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Glasgow two piece Honeyblood are poised to release their second album Babes Never Die and they’re heading out on their biggest headline tour to date, calling in at the Arts Centre on their way. We’re expecting great things from their new album as the debut got near perfect reviews from the likes of the Uncut and Mojo. Supported by the amazing PINS who played Norwich Sound & Vision last year and sponsored by DIY Magazine, this will be a show to remember. I spoke to lead singer and founding member Stina about their intense, catchy/doom/disco/punk/folk tunes, and how it felt to support the Foo Fighters last year.


Your music’s really strong, and reminds me of Belly or Breeders a bit, or Liz Phair. How did you come up with your own unique sound – did it take a long time to find your identity? All those acts you’ve just mentioned are pretty much what I was into at school! Tere weren’t a lot of other people who were into girls screaming; I used to hang about with boys and they’d say “what are you listening to..that’s horrible!” I really identified with it though..I never had a sweet voice and I wasn’t good at guitar but I just wanted to play big chords and make a noise. I tried the whole acoustic singer/songwriter thing for a while but it didin’t feel like it fitted me. So when I started Honeyblood, wrote some songs, got a new electric guitar and an overdrive pedal I realised this was what I wanted to do when I was 14.


How come you called your album Babes Never Die, and who is the little girl on the cover? Te title is my own mantra that I’ve said to people about five years – it’s based on self respect and confidence, not letting anybody shoot that down. I actually had it tattooed on me two years ago before the song was written so I had to make sure the song was a good one when I wrote it as it was forever on my skin! It was the first one we wrote for the album, and the punchiness of it sets the goalposts for the rest of the album. Te little girl is called Darcy – I thought of the cutest most innocent thing you can imagine which was little girls, but people underestimate their strength. I thought it was a really good image for the front cover as it says everything I wanted our album to say. Tere seem to be a few bands


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around now who only have two members - Royal Blood, Slaves and yourselves being just some. Was it a deliberate move from the start to be just a duo? It was in a way. Personally I’m still looking for more members to join Honeyblood – if you want to send your CV I will read it! I wrote our first songs for just drums and guitar and we got moving so quickly we didn’t have time to change that. Being in a duo is so much easier than being in a five piece band – to tour a big band is very expensive and a lot of hard work and a lot of labels don’t have much money now. We started touring in a Ford Fiesta! It’s challenging being in


a two piece because you’re always trying to push the boundaries of what you can achieve with two people. In a duo no one can slack, you both have to be on it all the time which I think makes you a good player as well. In a big band usually everyone just watches the singer, right? Not in our band, because Cat’s so incredible to watch. What makes a gig good for you? We always have fun really – even if we have a disastrous gig we look back and laugh. I feed off the crowd so if they’re engaging with me, that makes it good. We’ve had shows where people have been very quiet, but maybe that’s because I live in Glasgow where folk are a bit more rowdy! But if it’s quiet that’s fine too because it shows people are listening to the lyrics so I do appreciate that, but the thing I enjoy most is when people sing back to me. It’s a very surreal feeling! What was it like supporting the Foo Fighters and seeing that massive machine working so close up? Again that was a bit like winning a prize - we’re not a big enough band to do that really! It was incredible how accommodating they were for us… I mean we’re nobodies. Cat smashed her cymbal at the show and Taylor Hawkins gave her one of his cymbals… the reason why she plays drums is because of him so she was weak at the knees and couldn’t speak! It’s a massive machine but they’re still real and lovely people. Tey gave us hugs and cuddles! Tere were 60,000 people there that day. Ten we just went back to our normal lives the next day. Mental.


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> INFORMATION Honeyblood play Norwich Arts Centre on 29th November. Tickets available from norwichartscentre.co.uk Read this interview in full at outlineonline.co.uk


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