Before we catch them at Leadmill this weekend, we chat with the brilliant Brighton-based band, Black Honey, about their upcoming tour with Queens of the Stoneage, female empowerment and about this pesky debut album which is still yet to surface…
Hey Black Honey! So you’ve been creating music together for a few years now, how does it feel to finally be releasing your debut album?
So so good, it really feels right for us!
What or who do you think were your biggest influences for the album?
Love, Cult movies, weird pop music from all eras and the road.
Can you tell us more about the smaller shows you’re going to be playing before your album is released?
We are stoked to hit up all the great smaller cities that we missed out last time. We have never played Stoke or Hull before for example. We love playing to smaller rooms to the crowds are the most nuts when everyone’s piled in sweating and singing along.
What has been the most special performance you’ve done to date and why?
This one is hard…. Well, touring japan was pretty up there, then the arena tour we did with Royal Blood for 6 weeks across Europe was crazy. But all time I think must be playing the John Peel stage at Glasto. We had never been so we made this kinda pact between us that we wouldn’t go till we played. What a stage to make an entry! It was fucking worth the wait!
Is there a particular place that you love performing?
In the UK, basically anywhere north of London, we love Sheffield and Manchester. Tommy is from Glasgow so we feel really at home there too.
How does it feel to be supporting rock’n’roll legends Queens of the Stone Age later this year?
Oh my god everyone on the Queens line up is insane! Iggy Pop, The Hives, Run The Jewels, Brody Dalle! I’ll probably be crying backstage every time Iggy walks past!
Who are some other artists you would love to support?
We always say we would love to support Cage the Elephant cause their records are our drunk van anthems on the road. Be cool to do America with like Lana Del Rey or even Kali Uchis would be ace.
Lizzy, you’re a huge inspiration many people, and your stance on female empowerment and equality is admirable. Do you think that since starting out as a band there has been any change in this, particularly in the music industry?
Firstly, thank you! That means a lot to me. So the honest answer is that I don’t know, I can’t vouch for what the industry was like before I joined and probably haven’t been in it properly or long enough to watch an evolution in front of me. Though if I was to make a guess based on the reflection of culture that music has, I reckon it was a lot harder back in the day. I hope you can ask me this question in 20 years and I’ll tell all about the diversity of rock stars kicking the doors in for the rest of culture.
What would be your dream festival to headline and what would your dream line-up looks like?
I think it’s gotta be Glasto, the line-up would be with Elvis, an Ennio Morricone orchestra, Bridgitte Bardot duet with Serge Gainsbourg, The Spice Girls, Nancy Sinatra, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse and with Marilyn singing happy birthday set to big fireworks for the finale.
Sounds plausible! What’s your next step after festival season ends?
Release our debut album baby! Watch out for announcements! There will be a headline tour and millions more to come so keep your ears to the ground.
Thanks for the chat!
You can catch Black Honey at the following shows and festivals in 2018:
Fri 11 May: The Leadmill Sheffield,
Sun 13 May: The Globe Cardiff,
Mon 14 May: O2 Academy 2 Oxford Oxford,
Tue 15 May: Wedgewood Rooms Southsea,
Sat 30 Jun: Finsbury Park London,
Thu 12 Jul— Sat 14 Jul: 2000 Trees Cheltenham,
Thu 12 Jul — Sun 15 Jul: Latitude Festival Southwold,
Thu 19 Jul — Sun 22 Jul: Truck Festival: Oxfordshire,
Fri 20 Jul — Sun 22 Jul: Tramlines: Sheffield,
Thu 26 July — Sun 29 Jul: Kendal Calling: Penrith,
Thu 30 Aug — Sat 01 Sep: Electric Fields: Dumfries, UK
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