While we’re happy to say that we like any old band or artist that gives us a tune that we like, there’s no denying that we like to see Glasgow bands make it big. Getting the chance to see a band rise up and then go over the top is a big thrill for a music fan and in Glasgow; we’ve had more than our fair share of scenes, acts and great moments.
We’re pretty hopeful that Honeyblood are going to be the latest Glasgow act to make it into the big time and we were lucky enough to grab some time with Stina from the group to get her thoughts on where the band is at and where they are heading.
These are busy times for the act. Firstly, they’re playing at the Stag & Dagger event in Glasgow (playing two shows) so if you are going, check them out. If you aren’t going…c’mon, what else are you going to be doing with your Sunday evening? The duo are on tour with Courtney Barnett (also appearing at Stag & Dagger) and they release their new single ‘Killer Bangs’ on Monday the 12th of May. It’s a fantastic slice of fuzzy pop but don’t take our word for it, listen to it here:
Hopefully that’s whetted your appetite for more and it is all building towards the release of their self-title debut album on the 14th July in Glasgow (and the rest of the UK) and 15th July in the States via FatCat. The NME have already stated “Honeyblood have made one of the year’s best albums and ‘Killer Bangs’ is typical of its sugar rush combo of hooks, riffs and doomed romance”, and in this case, we’re in no rush to argue with the long-standing publication.
That’s the set-up, and we’ll round off with other info about the band at the end, but for now, here is the interview with Stina:
You’re on the brink of releasing your debut album; does it feel like it’s been a long journey to get here?
I guess it has, we didn’t rush into recording our first record which I’m glad about. We did only take 10 days to actually record it, but the planning was there for a long time before.
Do you think ‘Choker’ and ‘Killer Bangs’ are good entry tracks to get into the album?
Definitely. Both songs are pretty different sides of the album, and there are more than that on there too.
What’s the darkest lyric on the new album?
The one where I sing ‘fucking’ a lot, I guess.
Is there a general way you create songs or are you flexible with song writing?
Mostly, the songs start with an idea from me and my guitar. I know its cliched but one of the songs on the album actually started off from me singing in the shower… I never thought that would ever happen, but it did! We do have jam sessions also that sometimes amount to a cool riff or to help get structure sorted for songs.
Do you have a best memory from recording the album?
So many… finishing the album on the last night actually sprung up on us. Afterwards we shared a drink with Peter (Katis, a producer who was worked with Interpol,The National, Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad amongst others) and a few other people who helped us out on the album. I guess that feeling of knowing it’s complete is like no other.
What are your plans and hopes for the rest of the year?
We’re going to tour a lot! We are just heading out on a UK tour for May and then some festival slots and some shows abroad before the album is released July 14th.
Would you prefer to tour the hell out of this album or tour moderately then make the next record?
Touring is fun so I think we’re pretty excited to be doing that. Although, once the album is out I’m sure we’ll be itching to get back in the studio.
Any songs in place for the next record?
You played a couple of acoustic gigs pre-Christmas – any plans for more of these?
Yeah, we’re doing a little acoustic set during Stag & Dagger Festival and I just got my acoustic back so if there is demand for it, I’m up for playing some sets.
Now that the dust has settled on SXSW and your US tour, what are your thoughts on it?
It was mental. The best fun and really amazing to tour with WWPJ (We Were Promised Jetpacks). I think we were incredibly lucky to get on with them so well. The venues were great and very crazy to meet American folks who know our songs.
You’re touring with Courtney Barnett – do you approach support slots differently from your own headlining gigs?
I guess there’s less pressure when you are a support act. You don’t need to be at the venue as early and you can relax and watch the main act after you’ve played. We don’t differ much in our set except from it’s usually shorter and we don’t play as many slow songs.
You are playing Live At Leeds and/ Stag & Dagger this weekend– What’s your take on these city festivals over different venues?
I think they’re awesome fun. It’s always a great day. We did Tramlines in Sheffield last year and The Great Escape in Brighton. You always bump into friends who are playing also which is nice when you haven’t seen them since the last festival.
How was your TITP 2013 experience and what are your ambitions for future festivals?
As you can imagine, it’s a bit of an honour to play the festival when you are a Scottish band. We had a surprisingly big crowd which we weren’t really expecting seeing as we hadn’t released anything by then. We’d love to play it again.
What’s your general take on TITP and other big festivals?
I grew up saving all my money as a teenager to buy tickets for festival season. They’re so much fun, especially when the sun stays out. It’s something we are definitely looking forward to playing more of in the future.
Do you feel as though you are part of a scene in Scotland?
I think it’s hard to tell. I think of the music ‘scene’ as people who play in bands in Scotland. So in the respect, I guess we are.
What are your favourite Scottish bands?
Some amazing bands that I love like Cocteau Twins, Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian are Scottish. New bands we love are Poor Things, Secret Motorbikes, Siobhan Wilson and Laura St Jude. They’re all babes.
What are your favourite Scottish venues?
Sneaky Pete’s probably my favourite one.
You’ve been to America, England and beyond, is the reputation of Scottish crowds being wilder a deserved reputation?
Some of the crowds in America gave them a run for their money, that’s for sure. Especially the New York crowds and San Francisco. They know how to have a good time, just like Scottish crowds.
Honeyblood are Shona McVicar on drums and Stina Tweeddale vocals / guitar. We’ve been lucky enough to catch the band a few times in the past year, and all being well, they’ll form part of our Sunday viewing at the Stag & Dagger festival. You can catch the band playing an acoustic set around 16:30 in Coda Hairdressers on Sauchiehall Street and then the band plays their full set in Broadcast, currently scheduled for 8pm.
With their debut album being released in July, it’s likely you’ll be hearing plenty of more about the act this summer and it’s probably a safe bet to say they’ll be back in Glasgow with more live shows before too long.