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3/10/17


Black Honey
's just-released "Somebody Better" is the alt/rock, musical equivalent of Beyoncé swinging that bat in the sunshine-colored dress with a smile that says "I'm a bit unhinged, but at least I fucking own it."

It's a cathartic anthem.

"I made a pretty big mess of things, and I guess this is me trying to make a good thing of a bad situation," explains singer Izzy B Phillips. "It feels like, subconsciously, you will always self sabotage and only ever hurt the people closest to you. Its a reflection on the pain I caused as well as confronting myself. I cant live in regret and I only learn things the hard way."

This is the kind of song you trash a room to. That said, its punk attitude is undoubtedly softened by an ebullient melody and hopeful intent.

The band released their Headspin EP to critical acclaim back in April 2016, before embarking on U.K. tour dates with Catfish and the Bottlemen and releasing single "Hello Today," which was spotlighted by NPR All Songs Considered and described as a track that "features catchy, loud pop guitar and the robust vocals of Izzy B. Phillips. With a guitar intro that reminds Bob of The Smiths, this song is about ignoring the failures of your past and pushing forward for a brighter future." The four-piece is going back out on the road at the end of March; Manchester's Ruby Lounge is already sold-out and tickets to other gigs are going fast.

Vogue described Phillips as "a Debbie Harry for 2016," and in 2015, Black Honey was the Most Blogged About U.K. Artist, NME's New Artist of The Week and The Guardian's New Band of the Week. They were also featured as a part of DIY's Class of 2016. As for "Somebody Better," tastemaker Huw Stephens gave the song it's first play on BBC Radio 1 earlier this week.

Moral of the story? Listen to Black Honey.