Honeyblood on the Hothouse stage at Belladrum 2015, 08/8/2015. A review.

Honeyblood at Gentlmen of the Road in Aviemore
Honeyblood at Gentlmen of the Road in Aviemore

Like Wolf Alice, Honeyblood seem to have tapped into a rich vein of early nineties indie and lo-fi punk and dragged it howling into the twenty-first century. There are echoes of the Riot Grrl movement here too and it brought back memories of seeing visceral performances by the likes of Hole, Liz Phair and Babes in Toyland.

There’s been a fair degree of interest surrounding the band and the release of their eponymous debut album last month has further stoked that particular fire. The Hothouse stage is treated to a powerhouse performance by the duo of Stina Marie and Cat Myers who more than justify the hype to deliver one of the best sets of the weekend.

An enthusiastic crowd are treated to popular tracks from the album such as ‘Bud’ and additionally were treated to a couple of new tunes, ‘love is a disease’ and ‘babes never die’. Both tracks continuing very much in that same lo-fi punk style. It could be argued that the format of having just two members of a band is becoming a bit passé and gimicky, The White Stripes, Tings Tings, Honeyblood have all sold a good number of records using this formula. But why should this be any different to the umpteen three piece, four piece, five piece… well you get the drift.

Honeyblood make a big, big noise with just the two band members and the lack of a bass player hasn’t done them any harm whatsoever.

Honeyblood at Gentlemen of the Road.

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