Tarantino pop perfect for listeners who savour a tad of sassiness in their indie tunes
The shimmery indie pop quartet fronted by the charismatic Izzy Philips (plus Chris Ostler, Tommy Taylor and Tom Dewhurst) have proven their tenacity and determination. Starting in Brighton in 2014 and with one album and two EPs under their belt, the band has become keen favourites on Spotify – If you’re a fan of bands like Best Coast or Hinds, Black Honey will surely be for your liking.
Annoyingly cool lead-singer Izzy looks right out of a bygone-era: think Thelma and Louise amalgamated into one kick-ass lady, who happens to swing by Woodstock every year, glam-rock flares fluttering, glitter in abundance. The rest of the band don’t appear like a support group to the main lady either, but rather a fantastical compliment: the twanging surf-rock guitars and thrashing drums support Izzy’s sultry voice and mesmerizing stage presence.
Q & A.
THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE THE BLACK HONEY STYLE.
Fierce. Messy. Zero-Fucks
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY OF MUSIC MAKING FOR YOU?
Really varied sometimes it’s me playing guitar in my knickers to drum loops watching Wes Anderson movies. Sometimes long hours of recording sometimes structuring and rebuilding ideas in the studio with the guys.
WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCE AND INSPIRATIONS?
It’s like we cherry picked contradicting sounds from different eras of Blondie, The Beatles, Post Punk, Warhol and pop music then stuck them together with glitter glue to make a Tarrantino movie soundtrack.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR FASHION. DO YOU MAKE YOUR OWN OUTFITS?
I like to feel like I’m a character in a movie, and after watching a lot of RuPaul I realised that to be truly unique you kind of need to invent your own style. My sewing is a total fucking mess but that doesn’t stop me from ordering my body weight of glitter trims and embroidered snakes and adding them obsessively to my Charity shop garment I own.