Honeyblood @ Summerhall, Edinburgh, 3 Jun
With Honeyblood's new three-piece outfit still a little rough around the edges, it's the old anthems which make clear that Stina Tweeddale's band are still on the up
Honeyblood have felt on the verge of a massive breakthrough for a long time. Ever since Stina Tweeddale and then-drummer Shona McVicar first bashed their way through early single Bud, there’s been a sense Honeyblood are just on the brink of stardom.
Now on their third album (and their third drummer), they still haven’t quite released a classic record or smashed their way into the upper echelons of the charts. All of this is a shame because, as tonight’s show proves, at their best they deserve an audience going nuts like the kids in the Smells Like Teen Spirit video. All the more shame then that tonight’s Edinburgh audience never quite click above a gentle shuffle.
The gut-rattling live bass of (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here, from Honeyblood's eponymous 2014 debut, lends a new element to the group’s lo-fi grunge rock sound but it’s still the old anthems which make skipping the first episode of this year's Love Island worthwhile, from an energetic Super Rat to a heartfelt Fall Forever.
The chemistry of this new three-piece Honeyblood line-up is still in its early days and there’s the odd rather rough intro or outro but by the time Tweeddale tells the crowd "that’s all the songs the girls know" and returns to the stage for a solo rendition of Bud, it’s clear that Honeyblood’s path is still onwards and upwards. It’s just taking a little while longer to reach their destination.