I reviewed the debut album by Glaswegian duo Honeyblood in July of this year. The album impressed me as an indie rock album laced with attitude and lyrical ferocity, a quality I feel tends to be lacking in certain contemporary bands of a similar vein. The album’s grunge influenced overtones combined with the confident feminine vocals of Stina Tweeddale made listening to this album an enjoyable and refreshing experience. The bands riot grrrl influences were certainly appreciated by me in listening to the album for the first time. The album has been well received by the music press and already embraced by audience according to Honeyblood in this interview. The band have been touring America and enjoying their success. The album Honeyblood was released on July 15th off FatCat Records. Live and Die In Music sent over some questions for the band which I happy to finally share.
Q: Love the new album! How did you two get together?
A: When I began writing the songs and getting idea for Honeyblood straight in my head, a mutual friends suggested I meet Shona. We then met a while later in a bar one night and I asked if she wanted to jam some songs with me. We then started playing shows with the intention of having more band members, that’s still the case really.
Q: Your getting a lot of buzz in the music press. Im sure it must be great but can it be distracting?
A: It’s brilliant to see the album getting noticed, and I try and keep on top of it as much as I can.
Q: Who do you feel influenced you most growing up – both from a musical point of view and on a personal level?
A: Apart from my Dad who plays music, and my music teachers who were so encouraging when I was at school, I loved so many bands and music was my dream world. Riot Grrrl was a big thing for me and also The Smiths, The Breeders, PJ Harvey… so many more.
Q: How has touring been so far? Is it an inspiring experience?! How have the songs been received by a live audience? Any live favourites yet?
A: We just came back from a small run of shows in the US. It’s actually been the first time we’ve played to an audience who has known the words to our songs! That was really amazing to see.
Q: Your music is laced with vivid imagery, how does your song writing process work?
A: Usually they start with me singing with my guitar. it’s always a natural process for me to write songs. Then I take ideas to the studio and jam them out with Shona, where she adds the drums and we work on structure. Songs always show their true colours when you play them live too.
Q: My favourite track changes each time I listen but at this exact moment its Super Rat. Do you think you will hate them forever?
A: Yeah, I think so.
Q: What are you listening to at the minute?
A: Algernon Doll, they are dreamy.
Live at Bermuda Triangle, Brighton – 8th May 2014