Honeyblood, a Glasgow-based garage rock duo made up of Stina and Shona spoke to us after their set Electric Fields Festival to talk about angry songs, tour plans and their time in America.
Having already been at Glasgow’s East End Social earlier that day, it was a busy day for them but they were still in typically polite form…
F.O: Is this normal for you both? Do you normally squeeze so much into one day?
Shona: Both festivals were really good opportunities for us, and here we are, we’ve made it, and it’s not even been too bad.
F.O: What do you think of Electric Fields now that you’re here?
Stina: It’s such a sweet festival isn’t it? Hopefully it’ll be back next year as well. We want to see We Were Promised Jetpacks later because we went on tour with them and we know them pretty well. My parents are here too, they’re excited to see Stanley Odd more than us, I think.
F.O: Surely this must have been an incredibly busy summer for you guys since you released your debut album earlier this year?
Shona: It’s sort of been busy but the timing of our album meant that we missed out a bit of the festival season and probably haven’t done as many as we could have done, but I think it’ll get busier now.
Stina: We actually ended up going to America instead of doing festivals, so we have been busy, but just not here.
F.O: How did the US respond to Honeyblood?
Stina: The first shows we played after the album launch were in America, so the album had only been out for a week or two, and then we went.
That was the first time ever that anyone has sang the lyrics back to us. I think we were in Cleveland and people started singing back and I remember thinking “Oh my god, this is so weird, they know the words already and it’s only been two weeks”. So that was a bit of a shock because we hadn’t experienced that before.
Shona: We have been to America before though, but that was with WWPJ so it was amazing to have people coming just to see us.
F.O: So now that summer is coming to an end, what’s next in the diary for you?
Stina: We’re just about to go on tour. We’ve got our UK tourfirst for all of September and then straight after that we’re going to Europe. So we’ll pretty much be on tour until the end of time. That’s our plans for the rest of the year anyway.
F.O: We’re looking forward to it. Tell us about your album launch earlier this year too?
Shona: We had our album launch in The Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow. We did our first ever show there and sold these wee tapes that we made ourselves, so we thought we would have it where we started.
Stina: It was a bit too small though because a lot of people turned up, which is not a bad complaint to have, to be fair. There was a queue out the door and at the time I was so sad about it. I was like “I’m so sorry, I can’t let you in, there’s too many people in here, the floors going to collapse” but we did end up letting everyone come in for a bit at the end.
Shona: Even though it was probably too small, it was good that we did it there because it meant something to us.
F.O: What’s it been like to work with FatCat Records? Considering all the great Scottish acts that they have signed (The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit,) how does it feel to be part of that now?
Shona: I’ve always loved the bands that are on FatCat and I remember when we first started talking to them I was thinking, “wow, imagine being signed to FatCat”. They are so nice and it’s kind of like a family and it’s nice that there are other Scottish bands that have done so well with them.
Stina: Even though they are based in Brighton, they have a sort of Scottish mentality towards things. Yeah, like a family, everyone’s in it together. It’s great.
F.O: Twenty-something women love an angsty break-up song, so singing at the top of our lungs “Why don’t you grow up” or “Scumbag, sleaze, slimeball grease” brings us cathartic joy. Is that what you hoped for with the album?
Stina: I don’t really think it’s like a breakup album, but when I listen back to it I can kind of see how it comes across like that. Most of the songs aren’t even about that, they are written about friends and stuff. Well… some of them do sound a bit angry, I guess, but it’s good and we like to have fun and it’s such a release to just shout it out.
Shona: ‘Super Rat’ is not supposed to be a serious song, it’s meant to be fun!
Honeyblood begin their UK tour in Stirling on 11 September before they head off to Europe. Their London and Brighton shows are already sold out so get your tickets quick if you want them. We’ll be there and we’ll probably be shouting the lyrics back at them too.