For Honeyblood frontwoman Stina Tweeddale, the title of her band’s second album came from somewhere close to her heart, literally. I have those words tattooed on my ribs, she smiles. I guess you could call it a war cry; to have the faith to never let yourself be defeated. ‘Babes Never Die’ is not a shy motto, and one that’s triumphant sentiment rings throughout Honeyblood’s exceptional sophomore record. “The title is my own mantra,” Stina explains of the follow-up to their eponymous 2014 debut, which landed in many of the year’s most revered Best Of lists, with perfect score reviews from everyone from NME to DIY.
Recorded during several candle-burning stints at London’s Fish Factory studio in the winter of 2016, Stina and Cat were joined by acclaimed producer James Dring, whose work with the likes of Jamie T and Gorillaz made him an intriguing choice for the Scottish duo. Make no mistake, ‘Babes…’ doesn’t sound like anyone else but Honeyblood. The urgent lo-fi charm that defined their debut still pulses from its core. The band that burst forth from Glasgow’s DIY underground scene just a few years ago, recording cassette tape releases in their bathrooms and hosting ad-hoc parties in disused hairdressers is still in tact, and the clatter of songs like ’Justine, Misery Queen’ will play testament to that. But the evolution that’s taken place is undeniable. ‘Babes…’ feels tightly-woven, with a honed sense of drive and focus.
Following their excellent 2015 headline show, we're delighted to welcome Honeyblood back to The Fleece this November in support of 'Babes Never Die' (out Nov 4th). Tickets on-sale now.
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* Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and leave by midnight