Music review: Honeyblood, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow

WHEN drummer Cat Myers left Honeyblood last year, the former duo officially became a solo project for singer-songwriter/guitarist Stina Tweeddale. This tour-launching gig at her old alma mater, while troubled with teething problems, suggested that she’s more than capable of going it alone.

Honeyblood's Stina Tweeddale is now a solo effort. Picture: Robert Perry

Honeyblood, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow ***

Not that she was literally alone on stage: Myers has been replaced by bassist Anna Donigan and drummer Debbie Knox-Hewson. Tweeddale admitted that several songs from new album In Plain Sight had never been performed live before. That was occasionally all too apparent.

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Fortunately, they were able to laugh it off when the freshly minted likes of The Tarantella required a couple of false starts to get going. Plus the crowd were on their side, which is more than could be said for Tweeddale’s gremlin-beset guitar.

While struggling with yet another technical issue, a supportive fan bought her a tequila. That’s devotion. These minor setbacks weren’t enough to scupper a performance which proved beyond doubt that Tweeddale hasn’t lost her seemingly effortless knack for writing instantly memorable fuzz-pop hooks. In a parallel ‘70s universe, the glam-stomping A Kiss From The Devil could’ve been a huge hit for Suzi Quatro.

Honeyblood’s winning formula hasn’t really changed: Tweeddale’s glucose vocals spread over fat, distorted riffs is a gift that keeps on giving. As long as she keeps conjuring earworms in that sugary vein, there’s no need for her to branch off in a different direction. Tonight she just about triumphed against the odds.

PAUL WHITELAW