Honeyblood

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Honeyblood
Honeyblood performing at May 2015 Dot to Dot Festival.
Honeyblood performing at May 2015 Dot to Dot Festival.
Background information
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresIndie rock, lo-fi, Garage rock, Punk, Noise rock
Years active2012–present
LabelsFatCat Records,[1] Marathon Artists[2]
Associated actsBoycotts, Partwindpartwolf
Websitehoneyblood.co.uk
MembersStina Tweeddale
Past membersShona McVicar
Cat Myers

Honeyblood is the Scottish indie rock solo project[3] of guitarist and singer-songwriter Stina Tweeddale (born 23 November 1988[4][5]), originally formed as a duo in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012.[6]

History and formation[edit]

Formation and beginnings[edit]

Shona McVicar from Cumbernauld (drums/vocals) and Edinburgh-born Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale met when the bands they were playing in (Partwindpartwolf and Boycotts, respectively) were playing the same concert at Bar Bloc in Glasgow.[7] Tweeddale, who wanted to write and play her own music, approached McVicar about playing together. They formed Honeyblood in early 2012.[8] The name came from two places, a Halloween concert that Tweeddale played with her previous band, Boycotts. She states: "Honeyblood is actually a mixture of water, honey, cornflour and red food dye." She continues: "It comes from a lazy Hallowe’en costume I once made for a gig. I swirled it round in my mouth on-stage. And then I spat it over the audience."[9] The other source is from the lyrics of the song "Gutless" by Hole.[10] Originally, they intended to add other band members to fill out their sound, but they were asked to play gigs as a duo. It was here they realised they "weren’t missing anything musically."[8]

In January 2012 they recorded the songs "No Spare Key" and "The Girl on My Left" (a cover of a Karen Peris song) in a bathroom with a 4-track tape-deck.[11] These songs would end up forming the Thrift Shop EP, a 50 copy limited run cassette the band released on the night of their first ever concert at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on 4 April 2012.[12][13]

Speaking about the band's lo-fi style on Thrift Shop, Paul Lester of The Guardian wrote that "The lead track, 'No Spare Key', sounds like Taylor Swift's 'We're Never Getting Back Together' performed by two Scottish goth-girls doing an impression of the Jesus and Mary Chain in a tomb, or an enervated, dejected Haim in need of a square meal."[11]

After just their second concert at Wide Days music conference in Edinburgh at Sneaky Pete’s on 12 April 2012,[14] Honeyblood drew the attention of Alex Knight of FatCat Records, the label who would eventually sign them.

Knight's advice to the band was to concentrate on gigging. Around six months into Honeyblood's existence McVicar was forced to take a break in order to complete her Dentistry degree. During this time, replacement drummer Rah Morriss filled in. When Morriss had to leave the band in 2013 due to her Visa expiring, McVicar rejoined the band.[7]

Honeyblood (2014-2015)[edit]

In November 2013 the band traveled to Connecticut, USA to work with producer Peter Katis on their self-titled album.[15] The album was recorded in just ten days and released on FatCat Records on 8 July 2014. In September 2014 McVicar left the band to pursue other endeavours and was replaced by Cat Myers.[16]

Honeyblood toured extensively in support of their debut album. They supported several acts including Foo Fighters, Palma Violets, Sleigh Bells, Deap Vally, Courtney Barnett, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and Superfood. They played showcases for the likes of The Skinny and Vice, and festivals including the Great Escape, Wide Days in Edinburgh, T in The Park and SXSW.

Babes Never Die (2016-2017)[edit]

In the winter of 2015, Tweeddale and Myers were joined by producer James Dring, who had previously worked with the likes of Jamie T and Gorillaz, at London's Fish Factory studio to work on their second album Babes Never Die. The album was released by Fat Cat records on 4 November 2016 in the UK/EU and 28 October in the US.[17]

In Plain Sight (2018–present)[edit]

In 2019 Honeyblood signed with Marathon Artists,[18] and announced an album would be available for pre-order on 7 February.[19] Publicity only showed Tweeddale. On 7 February, they announced that their third studio album, In Plain Sight, would be released on 24 May, and released the lead single, "Third Degree". On the same day it was announced that Honeyblood will move forward as a solo project, with Myers no longer part of the band.[3][20][11][21][22] They played Belladrum in 2017, televised on BBC Alba.[23] The album was longlisted for the 2020 Scottish Album of the Year.[24]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SCO
[25]
UK
[26]
Honeyblood
  • Released: 8 July 2014
  • Label: Fat Cat
47 99
Babes Never Die
  • Released: 4 November 2016
  • Label: Fat Cat
16 50
In Plain Sight 73
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

Singles[edit]

  • "Thrift Shop" (2012, self-released)
  • "Bud" (2013)
  • "Killer Bangs" (2014)
  • "Biro" (2014)
  • "Super Rat" (2014)
  • "Black Cloud"/"No Big Deal" (2015)
  • "Ready for the Magic" (2016)
  • "Sea Hearts" (2016)
  • "Babes Never Die" (2017)
  • "Walking at Midnight" (2017)
  • "Swell Love" (2017)
  • "The Third Degree" (2019)
  • "Bubble Gun" (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FatCat Records". FatCat Records: Artists. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Marathon Artists". Honeyblood Facebook Page. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "honeyblood - in plain sight - resident". www.resident-music.com. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  4. ^ "honeyblood on Instagram: "🎉🎈Happy Birthday Stina 🎈🎉📸@mariekemacklon"". Instagram. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Up and Coming interview: Boycotts". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Honeyblood | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Interview: Honeyblood | Nicola Meighan". Nicolameighan.wordpress.com. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Honeyblood on forming and breaking through". The Scotsman. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  9. ^ Meighan, Nicola (5 September 2014). "Interview: Honeyblood".
  10. ^ "The VPME Meets - HONEYBLOOD - Interview". The VPME. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Lester, Paul (31 October 2013). "Honeyblood (New band of the day No 1,630)". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Fatcat Records". www.fat-cat.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  13. ^ "CATH Records". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  14. ^ Cowgate, Sneaky Pete's 73; Open, Edinburgh EH1 1JW; Night, Busy Every. "Sneaky Pete's". www.sneakypetes.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Shona McVicar of Honeyblood | Modern Drummer MagazineModern Drummer Magazine". Moderndrummer.com. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  16. ^ Renshaw, David (17 September 2014). "Honeyblood drummer Shona McVicar leaves group". NME. NME. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  17. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (3 November 2016). "Honeyblood: Babes Never Die review – catchy fuzz-rock with personality". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Honeyblood Facebook Page". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Honeyblood Facebook Page". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  20. ^ Myers, Cat (7 February 2019). "I'm not I'm afraid". @catplaysdrums. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  21. ^ Furniss, Olaf; MacKinnon, Derick (9 October 2013). "Under the Radar: Honeyblood at Pleasance Sessions". The Scotsman. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Shona McVicar of Honeyblood". Modern Drummer. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  23. ^ "BBC iPlayer - Belladrum - 2017 Highlights: 21. Honeyblood". 7 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  24. ^ "The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award | The SAY Award 2020". Sayaward.com. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  25. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  26. ^ "HONEYBLOOD | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 18 October 2020.