Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood will be releasing their eponymous, debut LP, July 15th on FatCat Records. Comprised of just singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale and drummer Shona McVicar, the band cut a unique and lean figure in 2014’s rock’n’roll climate.

Recorded at┬álegendary 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. But with their debut US tour under their belts, big name supports slots with the likes of Real Estate, and the full-length ready to release, 2014 certainly looks to be the year with Honeyblood’s name written all over it.


July 15, 2014 / FatCat

01. Fall Forever
02. Super Rat
03. (I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
04. Bud
05. Killer Bangs
06. Biro
07. Choker
08. No Spare Key
09. Joey
10. Fortune Cookie
11. All Dragged Up
12. Braidburn Valley