Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood have announced the release of their eponymous, debut LP, following on from their first 7" 'Bud' last year.
Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis' Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in ten days last November, 'Honeyblood' is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. "Peter was the perfect match for us," singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale said of the recording. "He perfectly managed to capture our live performance in the studio. These songs represent good times for us." 'Honeyblood' will be released on the 19th May via FatCat Records.
The band will be previewing the album at London's Bush Hall tonight (19th February) where they'll be main support to New Jersey indie heavy-hitters Real Estate on the only UK date of their world tour. Next, Honeyblood will be heading to the States themselves for a full US tour, then over to Austin, Texas for a week's run at South By Southwest.
Honeyblood are Shona McVicar on drums and Stina Tweeddale vocals / guitar. Despite their fledgling status and 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 uncomplicated charm that've drawn comparisons to the likes of Best Coast and Frankie Rose, 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 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 helps give the album something of an undeniable feel.
The duo started from humble DIY beginnings, organising 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 and going on to play festivals everywhere from The Great Escape to their native T In The Park, as well as support slots with everyone from Palma Violets to Sleigh Bells. But with their full-length debut ready to go, big name supports, and world tours locked, 2014 certainly looks to be the year with Honeyblood's name written all over it.
Upcoming UK live dates
19/2/14 London, UK - Bush Hall - supporting Real Estate - sold out