Black Honey – BIMM Brighton graduates and shining lights of the UK’s independent rock scene – released their debut album to incredibly positive reviews this September. The album reached number 4 in the vinyl chart, number 2 in the 7 Inch Chart and reached number 33 in UK Album poll as the highest charting debut. The independently released LP even scored the number one spot in the official cassette tape chart; an appropriate achievement to suit the groups’ retro aesthetic.
Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Izzy Bee Phillips, Tommy Taylor (Bass) Chris Olstler (Guitar) and Tom Dewhurst (Drums), Black Honey are every inch the effortlessly cool rock stars they appear to be. The sound they’ve captured on their debut LP however, shows that there’s much more to this quartet than meets the eye.
As the flagship single ‘Midnight’ brilliantly demonstrates, Black Honey have distilled years of experience and a vivid plethora of influences down to a fine blend of pop rock immediacy without sacrificing the all-important punk rock attitude which has served them so well up until this point. Here’s what the band had to say on this landmark achievement.
“We’re so excited to be at the point where we can share our debut album with the world! We’ve been working towards this point for years and are so proud of what we’ve created. It’s been years of hard work in the making – we’ve played shows all over the world to get our name out there, from playing in pubs to 10 people, to playing arenas and festivals to thousands, and set up our own label to release the album. There have been so many ups and downs but it’s been such a ride, and we wouldn’t change it for the world. We’re just getting started!”