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Black Honey Set March Release For Third Album 'A Fistful Of Peaches', Shares New Single Heavy

Wednesday, 09 November 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Black Honey have announced their third album.

The Brighton band will release 'A Fistful Of Peaches' through FoxFive Records on March 17, following up 2021's 'Written & Directed'.

As a taster, the four-piece have unveiled the new single Heavy, a grungey, anthemic rock track that was penned on the same day the band's fan club founder died. Vocalist Izzy Phillips commented:

"We wrote this song the day I found out the founder of our fan club passed away from COVID-19. We were talking about the weight of grief and the way it holds you down, about the parallels between grief and depression. The weight of mental illness and how it brings you a deeper understanding of grief. There’s always a glimmer of light though and I love how Heavy has that kind glitter darkness. It’s in my nature to become co-dependant and I think in this song I’m reaching for someone to help me climb back out. 

"I talk a bit about The NeverEnding Story as it was my first dialogue with death and depression as a child. Watching Artax the horse getting swallowed by the nothing whilst Atreyu screamed helplessly from the edges of a swamp really spoke to me."

Head below to view the song's accompanying video, directed by and starring Dakota Schiffer from the latest series of Drag Race UK. She said:

"For my directorial debut it was crucial to me that Heavy centred around the themes of trans femininity. A self-portrait of a struggling trans person who's exterior appears alluring and glamorous but is constructed out of a need for survival. That survival has led many trans people in history to endanger themselves in pursuit of euphoria. The showgirl aesthetic, the location, and the pastel colour pallet puts the creative firmly in a distinct era but everything is not as it appears. Writing the lipstick on the mirror as a reference to Butterfield 8, an infamously misogynistic movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, is the finale to a dreamscape of an evening in which the song narrates perfectly."

A statement from the band describes the forthcoming LP as their, "most personal, revealing album yet and a record that embraces every side: the palatable and the monstrous, the hopeful and the pitch black."

Phillips shared: "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."

"I’ve had to be more honest and vulnerable with myself," she continued. "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.

"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."

'A Fistful Of Peaches' tracklist:

1. Charlie Bronson
2. Heavy
3. Ups Against It
4. Out of My Mind
5. Rock Bottom
6. Cut the Cord
7. OK
8. I’m a Man
9. Nobody Knows
10. Weirdos
11. Tombstone
12. Bummer


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