Bonjour Monsieur, Black Honey have stormed onto the scene in the last year. After impressing at last years Great Escape Festival and now having released a string of tremendous EPs, Black Honey rounded of their latest tour of the UK with a triumphant sold out headline show at Brighton's infamous Concorde 2. For a band without an album they have a surprising number of standout tracks, their live set doesn't feel like it's missing anything. It is full of crowd pleasers and classics with tracks such as Spinning Wheel, All My Pride, Hello Today and Corrine. The entire crowd were behind the band from the get go, with mosh-pits, sing-a-longs and plenty of dancing. It was clear to see that Black Honey are here to stay and have amassed a well earned following.
Smashed Vinyl’s Ewan Atkinson got the chance to speak to Izzy, Black Honey’s charismatic front-woman, for our second print issue.
Just like Smashed Vinyl, you guys are from Brighton! Do you think Brighton has had an influence on your music?
In Brighton you are kind of celebrated and expected to be different. It was so important for us to grow our project organically, in a really creative environment that wasn’t London.
How was it selling out the Concrode 2?
We have been going there for years. We have seen tons of bands play there it was a real honour to play at such a heritage venue.
Are there plans for a full-length album anytime soon?
It’s all top secret at the moment. But keep your ears to the ground for some announcements.
How much has the band changed since you first formed?
It’s strange because we don’t really see the change. I mean I guess we work with more direction and conviction now, though I feel like the ideas and the outline was always there. Any band would change after 3 years of touring but I don’t know how much they would see it. Though it feels great to be on an upward trajectory.
How are you finding it being an unsigned band?
We are unsigned and I’m loving it, not that I wouldn’t sign a deal if the right one came through. Its like we are this kind of bad ass gang against the world right now, all the success we have is our own. I think It would have to be a pretty hard working label to compete with what we have done off our own backs.
You guys tour a lot! Is it a necessity or do you just love being on the road?
Yeah, we love the road. Our tours are quite well spaced we always keep time to write and chill out too.
Do you have any good tour stories?
Well this week we lost Tom in Newcastle and found him half naked at 5am in a red magicians fez aboard Slaves sleeper bus.
Do you think your DIY ethos has been central to your outlook on music?
Yeah, It’s kinda interesting how things are changing at the moment, also hard to not be a DIY band in this day and age. We don’t need money thrown at us to have success, its really funny because a lot of people we meet assume we have a huge marketing team and loads of budget, wich could not be further from the truth. I take it as a compliment to how fierce, creative and hard working we are. We just entered the vinyl chart at number 1 for our ‘Hello Today’ single, with no label and honestly this is just the start.
*Originally appeared in print issue no. 2 which you can still get here*