Black Honey’s third studio album ‘A Fistful Of Peaches’ comes pressed to picture disc LP with fold-out dart-board sleeve, signed by the band, hand-numbered to order and limited to 1,000 copies.
Rising from cult underground favorites on their self-titled 2018 debut through to a genuine breakthrough success story on 2021’s Top 10-charting follow up ‘Written & Directed’ has seen them recently support the likes of Liam Gallagher, The Libertines, IDLES, The Vaccines and more, on top of their own sold out headline touring.
On ‘A Fistful of Peaches’ - Black Honey’s most personal, revealing album yet and a record that embraces every side: the palatable and the monstrous, the hopeful and the pitch black - Izzy suggests, “If the vibe of ‘Written & Directed’ was creating this whole Tarantino world and this safe space of me almost refusing help and saying I was fine, then with this album it’s the opposite. Lockdown had happened, I’d had two years of not writing anything and feeling like my entire purpose had gone down the drain, I’d been in intense therapy which was exhausting, and what came out was just me regurgitating things from my entire life and building my brain cells back to how they should be,” she explains. “I’ve had to be more honest and vulnerable with myself, but I feel like I’d be disservicing anyone who spends their time and passion and energy into this project to not fucking unveil it all.”
Where ‘Written & Directed’ showcased a band able to dip into seemingly disparate genres and pull them together into their own, its follow-up feels more pointed and streamlined. The almighty album opener ‘Charlie Bronson’ and the first track they shared from the album, is possibly the weightiest, most gnarly track the quartet have penned to date. Then came the woozily anthemic ‘Out of My Mind’ showcasing a different side to the band’s capabilities. They are still able to swing from poppier dynamics on ‘Cut The Cord’ into a full on mosh-inducing chorus on ‘Tombstone’, but uniting them all with a more solidified outlook than ever. On the sweeping, Killers soar of ‘OK’, the singer looks outwards to a friend in need, craving a place filled with less worry.
As Izzy summarises: “Most of this record is me trying to figure out where the line is between normal mental health and when you’re having breakdowns every day that then become part of normal. I thought everyone cried everyday, I thought everyone had traumatic flashbacks and nightmares. This album is like, what the fuck? I didn’t have to have that? It’s like opening a new door to a future that I didn’t think possible, but it’s also soured by the realisation that I had to suffer through so much that I shouldn’t have had to. I don’t know what I’ll make next but it won’t be where I was when I made this.”
Please note that Blood Records is a pre-ordering platform and this record is due for release on March 17th 2023. All images for illustrative purposes.