Roundhouse – 19th March 2016 | Photos by Carla Salvatore
Too much hype around a new band can bring high expectations, especially when you’re booked to headline Roundhouse Rising Festival, with the title in itself suggesting the probable deliverance of great things. Over the last few years Black Honey have been busting a gut to make it onto every worthy festival line-up for newcomers, with their 2015 performance at Brighton’s The Great Escape their most notable show that sparked excitement between music industry types. But now, Black Honey are on the edge of hitting the mainstream. Not only is their debut album imminent, but their live shows are causing a shake up in the indie-rock circuit.
A hot and sweaty full capacity room in the Roundhouse basement is where tonight’s show is held, with the band’s lead singer, Izzy B Phillips, clad in head-to-toe rock star attire. The band’s recent trip to Milan Fashion Week, surrounding them with journalist/blogger types during Roberto Cavalli’s after show party, was a huge boost for their credentials in the style stakes. The thing with Black Honey, their appearance is extremely cool and crafted – as Izzy is more than happy to prove as she struts around in her custom-made glittery pink Cavalli boots and shirt.
Luckily, there are still occasions when a band’s live show backs up the publicity and Black Honey are certainly one of these acts. Crowd pleaser ‘Corrine’ allows the audience to chant along to the catchy pop track that’s light hearted and full of energy. Yet it’s the darker tracks that aren’t featured online yet that really raise the bar high – the appreciation for new music doesn’t go unnoticed in the audience either, as everyone waits with baited breath to see whether their new material can hold it’s ground. The answer is, yes, yes it can and if tonight’s show is anything to go by the debut album is going to be an absolute joy-ride filled with uplifting sing-along indie-youth albums, infused with psychedelic guitar solo meltdowns and vocal angst and attitude. We can hardly wait.
Black Honey, ones to watch? Most definitely. Black Honey, on to world domination? They certainly have the potential. Watch this space.