"How we could expand but still keep what we had going..." - hmv.com talks to Honeyblood
As they release their second album Babes Never Die (which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page), we chat to Scottish power punk Honeyblood vocalist/guitarist Stina Tweeddale about folk tales and keeping their raw power while expanding their sound...
When did you start work on what would become Babes Never Die?
"After we came back from our tour in 2015 of the US I got home and wrote the song 'Babes Never Die'. That was the starting point for the album."
How did you want this album to move on from what you did on your self-titled album?
"We really put a lot of thought into the dynamic of a duo, how we could expand but still keep what we had going. It was a real process and a bit of problem-solving!"
You worked with James Dring on the album, what did he give you as a producer?
"He was so patient and great to collaborate with. We really enjoyed his spin on the songs and what he added to them."
What song on the album took the longest to get right?
"'Love Is A Disease' took the longest. It was the second song written and it was when we figuring out the dynamic shift. When I got the melody right I was overjoyed, after a good month trying to do it!"
Which came together most quickly?
"Either 'Sea Hearts' or 'Cruel', which were the last two written for the album. They both kinda poured out in a day."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme running through it?
"Very much so. The themes are quite dark but meant to be tongue in cheek."
Who are some of the lyricists you look to for inspiration?
"I read a lot and take a lot from folk tales or stories. Pretty much every song on the album pulls something from somewhere else."
When did you settle on the title of Babes Never Die? Were any other titles in the running?
"I think it was when the first song was written, it was always going to be Babes Never Die."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"We've already been touring it! It's been great playing a full new set and excited for our crowds when they get to know the songs!"