It is truly an amazing opportunity to have the privilege to witness a fresh, young band finding its feet in the music world.
Understanding the predictable nature of the music industry, the drum and guitar duo Honeyblood knew that they had to develop a distinctive sound to keep themselves clear from clichéd comparison to the likes of The Kills and the White Stripes.
In the hands of producer Peter Katis, notable for his previous work with Interpol and the National, Honeyblood achieved just the balance they needed to create a fresh, yet visceral self-titled debut, released just two days prior to climbing onto stage this Wednesday (July 16) evening at the Rough Trade East shop.
Although it may not have been the band’s first public performance, the recent release added an extra layer of pressure to the Glaswegian duo’s six-track performance, as they tried to gauge the audience’s reaction to their precious 48-hour-old ‘baby.’
Perhaps a wee bit nervous; Stina Tweeddale (vocals/guitar) and Shona McVicar (drums) had to start the opening song over.
No problem though.
Just a sweet warm-up before they greeted the entertained audience with favourites such as “Super Rat,” “Choker,” “(I’d rather be anywhere) but here” and “Killer Bangs.”
Tweeddale’s voice is a gem, well shaped to hit high notes as much as to embrace softer lines, delivering her teenager angst-driven lyrics against a backdrop of grown up and structured harmonies.
Include red lipsticks, leather pants, 90s indie garage, and a folksy country punch into the formula and you have a band with an appealing personality.
Honeyblood will continue to tour the UK until the end of September, before bringing their punchy sound to mainland Europe in October.