Scottish duo Honeyblood recently announced news of new North American tour dates for 2015. In a release, the band said they are thrilled to be supporting indie legends Belle and Sebastian as part of their US tour and will play several shows this spring. Before those dates kick off though Honeyblood will be hitting the states in February with London duo 2:54. who have just released their new LP on Bella Union. The first of the new North American dates will be February 27th at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.
It’s been a big year for Honeyblood, with their acclaimed debut self titled album released last summer, receiving great reviews from critics across the board including the New York Times who noted:
“Honeyblood is a bracing two piece…that specializes in a refreshing contrast of jangle and derision. They pair the melancholy guitars of early ’90s shoe gaze with surf-rock tempo- the result is energetic, peppy hostility.” Pitchfork said “rolling drums providing the backbone for toothache-inducing guitars and one hell of a central hook.”
The duo also has new releases in the works for 2015.
Honeyblood is Stina Tweeddale on vocal/guitar, and joined by Cat Myers on drums. Despite their fledgling status and minimal setup, Honeyblood‘s songs are fully formed and perfectly assured. With nothing extraneous, their music is driven through tightly-bound instrumentals and laced with the sheer strength and beauty of Stina’s voice. The songs resonate with deep melodic hooks and the uncomplicated charm that’ve drawn comparisons to the likes of The Dum Dum Girls, as well as the strident delivery of Jenny Lewis. The band also cite the darker currents of The Breeders, PJ Harvey and Throwing Muses as lifelong influences. They released their eponymous debut album in July 2013 tour universal acclaim, receiving something of a ‘clean-sweep’ of reviews across the world’s most revered publications, NME, branding it “One of the year’s best albums” 9/10, and prominently featuring in many of 2014’s end of year polls. They’ve toured with the likes of Belle and Sebastian, Real Estate, and close comrade Courtney Barnett, as well as featuring on the bills of some of the world’s most famous festivals.
From the urgent guitar and dive-bomb drums of opener “Fall Forever,” the album twists through the gutsy punk of ‘Killer Bangs’, to reveal perfect anthems like “Super Rat.” It has alt-pop gems 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.” Honeyblood quickly ingrained themselves into the bustling Glaswegian scene, fast becoming one of its most talked-about names. 2014 has had Honeyblood’s name written all over it, and that doesn’t look to change in 2015.
2015 Spring Tour Dates
02.27.15 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY *
02.28.15 – DC9 – Washington, DC *
03.01.15 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA *
03.03.15 – The Silver Dollar Room – Toronto, ON *
03.04.15 – UFO Factory – Detroit, MI *
03.05.15 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL *
03.06.15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
03.08.15 – Barboza, Seattle, WA *
03.09.15 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, WA *
03.11.15 – The Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA *
03.12.15 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA *
03.13.15 – The Hideout, San Diego, CA *
03.30.15 – House of Blues – Cambridge, MA ^
04.01.15 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON ^
04.02.15 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI ^
04.03.15 – Riviera – Chicago, IL ^
04.04.15 – Overture Hall – Madison, WI ^
* w/ 2:54
^ w/ Belle and Sebastian
“A blend of blustery vocals and swirling guitars.” — Noisey