Black Honey Release New Album ‘A Fistful of Peaches’
Black Honey releases A Fistful of Peaches , the third album from the Brighton four-piece led by firebrand front person Izzy Bee Phillips alongside guitarist Chris Ostler, bassist Tommy Taylor and drummer Alex Woodward. The album arrives with new highlight single ‘Cut the Cord’, which was preceded by recent track ‘OK’ – currently spinning on the BBC Radio 1 playlist. With an appearance at London’s Rough Trade East tonight, the band will support the new album with a run of further instore shows across next week, followed immediately by a 15 date tour across the UK, closing with a show at London’s KOKO.
Rising from cult underground favourites on their self-titled 2018 debut through to a genuine breakthrough success story on previous album – 2021’s Top 10-charting Written & Directed – Black Honey have amassed a legion of fans to their constantly shifting canon of fizzing, visceral indie and nostalgia-soaked pop. The first track they shared from the album was almighty opener ‘Charlie Bronson,’ possibly the weightiest, most gnarly track the quartet have penned to date.
Then came the woozily anthemic ‘Out of My Mind’ showcasing a different side to the band’s capabilities. This was followed by the grunge-laden ‘Heavy’, outsider’s anthem ‘Up Against It’ and platonic love letter ‘OK’. They are still able to swing from poppier dynamics on new gems like ‘Cut The Cord’ and into a full on mosh-inducing chorus as seen on ‘Tombstone’, but every track is united by an outlook that feels more solidified than ever.
A Fistful of Peaches is Black Honey’s most personal, revealing album yet and a record that embraces every side: the palatable and the monstrous, the hopeful and the pitch black. Where Written & Directed showcased a band able to dip into seemingly disparate genres and pull them together into their own, its follow-up feels more pointed and streamlined. Their third album still rings with the same musical sass that’s seen them easily find a home on the Academy and Arena stages of the country, but it’s also found a new space that’s less indebted to outside influence – to a sort of cultural moodboard of their inspirations – and more just about their real, lived experience in the world. As a document of a person and a band in constant development, A Fistful of Peaches is Black Honey’s most important one yet.
As Izzy summarises: “Most of this record is me trying to figure out where the line is between normal mental health and when you’re having breakdowns every day that then become part of normal. I thought everyone cried everyday, I thought everyone had traumatic flashbacks and nightmares. This album is like, what the fuck? I didn’t have to have that? It’s like opening a new door to a future that I didn’t think possible, but it’s also soured by the realisation that I had to suffer through so much that I shouldn’t have had to. I don’t know what I’ll make next but it won’t be where I was when I made this.”
Black Honey – A Fistful of Peaches – Live Dates
17/03/23 | London | Rough Trade East
18/03/23 | Crawley | HMV
18/03/23 | Brighton | Resident
19/03/23 | Cardiff | HMV
19/03/23 | Bristol | Rough Trade
20/03/23 | Bournemouth | Vinilo
20/03/23 | Southampton | Vinilo
21/03/23 | Portsmouth | Pie & Vinyl
22/03/23 | Oxford | Truck
23/03/23 | Nottingham | Rough Trade
A Fistful of Peaches Tour Dates:
24/03/23 | Bedford – Esquires
25/03/23 | Norwich – Arts Centre
26/03/23 | Birmingham – O2 Academy2
28/03/23 | Exeter – Cavern
29/03/23 | Bristol – Thekla
31/03/23 | Brighton – CHALK
01/04/23 | Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
02/04/23 | Sheffield – Foundry
04/04/23 | Manchester – Gorilla
05/04/23 | Newcastle – University
06/04/23 | Glasgow – Classic Grand
08/04/23 | Liverpool – District
09/04/23 | Stoke – Sugarmill
11/04/23 | Southend – Chinnerys
12/04/23 | London – KOKO