Black Honey continue to receive plaudits and acclaim aplenty since being named Guardian band of the week last December. The mysterious rockers claim they enjoy being Brighton’s best kept secret. Well the cat’s out of the bag kids, an increasing reputation for ferocious live shows, where their powerful blend of nostalgic indie grunge noise and Izzy Baxter’s rasping vocals has been filling venues and mosh pits with eager audiences. Think 80’s shoegazers Lush. Now, we’d normally run a mile if a band started blathering on about girl power, but with tongues firmly ensconced in post modern cheeks we’ll make an exception for Dream Wife. The Icelandic/Brightonian triumvirate named themselves after a surprisingly subversive, for its time, romcom starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. The girls make deliciously simple bubble gum power pop, colourful grunge melodies laced with knowing looks and sly humour. Originally an art school piss take they’ve evolved into an uproarious live act possessed with a gloriously technicolour visual flair. Singer Rakel Mjöll’s Icelandic twang lends a peculiarly sweet exoticism to the big fat yeah yeah yeah riffs, great fun.

Mon 10 Oct 7pm at The Courtyard, Rainbow Pub, 160 High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0LD £7.70


Mon 10 Oct
Giles Logan
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Sat 1 Oct 2016