HONEYBLOOD

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

BABES NEVER DIE FAT CAT, OUT NOW Ir­re­sistible sec­ond al­bum from Scot­tish garage-rock duo.

Any­one who so much as walked past the door of an in­die gig in the ’ 90s is likely to be plunged into a vivid flash­back se­quence by Babes Never Die, a record that makes you feel woe­fully un­der­dressed if you’re not wear­ing DMs while you lis­ten to it. Sea Hearts and Love Is A Dis­ease pay heavy homage to The Del­ga­dos and their Chemikal Un­der­ground friends, while Cruel could be a round-edged, safety-scis­sors ver­sion of Throw­ing Muses. Court­ney Love and Kim Deal have clearly leaned over Honeyblood’s cra­dle too, be­stow­ing abun­dant gifts of at­ti­tude and melody. Yet de­spite their retro qual­i­ties, front­woman Stina Tweed­dale and drum­mer Cat My­ers en­sure Babes Never Die is far from mu­si­cal pas­sive smok­ing, Sis­ter Wolf and Justine, Mis­ery Queen high­light­ing the pair’s abil­ity to twist their songs into new, po­tently al­lur­ing shapes. VIC­TO­RIA SE­GAL

Lis­ten To: Sea Hearts | Love Is A Dis­ease | Cruel Kids

Honeyblood (Stina Tweed­dale, left, and Cat My­ers): “abun­dant gifts of at­ti­tude and melody.”

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