Honeyblood are back with a new album, Babes Never Die, out today in America and next week on these shores.

Their self-titled debut album resembled in places a scuzzy Sundays or as I seem to recall suggesting on a previous post here, ‘Strawberry Switchblade with a snarl’. It was one of my favourite albums of 2014.

Produced by James Dring, the lead-off single from Babes Never Die, Ready For The Magic, is like a cross between Elastica and Sleater-Kinney, and easily one of the best singles so far this year and now a second single, Sea Hearts, demonstrates the fact that Honeyblood are very possibly the hottest new band in Scotland and by hot I mean hip ‘n’ happening although the statement might also apply in the other sense too.

If the standard of these two tracks is kept up then the album is dead cert to be in the running for next year’s SAY Award and maybe even the Mercury Prize too. Well, if there’s any justice.

The gals are currently on the road in the US of A and they’ll be performing shows in Britain very shortly.

For more on Honeyblood, here’s the link for their official site or here you go for their Facebook page.

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Next up is an act that I came across recently on The Next Big Thing. I know very little about Zelators other than they are one of many exciting modern day garage bands emerging from Madrid at the moment, that they recently supported Detroit cult act Death and, like Honeyblood, they’re currently touring in the States.

This, their second single, One Way Lover:


Wanna find out more. Brush up on your Spanish and head here.

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Rituals evolved from a few different musical projects including The Merrylees, who I had high hopes for and whose single, Forever More, I featured here.

If Madness had decided to become goths they might have sounded not unlike Rituals.

Actually, listening to their debut single, maybe Madness should have become goths.

Just out on the Skeleton Key imprint, this is Black River:


Rituals will be playing their debut show tomorrow night at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms. Tickets are only £5.

For more on Rituals click here.

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