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The Third Degree / She’ s A Nightmare’ is a double A side 12″ single – the 2 tracks are the lead singles from Honeyblood’ s upcoming third album, ‘ In Plain Sight’ . The record has a unique sleeve, with a different cover on each side, one for each song, it was illustrated by longtime collaborator Chrysa Koukoura. One of the tracks, ‘The Third Degree’ , was released on announcement of the album on 4th February 2019, the other track, ‘She’ s A NIghtmare’ , is available for the first time on this physical product – the digital release will follow on 16th February

Taken from the album ‘In Plain Sight’ out 24th May:

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Honeyblood’s third album sees Stina Tweeddale finding her most ambitious form and steely focus yet. Three albums in she has stepped forward to finally claim the mantle of the project she birthed seven years ago as a her sole vision. Stina takes the reigns in collaboration with none-other than super-producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St Vincent) for the most definitive Honeyblood LP to date, consolidating the Glasgow-born band as one of the most important UK names. On lead single, The Third Degree Stina’s arguably perfected the fine art of the punk-rock ode-to-the-shit-head-ex. ButIn Plain Sight is as sonically gung-ho as peak era Garbage, or the modern day likes of St Vincent; big, bold, songwriting no longer content to be tied to one limited genre. Woven with mysterious themes of illusion and deception, Tweeddale describes the album as “one big trick”. Being hoodwinked never felt so exciting.

Taken from the album ‘In Plain Sight’ out 24th May

The Deer Shed Festival is a truly fantastic, family-friendly festival that somehow manages to retain a quality of music and band choices, Its true to its roots, where other festivals sometimes feel like a compromise. It fills a great gap between a serious festival for music lovers like myself who like to see the newer bands on the gigging circuit and also find that hidden newcomer, plus where else can the kids have fun rather than having to send them to the usual token and half-hearted kids field/tent like you get at other festivals. Where else do you have a whole football sized area for swingball or make cardboard boxes into something from your imagination.  From the whole heap of things to make in the science marquees to running around the perimeter of the park for you morning run.

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My Pick of Bands to check out over the weekend

Friday

It could be a difficult evening ahead, as there is such a huge array of talented bands on all stages Teenage Fan Club are such an iconic indie band surely not to be missed having released their 10th album this year, but we have some returning bands both with terrific album releases this year to the festival Honeyblood are a duo I’ve seen many times now, they played the festival two years ago, Stina Tweeddale’s is a great guitar player with her distorted ringing guitar and vocal performance to match, the band present rage-filled, but beautifully written, songs along with Cat Myers’s powerful drum beats constantly driving them forward. Stina is a great front person and for just a duo their sound is huge.

Happyness are a 3-piece alternative rock band from London, All 3 members write the songs, they also have played Deer Shed previously and have a real charm, their latest album is just another stunning collection full of wonderful power pop tunes  which finally followed up their great debut album “Weird Little Birthday” that included one of the best songs about Arcade Fire ever “Montreal Rock Band Somewhere” . LP2 is called “Write In”, and it finds the UK indie rockers continuing to explore the lackadaisical, sardonic indie rock pastures .

In The Dock Stage, Manchester band Cabbage a five piece serving up an idiosyncratic, satirical attacks in the form of discordant neo post-punk.Cabbage have been the festival band of the year drawing huge crowds to the stage as the year progressed .

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Lets Eat Grandma Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth are another big addition with a very visual stage presence.

Jesca Hoop has a  captivating voice her set with Sam Beam at the End Of The Road last year was possibly one of the best musical and magical moments of the last year, Hoop has released another stunningly good album earlier this year “Memories Are Now” the resulting combination is powerfully evocative, with overarching themes of biology, nature and humanity.

