Who is this?
Black Honey are a four-piece garage rock band from Brighton, who despite their air of mystery have made a massive impression at small venues and city festivals across the UK. The band released their first demo E.P last year, a menacing yet sophisticated first outing from the band, and have gone on to produce their first single “Madonna”. Black Honey are playing an array of festivals this summer including Tramlines, Kendal Calling and Reading & Leeds.
What do they sound like?
Their music is inspired by 60s rock and garage music but with a dark, sinister twist that borders on hellish. It’s menacing and energetic, compete with rock growls, huge riffs and a bouncy tempo. “Madonna” is full of playful guitar riffs, wonderfully layered and animated, that bring out the menacing vibrancy of Black Honey. The chorus on the other hand is loud and bold, packed with clashing symbols and heavy riffs for a pile-up of garage noise. It’s a tantalising seduction of darkness. Vocals from front woman Izzy B Phillips are like a dark concoction of Nancy Sinatra and Karen O, louring and sweet, with a wicked conviction. “Spinning Wheel” could fit straight in to the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction with its film-noir influences and 60s surf rock sound. Packed with surf licks, a groovy drum beat and dramatic squeals, it showcases another side to Black Honey, a more experimental, tongue-in-cheek style that still encapsulates the menacing sweetness that this band is all about.
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What’s the final verdict?
Black Honey, as the name suggests, are dark, sweet and sticky. There music is intriguing, exciting and mysterious and most importantly, it’s different to all the other thrashing garage music that’s out there. You’d be a fool not to catch them at a festival this summer!
Words by Guy Arrowsmith.