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HONEYBLOOD – BABES NEVER DIE

honeybloodGlaswegian duo Honeyblood’s second LP arrives with the work of half of its original lineup, with drummer Shona McVicar upping and leaving the band shortly after their self-titled debut was dropped in 2014. Cat Myers replaced McVicar not long afterwards, and her presence in the band has gone an awful long way to sharpening up the fuzzed-out, grunge-tinged indie pop. Honeyblood’s songwriting relies heavily on breezy hooks, and Myers’ taut stickwork adds a markedly more assured stride to her new band’s blustering sound. The immediacy of one particular track – Waiting For The Magic – has been used as an ad-break anthem for Sky Sports, thrusting the track’s most grappling moment into ears much further afield than Honeyblood’s usual catchment area. It’s easy to make comparisons with contemporaries – namely the likes of Best Coast – but Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers transfer so much personality to their tracks that a deeper, more lasting impression is given.

Rating: 71%

[FIRST PUBLISHED ON NO RIPCORD]

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