The Brighton based Black Honey have created a certain enigma and allure around their identity, after originally only accompanying their online tracks with elusive 1950s TV screens as artwork. As one of the most in-demand bands of festival bills this summer, from The Great Escape and Kendal Calling to Reading & Leeds, their mystery is becoming unraveled.
The 60s-esque garage rock duo mix the sweet with the sour, on Americana enthused surf-rock tracks with a bite. Described previously as the ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ Black Honey’s bold voiced lead singer Izzy Bee struts a seductive-pop prowess.
The group, consisting of the former members of noise-pop band Kill Moon, with an additional member, packs revitalizing energy in their leading track ‘Madonna’. Sauntering guitars engulf Bee’s prowling attitude-filled vocals, which dare to be crude, ‘Tell me how you sleep, I’ll drag you back from every dream… I know just what you did and when you pulled out did you think of me? ’
Check out their latest track Madonna:
Blinking out from beneath an appeasing sound of 90s fuzz, raise the Birmingham shoe gazers Gleam. Despite having only performed their first gig back in February, the guitar hazy four-piece are already on their rise to recognition.
Bringing the energy of 2015 to sounds galvanized by the likes of Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers, ‘Isn’t Real’ demonstrates a band on their way to fuzzy indie-pop greatness.
Have a listen to Gleam’s track Isn’t Real:
Written by: Emily Schofield