Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale aka Honeyblood have just debuted this month’s Rookie theme song, their take on Liz Phair’s “Mesmerizing,” which was produced by former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur. You can listen to the track below.
Honeyblood are Shona McVicar on drums and Stina Tweeddale vocals / guitar. Despite their fledgling status and minimal setup. With nothing extraneous, their music is driven through instrumentals and laced with the sheer strength and beauty of Stina’s voice. The songs resonate with deep melodic hooks and the uncomplicated charm. The band also 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 punk influenced track ‘Killer Bangs’, to reveal anthems like “Super Rat.” It has pop tunes in the likes of “Biro” and “No Spare Key” but also some more country/folk-infuenced moments like, “(I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here” and “Bud.” Honeyblood pulls in elements of lo-fi punk-rock and unfettered indie-pop and reveals a deep-seated passion for more classic rootsy song-craft.
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.” going on to support everyone from Palma Violets to Sleigh Bells.
Honeyblood will play a run of dates in the UK this fall. Watch this space for more news..
Honeyblood Track Listing /
2. Super Rat
3. (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
5. Killer Bangs
8. No Spare Key
10. Fortune Cookie
11. All Dragged Up
12. Braidburn Valley