Over on the Obelisk stage Hopefully avoiding line-up clashes the headliners here are a folk duo not to be missed are the beautiful Folk-Rock vocals of Josienne Clarke and the guitar talents of her bearded band mate Ben Walker. Together, Clarke and Walker , both 34, are one of Britain’s biggest folk acts, with five albums of beautifully textured, twilight songs, plus many years of treading the dusty boards of folk sessions and festivals, and a coveted Radio 2 folk award for best duo between them. Original songs have been part of Clarke and Walker’s arsenal since day one, and their latest album, “Overnight”, includes seven of them: beautifully drawn miniatures full of a melancholy reminiscent of early-70s singer-songwriters. Clarke writes the songs, “the squishy, lyrical stuff”, while Walker’s the arranger and planner.  If you love bands like Pentangle or Fairport Convention and the voice of Sandy Denny Don’t miss this twosome ,

The other artist not to be missed on the friday is Bryde, aka Sarah Howells of the band Paper Aeroplanes  Praise for the Welsh songwriter has been well-bestowed,  Bryde music deals with human psychology and the darker side of broken relationships with an infectiously defiant and life-affirming quality. Described as being about entangling and unravelling, it sways from fierce to fragile.

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I really hope there isn’t any clashes as if you can get to see these above bands already its as good as it gets a superb first day at the Deer Shed.

Saturday 

My picks for Main Stage would have to be King Creosote  also known as independent singer-songwriter Kenny Anderson from Fife with his current album “Astronaut Meets Appleman”. The first track to be shared is the album’s opener ‘You Just Want’. A seven-minute piece of hymnal drone-pop, its touchstones are the art of patience, scenes of mild bondage and Venus (in Furs) . On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts.

Saturday includes one of my favourite bands  The Big Moon are a band I’ve seen this last two years around fifteen times great indie-pop songs full of fun and just glorious girls to boot. Based in London the four-piece girl band formed in 2014 by Juliette Jackson.[ Their debut album, “Love In The 4th Dimension was released early April 2017, containing a number of singles previously released on their EP, The Road.

The band is signed to Fiction Records and have toured internationally. The Big Moon played as backing band for Marika Hackman’s second album, I’m Not Your Man, concluding in live dates across America recently,

Check out the first artist to hit the Main Stage on Saturday Nilufer Yanya her set at Latitude was considered the best of the weekend intricate guitar work weaves around the West Londoner’s soulful vocals and jazz-flecked instrumentation.  She started performing at 18, the same year she released debut single “Waves” which she made for a college project. Rejected twice from a popular music degree, she took an artist development course and steadily graduated from the city’s open-mic scene to cooler stages, eventually supporting artists like Mitski and headlining her own shows.

Listen to the ‘The Florist’, the standout from recent EP ‘Plant Feed’ is a propulsive gem

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In the Dock Stage My other pick of the day is Goat Girl who bought out a cracking single earlier this year Their debut release track ‘Country Sleaze’ which you can hear below, was one half of a double A-Side released on Rough Trade Records last October . ‘Sleaze’ is probably an apt description for the gritty new track which packs a sludgy bass line, jangling guitar and some pure unchecked, uncensored criticism of the world right now: “I’m disgusted, I’m ashamed of this so-called human race”.

On the Lodge Stage make sure you catch the Liverpool band Hooten Tennis Club, The band’s second album ‘Big Box of Chocolates’ was produced by Edwyn Collins If their debut album, Highest Point In Cliff Town, was the band’s statement of intent, Big Box of Chocolates  is a record that retains all the colour and invention of their debut, while being elevated by richer instrumentation and lyrics that hint at slightly heavier themes: love and loss, nihilism and the ‘non-spaces’ of Northern England, all delivered in the band’s typically laconic, bittersweet style. The dozen tracks continue the band’s knack of combining catchy off-kilter riffs with droll storytelling; album narrators – vocalists and guitarists Ryan Murphy and James Madden – seem to straddle optimism and uncertainty with their lyrics, whether singing about their internal worlds or commenting on a motley cast of characters who turn up across the album’s 41 minutes to amuse, tempt or torment them. Whether fictional (the awkward genius Jimmy ‘looking shifty in his new shoes’) or real (Ryan’s ex-housemate immortalised in first single ‘Katy-Anne Bellis’), each character shares an equal platform, all revered in Hooton’s own low-key way.

