The Scottish-based two-piece released their eponymous, debut LP, July 14 on FatCat Records.
Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis’ Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in just ten days last November, ‘Honeyblood’ is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. “Peter was the perfect match for us,” Stina said of the recording. “He perfectly managed to capture our live performance in the studio. These songs represent good times for us.”
Despite their minimal setup, Honeyblood’s songs are fully formed and perfectly assured. With nothing extraneous, their music is driven through tightly-bound instrumentals and laced with the sheer strength and beauty of Stina’s voice. The songs resonate with deep melodic hooks and the kind of uncomplicated charm that’ve drawn contemporary comparisons to the likes of the Dum Dum Girls, as well as the strident delivery of Jenny Lewis. The band also tellingly cite the darker currents of The Breeders, PJ Harvey and Throwing Muses as lifelong influences.
From the urgent guitar and dive-bomb drums of opener ‘Fall Forever’, the album twists through the gutsy punk of ‘Killer Bangs’, to reveal discordant anthems like ‘Super Rat’. It has pared down alt pop gems in the likes of ‘Biro’ and ‘No Spare Key’, but also more country/folk influenced moments like, ‘(I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here’, ‘Braid Burn Valley’ and ‘Bud’. ‘Honeyblood’ pulls in elements of lo-fi punk rock, unfettered indie pop and a deep seated passion for classic rootsy song crafting that help give the album something of an undeniable feel.
The band started from humble DIY beginnings, organizing their own guerrilla show at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow to commemorate the release of a raucous two-track cassette entitled, ‘Thrift Shop’, recorded in their bathroom with one mic. Honeyblood quickly ingrained themselves into the bustling Glaswegian scene, fast becoming one of its most talked-about names in town. They released debut limited 7-inch ‘Bud’ in late 2014, produced by Rory Attwell (Palma Violets, Veronica Falls) and supported the likes of Palma Violets and Sleigh Bells as well as playing festivals everywhere from Brighton’s Great Escape to their native T In The Park.
During the last few months of 2014, drummer Cat Myers joined Honeyblood and the duo set off on tour; playing sold out headline shows throughout the UK and grabbing attention in Europe. In November the band toured as part of NME New Breed with Superfood and finished off the year with supporting Catfish at The Bottlemen on their sold out leg of the UK.
The band will be returning to The States in February with 2:54 and joining the legendary Belle & Sebastien on their US tour in March.