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DR. MARTENS SPEAKS TO BLACK HONEY

Ahead of their latest UK tour, we caught up with colourful Brighton based band Black Honey about their successes, relationship with DM’s and plans for the year ahead…

Black Honey. Photo by Charlotte Patmore.
Black Honey. Photo by Charlotte Patmore.

For those who don’t know Black Honey, how would you sum yourselves up in a sentence?
A bittersweet light/dark romance, crossing the border to Mexico in a Caddy.

The band give off a strong Hollywood/ Americana image. Would you say this is the biggest influence within your music?
Though I am obsessed with Americana through my love of iconic films, we are influenced by so much more. We love The Beatles, Warhol culture, European architecture, vintage fashion and anything 50s/60s/70s.

2016 was a whirlwind of excitement for you guys; from a UK tour, working the festival circuit to releasing an E.P. Looking back on the year, what were your personal highlights?
I mean fuck, its really hard to pick just one, there was touring Japan and Korea, performing at Milan Fashion Week for Roberto Cavalli. We toured with Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ash and Slaves. We sold out all of our headline tours as well as making a western music video in the Joshua tree desert.

Black Honey. Photo by Charlotte Patmore.
Black Honey. Photo by Charlotte Patmore.

What are you most excited for about the year ahead?
Making our debut LP to our standards and on our terms.

Tell us about your first Dr. Martens:
I was 16, working my first ever job in a popular American diner. The ice machine used to leak in the kitchen and seep through my shoes, so I saved up all my wages for two months on something like £3.70 an hour to buy my first beloved pair. I wish I could tell myself back then that there would be a picture of me performing in every Dr Martens store around the world!

Black Honey. Photo by Charlotte Patmore.
Black Honey. Photo by Charlotte Patmore.

Name three tracks you can’t get enough of:
‘Another Girl Another Planet’ The Only Ones.
‘Runaway’ Del Shannon
‘Trouble’ Cage the Elephant.

What’s your favourite thing about the city you live in?
Brighton is an amazing city full of artists, you are expected and encouraged to think differently.

And finally, what do you stand for?
Be different, celebrate weird, live fast, love often and don’t let anyone or anything come between you and your dreams.

Find out more about Black Honey on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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