The giant of a man B.C Camplight the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio is the perfect showman with his dynamic and diverse take on BC Camplight’s epic pop pizzazz and simmering balladry combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent, he’s described himself as, “the guy who blew it.” Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad’s classical collection. But this sublime talent with the keening vocal and fearless approach to lyrical introspection has another chance.

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His album ‘How To Die In The North’, recorded in his newly adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop Beach Boy’s style, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstopper and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.

Sunday

Neil Hannon

The Main Stage headliner the Divine Comedy with the superb songs of Neil Hannon a welcome return from hyper-literate songsmith. With a new album “Foreverland” out now is another iteration collection of The Divine Comedy’s virtues – sumptuous, orchestral pop laced with lyrical acerbity. The new album highlight is the brilliantly song titled and perfectly judged Sinatra pastiche “I joined The Foreign Legion (To Forget)”.without a doubt they are the suitably ideal band to close the festival .

With the shimmering sounds of guitar-synths indie pop band Teleman ‘Brilliant Sanity’ was definitely one of the top albums of the year last year, the bands minimal sound has grown into something solid and substantial with constant touring and last years sold out tour. Teleman are currently working on their third album and therefore just playing just a few select festivals this summer.

Earlier in the day plus singer songwriter Hannah Lou Clark. Its a shame that the Dock Stage has no music whatsoever on the Sunday I would love to see another 4 bands present their talents to make the day and weekend complete . In the Lodge Stage I love the sound of the Sunderland based songwriter  Martin Longstaff  under the name The Lake Poets and then later the rockier psychedelic sound of Flaming Gods, Juanita Stern could be a hidden gem if you recall the band Howling Bells who made a great record on the Bella Union label then seemed to disappear she returns with her debut solo album ‘America’ to be released late july.

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So lots to see and so many things to do especially for the kids, my only criticism is I would like to see even more music each stage could do with one more band, to make this more than the perfect festival especially when there are bands like Lewis Capaldi, George Taylor ,Estrons, Girl Ray, Gurr, Dream Wife, Blaenavon, Pumarosa, The Wharves, Palace ,Our Girl (Sophie From The Big Moon’s other band), Mammut, Japanese House, Shame , Keir, Flyte , Stevie Parker, Lemon Twigs and Lucy Rose all crisscrossing the country this weekend , The Big Moon are playing three festivals just that day as are Cabbage plus I would love to see a few more USA artists passing through.

Spoken Word & Literary line-up

Owen Jones, Tim Dowling, Stuart Heritage, Amy Liptrot, Woody Woodmansey, Ken Scott, Vanessa Kisuule, Rob Cowen, Anthony Clavane, Kate Pankhurst, Dominic Berry, Rowan McCabe, Kate Fox, Paul Cookson, Lorna Mallet, Jenna Drury, Hoglets, Say Owt Slam Poetry, Shed Talks, Pip Theatre, Mud Pie Arts and A Thoughtful Place To Be.

The highlight to look out for here is Woody Woodmansey and Ken Scott From The Beatles to Bowie, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust. Ken Scott best known as Beatles engineer and producer of no less than five classic David Bowie albums. Woody Woodmansey, meanwhile, is the Yorkshireman drummer from humble Driffield who boarded Bowie’s spaceship and became A Spider From Mars.

This unique event reunites them both. Ken will be talking about his new book Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust and Woody will wow Deer Shedders with tales from and not from his recent autobiography, before a joint audience Q&A. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the studio with Beatles or share a bus with Ziggy Stardust, this is a very special chance to find out.

Comedy line-up .

John Shuttleworth, Hal Cruttenden, Justin Moorhouse, Ivo Graham, Josh Howie, Bec Hill, Tom Parry, Sarah Bennetto, Scummy Mummies, Nick Doody, Edd Hedges, Patrick Monahan, Dan Nightingale and Hannah Silvester.

