By Natalie Greener
They came and they conquered. A successful UK tour following the release of Black Honey’s debut album, this band is reaching unimaginable heights.
Pop infused with a hint of vintage elegance, Izzy-Bee Phillips has gone more extreme than ever before whilst fronting this niche indie rock band. Usually taking advantage of stripped back sets and intimate performances, it was a pleasant shock to see the showmanship and shazam Black Honey brought to the Riverside, Newcastle.
Equipped with neon lights and just as edgy support bands, this tour was destined to be a hit.
We all know and love the Black Honey aesthetic but their new music is something to be adored. Including collaborations with current chart toppers, Royal Blood, the band from Brighton have set their standards high. Bigger isn’t always better but in Black Honey’s case they should always aim for the most impactful live show because they always pull it off. They don’t just sound like every other contemporary indie rock/pop band trying to break the scene – instead they aren’t afraid to shake things up and step out of their comfort zone.
They do the opposite and most unexpected thing to contrast with their image yet it always seems to flow. We saw this during their Riverside set when the Black Honey anthems such as Hello Today, Corrine and All My Pride went hand in hand with the more orthodox tracks featured on the album. My personal favourite live is Baby, adding a more sentimental and vulnerable side to the girl power image Izzy portrays. The song reminds us all that music is an outlet. We should take the experience of seeing such a raw moment on stage and embrace, share and use it with those around us. Put your phone away and just take in the hundreds of people moving as one – be in the moment.
On a lighter side, Black Honey know how to party. Midnight has a disco inspired vibe that is appealing to every member of the congregation. A groovy chorus and a dance routine to accompany it, this track really knows how to get people moving.
Now conquering Europe with support from Pins and Russo, it is no surprise Black Honey are on the bill with alternative icons, Wolf Alice. I’d say keep an eye out for them but you are going to see them coming from a mile away. You have no idea what’s just hit you… they’re called Black Honey.