- by Steve Ricciutti Rating:7 Release Date:2016-11-04 Label: FatCat
Honeyblood’s latest Babes Never Die is a sweet little treat, a melodic blast of riot grrrl garage pop that is as addictive as donuts, an even dozen of them. This Scottish two-piece of Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers impress all the more because of how much they squeeze out of their spare numbers. A two-piece hasn’t made such an impression on me since Meg and Jack.
Things are largely rocking from the outset with the anthem title track and the grungy Sabbath-meets-Belly “Ready for the Magic” providing a strong opening combo. The pacing is smart as well, given “Love is a Disease,” a slow simmer of rage that has an awesome chorus. “Cruel” is quite simply a lovely little ballad and “Walking At Midnight” has an ethereal aura which encompass Stina’s bright, smooth pipes. “Justine, Misery Queen” is a snarky pop nugget “Sister Wolf” chugs along smoothly, and “Gangs” brings this album to a fuzzy close with a tasty bit of guitar riffing.
The band sought a live feel and they got it from producer Peter Katis, a wise choice that gives theses songs a resolute force. In the riot grrl rave up “Sea Hearts,” Stina shrugs, “We don’t give a fuck.” Rarely does that kind of free approach sound this good.
Final verdict; this is a solid album that impresses from the first full song (there is an intro and an outro which seem a bit out of place). In a great musical year for women, these ladies keep the highlights coming.
The first album had great harmonies. This sounds pretty good on first listen but definitely more garage as you say.
There are some sweet harmonies here, too and I like the heavier sound. I really loved it at first, but cooled a bit with more spins. On the whole, it's still pretty solid if a bit derivative.