Honeyblood – Honeyblood

HoneybloodFormed in 2012 and flying the flag for a pop-infected blend of garage rock, Glasgow-based duo Honeyblood comprise Shona McVicar on skins and Stina Tweeddale on 6-string and vocal duties. The pair, who cite such influences as PJ Harvey and The Throwing Muses, have been making waves recently and now return with their debut and eagerly anticipated self-titled album, Honeyblood. It's a nascent rock ‘n’ roll work, lyrically seeping with youthful angst and romantic detachment.

The women first sank their roots into the musical scene with a two-track cassette, Thrift Shop, which was recorded with a single mic in their bathroom. Needless to say, the sound quality wasn’t top notch. However in the wake of the hi-fi passion of their lo-fi recording, along with a clear talent and drive, they’ve quickly established a name for themselves on their local scene through relentless touring and an active online presence. You name the social media platform, they’re probably on it. These seeds promptly gave root to a couple of 7-inches, Bud and Killer Bangs, which saw the ensemble play a series of major UK festivals as well as frequenting a handful of low-key venues both up and down the country and across the Atlantic. All of that, without a single album to their name.

Honeyblood’s debut full-length kicks off with high energy track “Fall Forever”. Filled to the brim with melodic and gutsy hooks, the song boasts a vocal akin to Circa Survive, while retaining the minimalist attitude of fellow duet, The Kills. It’s an unfettered and grass roots number, the mix’s catchy beat beckoning you into their rock ‘n’ roll world. “Killer Bangs”, released as a single just a couple of months prior, alongside “Super Rat” and “Choker”, are all grunge-y, alt-pop works, rich with the underground animosity we’ve come to know and love from the Scots. A chorus of “Scumbag, sleaze, slime ball, grease, you really do disgust me” to the backing of Stina’s slow and sombre strumming should provide a key into Honeyblood’s take on the world of romance.

A band with many arrows in their quiver, we’re treated to a pop-punk, up-beat, roof down summer anthem in the form of “Biro”. Meanwhile “Joey”, which is based around Stina’s exacting riffing reminiscent of The Distillers’ “The Hunger”, is a heavier and discordant piece, with a hidden piano track closing the curtains on the just shy of 40 minute long work. This duo are definitely not a one trick act.

Honeyblood proves a solid effort from the Glaswegian act, negating anything extraneous to preserve that organic force their fans crave. And with so little material under their belt, as well as the last few dates of their tour’s US stretch ahead, before a host of UK dates follow in September, there’s still plenty of time to catch up with the newcomers.

Release: 14th July 2014, FatCat

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