Honeyblood – Edinburgh Summerhall (June 3rd 2019)

HONEYBLOOD take to the stage of Edinburgh’s Summerhall to a capacity Monday night crowd. The hometown gig comes midway through their 28-date No Drama tour promoting third album ‘In Plain Sight.’

Summerhall is just the venue for a rock gig – there are parcans hung at jaunty angles and a mirrorball hanging over the audience. Many of whom have clearly seen plenty of gigs in their time and fit the profile of a BBC 6Music listener.

First in the set is ‘Sea Hearts’ which starts with words “sipping tequila” and sets the tone for the evening, harking back to a time when it seemed that Jack Daniels was the favoured hard liquor of almost every rock musician.

New material features early in the set, with The Third Degree and its catchy “drama, drama baby” chorus. It’s a loud gig, with good sound engineering making a palpable difference. There’s a great rock vibe and Tweeddale is clearly a talented songwriter with thoughtful, introspective lyrics and comparisons to Nineties’ favourites The Breeders are well deserved.

The driving force behind Honeyblood is hard-working Scottish songwriter Stina Tweeddale on guitar and vocals. Following a support slot for Garbage on their 2018 UK tour, she set about writing the latest album, recording it in nine days.

It’s a well-balanced set with new songs Gibberish and Glimmer interlock nicely with radio-friendly Babes Never Die, the second album’s title track, and Killer Bangs from the eponymous debut. There’s a positive response when introducing ‘(I’d rather be) Anywhere but Here’ that she “wrote this in Glasgow”.

The set finishes on a high with current single She’s A Nightmare and the powerful Ready For The Magic. Usually encore-free, Tweeddale returns to the stage to perform a solo, as “we’ve done all the songs the girls know” and ‘Bud’ closes the evening. Tequila slammers all round!

Honeyblood, Edinburgh (1daverobertson)

Honeyblood are on tour across Britain in May and June; In Plain Sight is available now.