Honeyblood are back in formidable form. Today the Glasgow two-piece – frontwoman Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers- premiered incendiary new single and video “Ready For Magic”, as well as announcing their second album, the emphatically titled Babes Never Die which is out on Fat Cat Records October 28th.
The follow-up to their eponymous debut, Honeyblood arrived in 2014 as a surprise splash, with stellar from New York Times to Pitchfork.’Ready for The Magic’ is a remarkable introduction to Honeyblood 2.0. Both one of their most intense and most intensely catchy tracks to date. Its detuned doom riffage and disco-punk rhythms make space for a tornado of a chorus ode to “the explosive nature of infatuation”. The video, a collaboration between the band and director Thomas James, is set in post-apocalyptic Scottish countryside, and follows a tribe of young feral girls who’ve been abandoned and left to fend for themselves in a dystopian world. We won’t completely spoil its ending, but safe to say that Stina and Cat meet a grizzly fate.
The leader of the video’s feral girl tribe finds herself pride of place as the cover star of the ‘Babes Never Die’ album, in beautiful photographic artwork shot by German photographer Amira Fritz. “I loved the idea of this feral tribe of young badass girls causing chaos,” explains frontwoman Stina Tweeddale. “It’s an image that chimes with what the album is all about.” Of the album’s title she explains: “I guess you could call it a war cry; to have the faith to never let yourself be defeated.” Babes Never Die is certainly not a shy motto, and one that’s triumphant sentiment rings throughout Honeyblood’s exceptional sophomore record. Recorded winter 2016 with acclaimed producer James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) during candle-burning sessions at London’s Fish Factory studios, it will be released November 2nd and is available to pre-order now along with the new single. “The title is my own mantra,” Stina says. “I think it’s something I tell myself every day. Indifference is a plague. Giving up and turning a blind eye will be the end of us. Never before has that been more true.”
Babes Never Die is out October 28th on Fat Cat Records.
Babes Never Die Tracklisting
2. Babes Never Die
3. Ready For The Magic
4. Sea Hearts
5. Love Is A Disease
6. Walking At Midnight
7. Justine, Misery Queen
8. Sister Wolf
9. Hey, Stellar
Pre-order now on deluxe and standard vinyl, CD and digital:
9.25.16 – Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
9.26.16 – Hug and Pint – Glasgow SOLD OUT
9.28.16 – Bungalow & Bears – Sheffield (Free Entry)
9.29.16 – Patterns – Brighton
9.30.16 – Boilerroom – Guildford
10.4.16 – Shacklewell Arms – London SOLD OUT
10.5.16 – The Cookie – Leicester
10.6.16 – Electric Circus – Edinburgh
12.1.16 – Scala – London
Honeyblood will be touring the US this fall, more dates will be announced shortly.