Words & Photos: Victoria Sanders
When you've been around music for any given amount of time, it's inevitable that you meet people who are part of your tribe. The folks that make your soul happy, and even if you don't see them often, they're the type of friends you hold on to for life.
Rewind a year or so ago, and a fantastic, and new, Scottish band had started making quiet waves on the internet. That band, Prides, shared a song by Honeyblood. The Glasgow-based duo led by Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale. The song kicked my ass, it was the best thing I had heard in a long while. As luck would have it, Honeyblood was about to head out on tour opening for another Scottish band, We Were Promised Jetpacks.
I met Stina at that show, and stayed in contact via the interwebs. We did a little interview for Vinyl Me, Please, because I like to share music, and when it's this good, you want to share it with everyone. After that, Honeyblood came back to the US in the summer of 2014 and played some hot and sweaty street fests and late night gigs all over the place.
This year, I photographed a few of their shows, first, on their tour opening for 2:54, and most recently, on their week long run with (yet another Scottish band,) Belle and Sebastian.
It's a great thing to be able to support females in the music industry, but even more so, to support your friends. Plus, it's a great help when they've basically written your theme song (see Killer Bangs).
This summer, you can catch Honeyblood at the Aviemore Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour alongside Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, The Maccabees, and many more.
Their most recent single, 'No Big Deal,' is on Soundcloud now (scroll to the bottom of the page), and is smashing. Grab their debut record through Fat Cat Records. Even more so, support some damn fine music.
There are moments you know you have to capture as a photographer because it makes for a great photograph, and then there are moments you know you have to capture because you're part of an experience that you want to be certain your friend has a permanent memory of.