HoneyBlood are a Scottish duo who have been receiving mountains of praise from the likes of NME for their sound that mixes the jangly guitars of the smiths but with a bit more of grungy delivery. From that description you probably already have an idea of what they sound like. You’re probably not far wrong either and they’ll sound very similar to what you’d imagine.
Truth be told honey blood aren’t anything new or original. They are suffering from a lot of the hype that seems to be surrounding them at the moment which will no doubt help them sell a healthy amount especially with the new wave of fans that the smiths seem to be gathering recently. All of this threatens to make them easily dismissible as another hype band without giving their music any sort of chance. Take away all the snobbery that you always hear when these sort of albums come out and take this album for what it is. An album filled with solid songs that are fully aware of their influences.
The album starts with the song ‘fall forever’ which instantly shows what HoneyBlood do best – the ability to put together a catchy melody. This album has many great choruses where the guitar work and the drum work slows down and plays in a way that makes the melodies flow brilliantly. This is great on the song ‘Super Rat’ which features a stomping chorus singing the words ‘I will hate you forever’ with multi-track vocals that sound very brash.
HoneyBlood suffer from a lack of diversity on this record which could be due to the fact that many two piece fall into this category. The guitar work is very simple on this record and simply trudges on throughout the most part. Naturally it’s got a large amount of distortion underneath it while occasionally letting up to allow some of the more intricate bits to show. The very basic instrumentation allows the stronger aspects of the record to come through such as the vocals that are very sweet underneath all the grumbling which somehow makes the record feel passive aggressive especially with her lyricism. The lyricism on the record is very cynical and another one of the standout points. Tweeddale sings in a mocking manor on tracks such as ‘All Dragged Up’ where she sings the line ‘growing old gracefully, is an art form don’t you see’ or when she sings of her failing trust of a man in ‘Choker’. Whenever she sings although it sounds sweet and distasteful at the same time, like finding out somebody spat in your ice cream.
Just because HoneyBlood isn’t the most original debut to come out this month, or even this week, they do offer plenty of well made songs. Instrumentally this album is only their for the better parts of their record to shine through. If they decided to focus on the weaker aspects then they could put together a brilliant record. They show a lot of promise of their debut as they DO have the ability to put together great songs, they just need something more to feed their fans.