Tonight sees Honeyblood finally return to Newcastle, and it's been a long time coming. As such, it sees them take on the larger of the two venues, packing in a hefty crowd. We unfortunately, once again, miss local support Zyna Hell, ever elusive we make a (another) mental note and endeavour to catch her next time she plays.
Yet another great duo grace the stage this evening; the latest in a long line of contemporary duos (we’ve caught Royal Blood, Deap Vally and Public Service Broadcasting before, all of whom have proved to us they can produce a noise that will rival any three, four or five piece band) and tonight is no different, as Honeyblood bursting out of the traps with pounding drums and brilliantly jangly guitars. Another band in which it’s almost impossible to believe that there’s only two of them up there. With a limited back catalogue, the girls are quick to point out that they’ll be unleashing everything they have this evening.
And what a treat this proves to be. Tracks like ‘Fall Forever’ sound amazing with the huge bright guitars and monolithic drums. We’re left aghast by the power and this is only the early part of their set; the heaving crowd enthused by the energy radiating from the stage.
Hitting their stride, ‘Choker’ goes down a storm. Arguably the best track of the evening, the drums pound and the lyrics are delivered with real purpose and grit, a real fire manifested in a snarl that perhaps isn’t as obvious in other tracks. Once again we’re taken aback by the brilliance of this twosome.
There is an odd moment in the set though where they stop to play a fan request, which came via Twitter, breaking in to a rendition of ‘Walking In The Air’. To us this seems somewhat out of character, yet it yields one of those brilliantly hilarious moments in a bands history that potentially wont be repeated for some time to come, if ever.
They close out their main set with the awesome ‘Killer Bangs’. Another bright chirpy slice of indie rock, though perhaps not as gritty as other tracks, airing slightly on the poppier side. Yet it still seems the perfect way to close out what has been something of an eclectic evening, one thing that remains constant is these girls’ talent.
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