February 9, 2017 — “Babes Never Die” by Honeyblood



If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Babes Never Die” by Honeyblood (2016, from the album Babes Never Die).

Honeyblood is a pop-punk/pseudo-grunge duo from Glasgow. They formed in 2012 and released their self-titled debut in 2014. The original lineup was Shona McVicar (drums/vocals) and Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale (vocals/guitar). They intended to fill the band out with other members, but they found that people liked them as a duo. Shortly after their formation, McVicar left the band to pursue a degree in dentistry, and she was replaced by Cat Myers. They released their sophomore album last November, and it’s been getting good reviews.

People have said that their sound brings to mind stuff from the 90s like Juliana Hatfield and The Breeders. I sort of get that, but if they remind me of the 90s, it’s more like That Dog and the first Veruca Salt record. They’re a little fuzzy, a little punky, and plenty loud. At the end of the day, though, they make excellent pop music with tons of “cute factor”.

I had actually never heard the band until I recently got something in the mailbag about the newly released video for tonight’s song. This is that song.

“Babes Never Die” by Honeyblood

This is full of well-polished hooks and driving drums that remind me a little of David Narcizo out of Throwing Muses. Both vocal parts are fantastic, but it’s all about the fine-tuned powerful but sweet voice of Stina Tweeddale. It’s also amazingly bouncy. All of that means that it reminds me very much of the girl-fronted indie rock of the 90s.

They say that they write songs about “things (they) really hate and things that are okay”. As best as I can make out, this is about silencing haters. It seems like there’s some reference to witch trials, but I can’t be sure about that. Either way, it’s a song that I like a lot, and it’s tons of fun.

Here’s the video, which is how I got here in the first place. It, too, is a lot of fun.

You can buy a digital download of Babes Never Die via Bandcamp here. You can buy it in physical form via Fat Cat Records here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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