Listen Up! A Review

Honeyblood’s “Babes Never Die”

honeybloodwebSome lo-fi a day keeps the doctor away, or at least that is how the fans of Honeyblood feel.

On Oct. 28, this Scottish duo released their third album “Babes Never Die” via Fat Cat Records. Throughout the last three years, the duo has been releasing an album or EP every year. Along with these, they had two singles released, one in 2014 and one in 2013.

Now the question, what is Lo-fi? According to it is   “…(sound reproduction) of or giving an impression of poor quality”. It is what some people think of as garage punk/alternative style music. Popular Lo-fi artists include Liz Phair and Beck.

Honeyblood has changed a mass amount between their self-titled album and “Babes Never Die”. The most notable change, audibly, is the calming of the music. Let’s get this right, their music is in no way calm. Yet compared to their earliest stuff, which is teen angst deluxe, it is a light breeze in the wind.

Within the band’s dynamic, there has also been changes. This includes a shift from the original drummer, Shona McVicar, to their current drummer, Cat Myers in 2014. The reason behind the change being McVicar was “not into it anymore” as stated in an interview with

With the music calming slightly, “Babes Never Die” has a new feeling compared to the other works by the duo. The album is laced with songs of breaking hearts and not being good enough. Songs such as “Sea Hearts” say things like “won’t listen to any caution…” followed quickly by “…break hearts, break hearts, break hearts that get in our way”. For some this is relatable, at least I know it is for me.

Overall Honeyblood has earned themselves a good 3.5/4 stars. If you’re into the Lo-fi vibe I would recommend Best Coast and Pavement for similar sounds.