Honeyblood are back in formidable form. The Glasgow two-piece — frontwoman Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers- have premiered incendiary new single and video ‘Ready For Magic’, as well as announcing their second album, the emphatically titled ‘Babes Never Die’, with a special intimate UK comeback tour to boot.
The follow-up to their eponymous debut, ‘Honeyblood’ arrived in 2014 as a surprise splash, crash-landing into many of the year’s most revered Best Of lists, with near-perfect score reviews from everyone from NME to DIY, and Mojo to Uncut. ‘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.”
In the meantime, the band have announced they’re heading out on the road for the first time ahead of the new album in a UK tour sponsored by DIY magazine, with support from Eat Fast. They’re visiting specially picked intimate venues with wherever possible an under-18s door policy. With both the London and Glasgow dates of the tour selling out within 24 hours the day they were announced, the band have already announced another London show at the legendary Scala for December, with more tour dates to be announced very soon.