Emerging from Glasgow’s fertile indie breeding ground with a sound both in thrall to the sweetness and light of 60s girl groups and the melodic squall of noise-pop, new duo Honeyblood are living proof of the adage that two’s company and three’s a crowd.
Picking away at the DIY coalface for a number of years under various different guises, Stina Tweedale (vocals, guitar) and Shona McViccar (drums), marked their foray last year with a show at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow, to coincide with the release of their two-track cassette ‘Thift Shop’. They recorded it in their kitchen with one mic.
“We’d been in bands with boys before and wanted to do it on our own” explains Stina in her hushed-tone Glasgwegian accent. They were drawn together by their mutual desire to form an all-girl gang. “There’s definitely a solidarity amongst female bands because there aren’t many of us around really! But at the same time it’s totally about what kind of music they’re playing; if they’re good, that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”
Namechecking current favourites PINS and London five-piece PARLOUR, Stina waxes lyrical about the palpable influence of American bands on their aesthetic. Indebted to sonic forbearers Best Coast and Frankie Rose, as well as luminaries like The Breeders and Throwing Muses, she says they have all the time in the world for chart heroines Haim.
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