Scottish rocker, Honeyblood, have come a long way from their humble DIY beginnings to embarking on a full-blown tour across the pond and making their last stop at Los Angeles’ venerable stage: The Echo. The all-female duo, Stina Tweeddale (guitar/vocals) and Cat Myers (drums/vocals) have found the key ingredients in making explosive sounds from just two instruments. With the recent release of their latest album, Babes Never Die on Fat Cat Records, the band is more than ready to take on the world, one city at a time. With comparisons from the whose who of recent indie artist like Courtney Barnett, Haim and Best Coast, Honeyblood (whose name comes from mixing water, honey, cornflower and red food dye) is poised for greatness with their assault of adventurous and complex tracks that range from catchy pop to gloomy love songs like the new song, “Love Is A Disease.”
The night descended onto the city as the bright lights on the marquee glowed with the name: Honeyblood. Openers Jennie Vee and Hazel English rocked the crowd with lighting force, setting the stage for the headliner. The two gals quickly set up their equipment during the intermission and had the crowd anticipating their every move and erupted in mini applause from those really excited to hear them jam. The band was in excellent form as they pounded out the fuzz-driven anthems that hooked the crowd from the first note. With their own videographer roaming the room, Tweeddale announced that the crowd was live on Facebook and they would be included in the next music video.
The long and arduous tour came to a finale in Los Angeles with their state-side visit reaching most major cities in the U.S. Tweeddale and Myers introduced the fans to their highly intelligent drum machine, named Sebastian, and had fun with his pre-recorded responses. They had a comedy routine on-stage and did their best ‘Abbott and Costello’ bit and bantered back and forth about Sebastian’s sex life, his Twitter page and his constant interruptions during their shows. They also comment on their lack of commitment to their merchandise table. “We’ve got stuff to sell, if anybody is looking to make a deal.” Laughs engulf the room. “We’ve got good quality T-shirts and records. The service is shit. We’re not really good shopkeepers but we try our best.”
The hectic cycles of skillfully distorted riffs mixed with fluffy ballads is what keeps the fans coming out in droves to check out a Honeyblood show. The two words most frequently mentioned when critics comment on Honeyblood are: Absolutely brilliant. Now that people know what the real Honeyblood is made out of, no doubt that the crowds will await their next adventurous release. Their current European tour will hit several dates in the U.K. this November and December. Be sure to not miss this show.
Ready for the Magic
Love is A Disease
Justine Misery Queen
Walk At Midnight
All Dragged Up
Babes Never Die