Blood Like Honey may be new on the scene, but they certainly have the confidence that says they mean business. Their first single, the hard-hitting yet wonderfully antithetic 100ml, was released in late 2016 and quickly became BBC Introducing in Norfolk and BBC Radio Norfolk’s Track of the Week.
The boys first started practising together in an old horse stable which had been converted into a make-shift rehearsal space. Here, they not only established their punchy, melodic sound, but also their name; upon being harassed by flies one hot evening, it was singer, Josh, who remarked that he must have blood like honey. And the rest, as they say, is history.
And the wait for new music is almost over, as the band are due to release their debut EP Haunt Me /Love Me on 3rd March 2017. The EP has been recorded and produced by the band’s very own Thomas Joy. It contains 5 tracks which themes include the relationship with emotion, the human mind and how positivity can come from negativity.
To celebrate the release of the EP the band will be playing a special show at The Owl Sanctuary in Norwich, on the 3rd March alongside their friends Chapter of Wolves.
The band consists of Joshua Batch, Tom Joy and James Richardson.
Check out 100ml below!
We managed to catch up with James as he talked about the upcoming EP, fans, proudest moment and more!
So you will release Haunt Me / Love Me in March, how pumped are you for this?
Beyond excited! We’ve all put nearly a year’s worth of work into this EP and March cannot come quick enough!
Tell us about the EP
It’s almost a concept E.P, telling stories about a year of my personal life that held a lot of dark times for me. We’ve described it as ‘ying against yang’ , about finding the positivity within the negative and how that may not be in a harmonious balance. The songs are emotional, layered yet raw which goes alongside the music we make.
What is your favourite song from the release?
My personal favourite is Melatonin, from the opening riff all the way to the heavy, fuzzy ending. The E.P name is lifted from the chorus of the song. It’s also my favourite song to play live.
Is this any different from any other releases?
This is our first release, but all of us had been involved with bands who’ve released e.p’s, but we have all agreed that this release is the one we have been most passionate about, the release that we wanted to put all of our heart and soul in to getting people to hear our music. It’s a great mantra for us to have as the feedback we’ve already received has been humbling and reminds us why we do what we do.
What does it mean to you when you see fans listen to your music?
Everything. A feeling that, unfortunately, is hard to put into words!
What’s it like listening to yourselves on the radio?
I’m still pinching myself! I was with my partner when 100ml, was first played on Radio Norfolk and the realisation that it isn’t just you listening, is something amazing.
If you could work with any band on a new song, who would it be and why?
I am sure that each of us would have varying answers, so if you’ll allow me, it will be a congregate of people, a super-group if you will. 1: Adam “Nolly” Getgood of Periphery. 2.Andrew Groves of Arcane Roots and 3. Atom Willard of Against Me! I’m not sure how that would sound but it would be a lot of fun.
Have you guys got any gigs lined up?
We have a show at Norwich Owl Sanctuary with our good friends in Chapter of Wolves on March the 3rd, where we will be releasing our E.P and we’ve just confirmed to open for Burn the Headlines, an amazing hard rock band from Norwich at the Open Clubroom on Saturday the 15th of April.
What has been your proudest moment as a band to date?
This E.P, the release, talking to you right now and the fans we’re getting because of it. When we started in a make shift practice room in an old horse stable, this felt like a time that we could have only have dreamt of and now we’re here, we don’t want to stop.