Honeyblood are back on tour supporting their second album Babes Never Die. On the 24th April, a friend and I went to see them at The Crescent Community Venue in York.
Honeyblood first emerged onto the scene in 2012 and became signed to a record label after just their second show. The band consists of two members – Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale (vocal and guitar) and Cat Myers (vocal and drums). They are currently on a UK tour and they are playing festivals this summer. The band is touring to promote their second album, Babes Never Die, which peaked at 50 in the charts. They are becoming increasingly popular and have supported big names such as the Foo Fighters and Courtney Barnett on tour.
The first support act was local indie-rock band The Televangelists and their set was upbeat and fun, getting everyone dancing! They are definitely a band to watch! Secondly, we saw a set from London-based punk-rock band Doe. It was their first time performing in York, and they didn’t disappoint. I hadn’t heard of them before this gig, but now I can’t stop listening!
Honeyblood started their set with a rendition of ‘Justine, Misery Queen’ before going into pop-punk ‘Ready for The Magic’. The band played all 10 tracks from their 2016 album Babes Never Die, and 4 from their 2014 self-titled album. Honeyblood are obviously very popular among people from all walks of life, shown by the large age range present. The band interacted well with the audience, even getting us to sing Happy Birthday to Myres’ cousin! The venue has a great community feel, and everyone came together to party, making Monday night the new Saturday.
At one point, Tweeddale started reminiscing about the last gig she performed in York, at The Duchess (RIP). The band dedicated their next song to The Duchess, and everyone sang along, together mourning the loss. It was very emotional, I almost shed a tear!
One of the things I loved most about Honeyblood is that they don’t believe in encores. I’ve been saying it for years, I don’t understand why people leave, only to return and play more. It just doesn’t make sense, everyone knows that you’re coming back! It was a refreshing change that instead of doing an encore, they just played two more songs.
Honeyblood are no doubt a very talented band, and I can’t wait to see how they progress over the next couple of years. I would definitely see them live again! As we were leaving we stopped at the merchandise stand and Tweeddale herself served us. It felt nice that the band were personally thanking us for attending. We even got free lollypops as we left. What’s not to like?