Honeyblood – Oxford Times 15/12/16

Honeyblood – 26/11/16 – The Bullingdon

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/leisure/musics/musicreviews/14963538.Honeyblood___Bullingdon__Oxford___Girl_band_leave_us_buzzing_/

Three is certainly a crowd for Honeyblood founder and songwriter Stina Tweeddale, her ‘less is more’ approach transcending not just through her simplistic, pop rock melodies but also as regards band membership. The Glaswegian two piece have been thoroughly minced through the super-hype mangle in recent weeks and months and rightly so, their most recent release Babes Never Die is a pleasantly modest and unassuming record with a penchant for pithy but not cliched songmanship.

The reason Honeyblood get away with such pragmatic and schematic methodology is partly due to Tweeddale’s honesty and geniality, the band refusing to take themselves too seriously and their somewhat self deprecating nature is a refreshing characteristic throughout their hour long set. Her subject matter is unequivocally honest, dry Scottish wit combining with romantic pathos to create an underlying message of survival at any cost, a theme perhaps close to Tweeddale’s heart after losing co founding member Shona McVicar. There is defiance in both music and lyrics, indicative of a band who could quite easily have perished but are now very much in ascendancy.

Her accessible songs land even at first listen but not in a tiresome way, Honeyblood walking the line exemplarily between instant gratification and longer term appeal. There’s enough edge to keep the alternative crowd entertained but with unapologetic pop through lines and short and snappy compositions, Honeyblood certainly have the necessary ingredients to be a band who can achieve dizzying heights. Although there are perhaps a few tracks which are less than memorable and sometimes there is a naivety as regards vocal lines which is somewhat cringeworthy, Honeyblood have enough in their arsenal of songs to regain momentum and renew energy when things begin to dwindle.

There’s certainly something indefinably engaging about Honeyblood, the band leaving a pleasing taste in the mouth after their sell out Bullingdon show. The affability of the girls, their onstage banter and quick humour mixed with an energetic performance of belting, easily digestible rock and roll tunes makes the evening a delightful, frolicking affair and proof that simplicity and honesty can create something truly memorable.

4/5

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