The Skinny Q&A: Honeyblood + The Twilight Sad

Honeyblood's Stina Tweeddale and The Twilight Sad's James Graham on their favourite foods, what they're most scared of, which celebrities they could take in a fight and more

Feature | 15 Jan 2020
  • Stina Tweeddale and James Graham

What’s your favourite place to visit?
Stina Tweeddale: I’ve been very lucky to tour all over the world and have fallen in love with so many places on my travels. I’ve got a few but I guess Melbourne or Portland top the list for me.
James Graham: St. Cyrus Beach on a bright winter’s day with my family.

Favourite food?
ST: I could eat tacos every day for the rest of my life.
JG: Pizza. Neapolitan style. My favourite place to eat in the world is Roberta’s in NYC. The pizza is the best and I have so many happy memories of being there with friends.

Favourite colour and why?
ST: Green – I’ve always been in love with it. It’s got very calming qualities.
JG: Black. Goth. Or Red.

Who was your hero growing up?
ST: A hybrid of Daria and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
JG: My Dad – and he still is.

Whose work inspires you now?
ST: I’m inspired by the young women working tirelessly on their dreams and artistic vision. The older I get, the more inspired I am by the generations coming up after my own.
JG: Grant Hutchison. Everything he’s done with the Tiny Changes charity and his new business re:stalk inspires me to be a better person and to make the most of the time I’ve been given.

What three people would you invite to your dinner party and what are you cooking?
ST: Věra Chytilová, Sylvia Plath and Vesta Tilley. I’m serving the patriarchy.
JG: Robert Smith, Billy Connolly and Carrie Fisher. Pizza… Or I make a pretty good vegetarian Mediterranean tart. Then for dessert we’d have a white chocolate and Malteser cheesecake. Then we’d listen to Bowie all night.

What’s your all time favourite album?
ST: Ah! You aren’t making this easy! Pod by The Breeders was integral in my sonic awakening.
JG: ABBA Gold. I suppose people would expect something miserable. Of course I love miserable stuff, but ABBA makes me feel good and I like that now and again. Plus they talk about Glasgow in a tune which is cool.

What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen?
ST: I’ve seen a bunch! Killer Klowns from Outer Space is pretty bad/amazing.
JG: Attack of The Clones is pish. The Room is the worst, but also one of the best I’ve seen. Actually Batman & Robin is horrendous.

What book would you take to a desert island?
ST: Dracula by Bram Stoker. I’ve read it so many times and it still gives me the creeps. I’m not into new vampire stories, the original is the best.
JG: I, Partridge or The Wicked + The Divine series by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie.

Who’s the worst?
ST: There’s a lot of terrible people out there. At the moment it’s Boris Johnson.
JG: Me.

When did you last cry?
ST: About 15 minutes ago. I’m a serial crier, I feel pretty deeply.
JG: Yesterday. The day before yesterday. The day before that. The day before that I watched E.T. again... tears... lots of tears.

What are you most scared of?
ST: I’m terrified that A.I. is going to find the human race obsolete and wipe us off the face of the planet.
JG: Disappointing people.

When did you last vomit and why?
ST: A few weeks ago after drinking too much wine and eating too many mince pies probably.
JG: The day after our gig in Mexico City with The Cure. Mezcal and tequila. It’s one of the best gigs we’ve ever played and the crowd were phenomenal. One of the best nights of my life. Then I overindulged a little with the local delicacies, the next morning wasn’t fun.

Tell us a secret?
ST: I don’t know all the chords.
JG: I have a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering and I can’t wire a plug.

Which celebrity could you take in a fight?
ST: I’m gonna choose Jodie Comer as Villanelle because after she beat my ass I know we'd hug it out and go get cake.
JG: I’d like to take on all internet 'influencers' or that Jacob Rees-Mogg cunt.

If you could be reincarnated as an animal, which animal would it be?
ST: An otter, the cat-dog of the water with cute baby hands.
JG: A complete shite hawk.

Honeyblood play MacArts, Galashiels, 1 Feb
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