First Listen: The Honeyfire – Replica
- Replica The Honeyfire 3:20
Sisters Sally and Natalie Joiner are The Honeyfire, a dream-pop guitar band hailing from Bristol, UK.
Their enchanting harmonies and textured guitar lines reveal an honest and endearing bond between the siblings. Blending themes of fear, failed love across dreamscapes thorugh their poetic lyrics, these ethereal songstresses captivate their audiences with dark and hauntingly beautiful live performances.
Sally and Natalie began writing and performing together from a young age. During their musical development the pair were briefly joined by drummer Anja Quinn and they began to make a name for themselves supporting national touring artists, such as Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and Bristol’s very own She Makes War, also receiving radio play from BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing.
The Honeyfire recorded their self-titled debut album with Jim Barr (Portishead and Get The Blessing) at his Bristol studio. With a sound ranging from the energetic driving guitar riffs of ‘Parallel’ to the a cappella vocals and music made on a saw in ‘Unheard Voice’, the album was released in December 2014 through Bristol based Jelli Records and was met with widespread critical acclaim.
Having performed at various festivals including Lakefest, Nibley Festival and the Bristol Acoustic Music Festival where they appeared alongside Chris Wood, Stackridge and Thea Gilmore, September 2015 saw the band performing at The London Acoustic Show before reverting to their two piece line up.
Sally and Natalie continue to perform across the UK alongside writing and recording material for release in 2016 and 2017. The sisters also host a monthly radio show on Pirate Nation Radio.
This deer headbutted Sally when we tried to take a cute photo. pic.twitter.com/41F1oRh9Dy
- Sally: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Ukulele
- Natalie: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Autoharp, Bass Guitar“
The sweet harmonies…combined with the considered arrangements and polished sound have produced a deceptively low-key yet passionate album whose hidden depths repay careful listening.”
Folk Radio UK
“I’m liking this a lot!”
Richard Pitt, BBC Introducing In The West
“Likeable sister act, The Honeyfire, caught my ear for their delicate instrumentation and empathic harmonies”
“all the haunting qualities of the title track to a particularly fraught Scandi crime drama. I’m rather enthralled.”
The Crack Magazine
“Within these flames you will find the quietude and charms of folk, the fragility and drama of post-punk, the woozy hit of dreampop and the lightest touch of psychedelia. And the voices… the voices… soaring…”
“The beautifully textural instrumentation, including the playing of a saw, and seamlessly intermingling harmonies lulled the audience into a dedicated silence as they exhibited tracks from their debut album to be released this month on Jelli records.”
Somerset County Gazette
“These girls are on fire! Not to be missed!”
Bristol Woman Magazine
“chilling harmonies weaving through driving guitar strings and drums whilst adding the delicate piano and folk strings to make a shimmering sound that’s rightfully diverse and elegant.”
“Just absolutely gorgeous, Road Signs by The Honeyfire. Dark, mysterious but very beautiful.”
James Hyden, BSR FM
UK Live Dates:
- Sat 24th Sep – Carnival Records, Great Malvern, Worcestershire
- Fri 14th Oct – Lilico’s, Barnstaple, Devon
- Thu 20th Oct – The Louisiana, Bristol
- Sun 23rd Oct – Bedroom Bar, London
- Sun 30th Oct – Mesmerist, Brighton