Scottish alt-rock duo Honeyblood have been touring hard behind last year’s sophomore effort “Babes Never Die”, and those experiences have been funneled into a fun video for the album’s excellent title track. Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers captured phone video from backstage and the highway, and it’s all rolled up along with an abundance of performance footage into one of those classic road videos one that really gives you a sense of who these people are while ultimately letting the super-catchy music speak for itself. Here’s what Tweeddale had to say about it:

This video has such a special significance to us. It was filmed over three months of shows throughout the US and UK. It’s a real snapshot of that tour and what it’s like for us on the road. Most of the travel and backstage footage was filmed by Cat and I on our phones. However, we could not have made it without great folk getting involved and filming at the shows! The video was edited by Gareth Goodlad (On Red Productions).

Taken from the new album ‘Babes Never Die‘. Out now on Fat Cat Records.

With the departure of drummer Shona McVicar after their debut in 2014, new drummer Cat Myers joined singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale in the second incarnation of Honeyblood and now the second full-length album release.

Producer James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) refines the distorted fuzzy hooks of their early DIY material and tightens the catchy choruses and call-and-response guitar lines. In between the opening and closing instrumentals, ‘Intro’ and ‘Outro’, there are ten tracks of varying degrees of heavy percussion (the album’s title track), lead single ‘Ready For The Magic’, all pop-punk infectiousness with handclaps and sing-along swagger, and the grunge-styled ‘Sea Hearts’.

Elsewhere, the fuzzy guitar ballad ‘Cruel’ with Myers and Tweeddale’s harmonies slows the pace, and there’s a wistful, emotional side to ‘Gangs’, Tweddale’s recollection of early life growing up in a rough suburb of Edinburgh

Honeyblood’s second album is a high quality vehicle of contagious spirit and ‘babes forever’ girl power.

Honeyblood’s new single ‘Ready For The Magic’ from the forthcoming album ‘Babes Never Die’. Out 4th November on Fat Cat.

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Honeyblood – Babes Never Die

Honeyblood are back in formidable form. The Glasgow two-piece – front-woman Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers release their second album, the emphatically titled Babes Never Die. The follow-up to their eponymous debut, Honeyblood which 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. It’s detuned doom riffage and disco-punk rhythms make space for a tornado of a chorus ode to “the explosive nature of infatuation”. The album was recorded with acclaimed producer James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) during candle-burning sessions at London’s Fish Factory studios. “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.

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Bryde  – EP2

Limited to 250 Copies. Taking thrilling dynamic cues from PJ Harvey’s early output, Bryde’s latest single Honey is a hard hitting sonic assault which sees the London artist turn up the electric guitars. It bears the indelible stamp of Bill Ryder- Jones who takes production duties. The outcome is an intensely gratifying salvo of unabashed attitude replete with lyrics that wouldn’t be out of place in a Courtney Barnett song: “you’re like a bad word, I think I misheard”. Since setting out as Bryde, Sarah Howells has proven herself to be one of the most singular vocalists and songwriters in British indie rock. She’s a powerful projectionist with a tonal range that will likely see her drawing a few comparisons to her international axe-wielding peers Angel Olsen, Mitzki and St Vincent.

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Palace – So Long Forever

Palace release their hugely anticipated spacious romantic pop debut album ‘So Long Forever’ on Fiction Records.

The album is a great summary of where Palace are as a band. It’s a culmination of very early songs and new ones. The album takes you on a journey through different emotions and ups and downs. It’s their distinctive blues sound mixed with atmosphere and epic reverb. One of the things the album deals with is loss and how they deal with those difficult situations. Whether you fall apart or it makes you stronger. ‘So Long Forever’ has been produced by Adam Jaffery (Beach Baby, Dev Hynes, Francis Lung) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (The Maccabees, Florence and the Machine, Wild Beasts). For fans of Jeff Buckley, Come, The Maccabees and Fleet Foxes.

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Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter

Rough Trade Exclusive with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks The Spider and She’s in The Wall. First album of new material in seven years from Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval.

Luckily nothing has changed in the world of Hope Sandoval (the queen of melancholy) – it’s still dreamy, blissful, sensual and like no one else. When the world first heard Mazzy Star in 1990 it was totally original and 26 years later she is still much copied but never bettered.

