Acclaimed 90s-esque grunge-pop duo Honeyblood bring their “irresistibly perky two-minute popsmarts” (MOJO) to Cambridge’s Portland Arms tonight.
Since forming in 2012, the Glaswegian pair have gigged for NME, the BBC and Vice and played festivals including T in the Park and the Great Escape. Citing Jenny Lewis and P J Harvey as influences, singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale and drummer/backing vocalist Shona McVicar have develop a rich sound that belies their stripped back set up, delivering hook-heavy upbeat indie and atmospheric harmonies.
The vocals stay saccharine even as the words damn a long list of disappointing lovers. “You’re the smartest rat in the sewer!” and “I will hate you forever!” trills Tweeddale sweetly, in Super Rat’s chirpy major key. “You know you’re always destined to lose/when a fortune cookie dictates your next move,” quips Fortune Cookie, just as cheerily. It’s energetic, highly listenable indie cut through with cynicism, snark and wit.
Honeyblood will play at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th September at Green Mind @ The Portland Arms. Tickets £7, available here.