They say good things come in pairs and that’s certainly true for garage rock. From The Black Keys to The White Stripes, the genre is at it best when stripped down to just a guitar, a voice and clattering drums. While the ‘Stripes may be no more and the Black Keys might be a little past their prime, the form is finding new hope in Scottish twosome Honeyblood. Having already cut their teeth touring with the likes of Courtney Barnett the duo will be roaming the UK in support of their most recent album Babes Never Die. Before they rumble into town next month, we got frontwoman Stina to breakdown the influences behind their latest record and give us a taste of what to expect in April.
The 70s is definitely my favourite era. I love the classic rock aesthetic of the decade and bands like Free and more theatrical Alex Harvey band and New York Dolls. I also have a great love for 70’s disco, Abba and The Bee Gees.
I love the classic fairy tales by Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. They have always been a source of inspiration for imagery in lyric writing and something I went back to as reference while writing the album Babes Never Die .
I LOVE Star Trek and have done since I was a tiny kid. I used to think it was a sort of dream world of the future. I’m a fan of the original series but I have a soft spot for The Next Generation.
This is my favourite movie. It directly inspired the creation of Honeyblood and everything I have ever done creatively. Visually it’s captivating and the message is still extremely relevant to todays youth.
Without finding out about Riot Grrrl in my teens, I doubt I would have ever picked up an electric guitar and started my first band.
I’m not into Vampires as a genre, not Twilight or Vampire Diaries… only the classic Dracula. I’ve read the book a lot of times and I especially enjoy Gary Oldman’s performance (Winona Forever!) but Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee also have a special place in my heart. The story of Dracula directly inspired the song Love Is A Disease!
I love Jenny Holzers work and she has inspired so many great artists over the years. I think it’s a wonderfully bold way of art reflecting the times and hopefully making people think about the way they live their lives.
I studied Scottish History at University and one of my most favourite topics was King James VI & I and his obsession with witches. This text was written as a guideline on witchcraft and it’s dangers. It is also where Shakespear got inspiration for his play Macbeth.