Standout cuts include Let Me Get There – a laidback duet with Kurt Vile, Treasure which mixes the Velvet Underground and Tindersticks and Liquid Lady which is all breathy vocals and film noir twang. It’s great to have Hope back – it really is.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – A Little Something More From.

Global soul sensations, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats release a new EP. Featuring a combination of new tracks and live favourites, the 8 track collection marks the end of what has been a phenomenal 18 months for the Night Sweats. A sold out show at the 9500 capacity Red Rocks Arena in their hometown of Denver, Colorado. Amongst the upbeat anthems, all marked with Rateliff’s winning combination of soul and classic Americana, is Just To Talk To You, a stripped back, blues gem of a track. Reminiscent of 2010’s solo album In Memory of Loss, the slide guitar and warm, gentle vocal glide around each other, demonstrating Rateliff’s innate ability to make the space left in a song just as vital as the music.

Scottish duo Honeyblood guitarist Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers have shared the title track from their new album ‘Babes Never Die’, and rather a good one it is too.

Out November 4th via FatCat Records, it follows the great track ‘Sea Hearts’ and ‘Ready For The Magic’ in displaying that same infectious, feisty spirit of big guitars and singalong chorus.

Honeyblood are on tour in the UK dates in November at the Bodega Nottingham, with the added extra of Manchester band Pins as support .

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This Glaswegian duo do feisty, fuzzed up indie rock that sticks two fingers up at heartbreak.

If you’re not familiar with Glasgow duo Honeyblood, it’s OK, but right now is the time to play catch up. Next month they release their second album, Babes Never Dieand their latest taster is the song “Sea Hearts,” premiering below, it definately does not disappoint.

It’s fuzzed up, 90s-indebted indie rock that’ll make you wanna mosh and destroy stuff and do shots and headbang and run real fast and ride your bike with your hands nowhere near the handlebars.

“Sea Hearts” is about that intense sort of friendship that makes you feel invincible,” says Stina. “Together you can weather any heartbreak and in turn, cause havoc.” I’m sure you have too Stina.

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Honeyblood – No Big Deal/Black Cloud (FatCat Records): The Scottish duo bring their characteristically sarcastic and observant lyricism to the forefront with this brilliant tale of a love that’s lost its lustre, accompanied by a B-Side version of ‘Black Cloud’. This is a double A-side 7″ from the Glaswegian duo is brimming with jangly riffs with a fuzzy, grungy sound. Both songs have a energetic buzz .

 

With a release on the last Record Store Day 2015 , The Scottish two-piece Honeyblood have shared new track ‘The Black Cloud’ .

Describing ‘The black Cloud’, front-woman Stina Tweeddale says:

‘The Black Cloud’ is an ode to the people who keep you strong. Everyone has days when they feel like it’s over, it’s just good to remember that it will always pass. I’m also excited about this one as it’s a bit heavier and fast-paced than many songs on the album.”

‘The Black Cloud’ will be released on a run of limited edition 7” vinyl via Fat Cat Records.

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Honeyblood has just released their first single “Ready for the Magic” off their second album, Babes Never Die due out November 4th via Fat Cat Records. The track starts off with heavy drum beats, shredding guitar riffs and fierce, confident vocals. Stina Tweeddale has this haunting, magical quality in her straightforward lyrics and hooking melodies. Honeyblood is duo Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers out of Glasgow, Scotland. Forming in 2012 and releasing their first self-titled LP in 2014. I get caught up in their music and I can’t wait for this next album, because like Honeyblood, I am waiting on the next release with delighted anticipation .

A haunting video that kind of explodes in your face… “I can’t get seem to get you off my mind”

Glasgow’s melodic indie-rock duo Honeyblood find themselves caught up in a very sinister & spiritual affair in their “Ready For The Magic” video;

Honeyblood’s new single ‘Ready For The Magic’ from the forthcoming album ‘Babes Never Die’. Out 4th November on Fat Cat Records.