On May 20th, Pale Honey filled London's Islington with their minimalistic rock n' roll sounds and despite the duo’s unobtrusive and modest presence, their performance was surprisingly dynamic and bold.
Ever since I first listened to Pale Honey’s debut self-titled album, I’ve been looking forward for this gig and I can say that it was a more than a rewarding and engaging sonic experience. The Islington’s stage allowed the audience to be as close to the band as possible which in turn offered a sense of intimacy and warmness. The Swedish duo appeared on stage and kick started the show effortlessly under Tuva’s discreet instructions.
Accompanied by 2 adept players, their original compositions were significantly enriched with a bass and an additional electric guitar that was played interchangeably with a midi instrument to add some electronic riffs. Yet Pale Honey retained their characteristic simplicity of resonant guitars and drum beats.
Nelly’s percussions set the tempo that varied from heavy drumming during 'Fish' and 'Tease' to more laid back beats in tender songs like 'Bandolier'. Yet regardless to the songs’ pitch, Tuva’s subdued vocals, lead and orchestrated each song skilfully.
With stripped intros, 'dirty' distorted guitars and unexpected rhythmic twists, Pale Honey won London’s audience during their first appearance in town and the show concluded leaving a real sense that the band enjoyed it as much as we did.
Review by Eirini Gialou