Honeyblood – The Sugarmill

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Honeyblood have a great stage presence and react to the crowd with as much enthusiasm as they put into playing their music.

Here they are supported by the 90s indie influenced, Fears Chella, made-up of vocalist, Andy Gannon, bassist Tom O’Neill, guitarist Chris Hewitt and drummer Ben Tansey. Fears Chella’s debut single ‘Cool’ is your typical standard indie rock track, with superbly loud guitar riffs.

‘Cool’ was featured as BBC Introducing’s ‘Record Of The Week’ and the band has recently announced that they are working on new single ‘Girlfriend’ to be released in the new year. The band also supported All Tvvins on their UK tour last month, possibly cementing a  regular spot at The Sugarmill.

Second act, PINS are a female five-piece hailing from Manchester forming back in 2011. Singer/guitarist Faith Holgate, guitarist Lois McDonald, bassist Anna Donigan, and drummer Sophie Galpin released their second album in the summer last year.

The band play most of their latest album ‘Wild Nights’ with tracks ‘Young Girls’ and ‘Too Little Too Late’. The lead guitar lines are extremely catchy, the rhythm section is smooth yet heavy, and Faith Vern has a great pop voice. When the rest of the band round up for the harmonies PINS sound unstoppable, like a tidal wave of classic pop and wiry, angular guitar thrills moulding a bigger, more accomplished sound to their name.

Honeyblood come onto the stage with huge confidence – the female duo, Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers recently released their second album ‘Babes Never Die’ at the beginning of this month.

They play every song from their debut album, and much to everyone’s enjoyment grab your attention not only during the songs but in between them. It isn’t just a set, it’s a show. Making small talk with the crowd, and even taking items of clothing off during the set, but don’t worry, there were clothes on underneath if that’s what you was thinking.

Towards the end, when you would expect the band to go off stage leaving an awkward moment for fans standing around wondering if they will come back on, Honeyblood completely mock the encore ritual, metaphorically sticking up two fingers to the tradition and instead having their own awkward moment on stage before going into their last two songs.

It works, and their strong stage presence shows they can work an intimate gig just as well as the festival stages they’ve become familiar with in the past two years.

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