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.