songs feature signature dual lead vocals and close harmonies. Honest Mechanik released their self-titled album in July of 2021 and were nominated for the Folk Act of the Year at this year’s Boston Music Awards.
Paul and Susan are both seasoned musicians with successful solo careers on both the local and national music scene. Paul, the tall one, considers himself “song obsessed” and has been the lead singer and creative force behind the popular band The Grownup Noise, an indie pop group that has garnered rave reviews and whose songs have been featured on popular MTV and Netflix shows. Susan, the other tall one, is a three-time nominee for Americana Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards and has won or been a finalist in all the prestigious songwriting festivals around the country.
One of the “Top 10 Albums of 2021”
“Honest Mechanik delivers stellar vocals, quirky songs on new album”