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Honeyglaze Q&A: “we stopped touring because we were moving on to new things”

Honeyglaze band (Yuri Shibuici, Anouska Sokolow, Tim Curtis)

The venue was already at full capacity when we arrived at Strange Brew for Honeyglaze’s set. Weaving around two buildings, the queue finds it’s starting poit at the entrance of a very confused Chinese restaurant.
“Are you here for a the Chinese?”
“No. Everyone’s here for Honeyglaze.”

It appears that, despite the absence of new music for around two years, Honeyglaze are the ones to see at Bristol’s Simple Things festival; an inner-city celebration of the alternative scene. The trio, formed of Anouska Sokolow, Tim Curtis and Yuri Shibuichi, performed with unphased nonchalance – an ease that indicates the band’s effortless harmony.

We met them backstage after their set, the walls vibrating from the now bustling venue. The throbbing red stage lights of the next band creeping through the door frame.

“This is quite intense,” drummer Yuri notes. “Quite an ominous backdrop for an interview.”

the setting strangely serves as reminder of Honeyglaze’s performance style, which seems to starkly contrast the trio’s oftentimes demure and collected demeanour.

How’s your night been? Have you ever played Bristol before?
Anouska Sokolow: Yes, we have! We played the Rough Trade.
Tim Curtis: Trinity, Thekla. Loads of places.

Yes! I think the last time I saw you was the Nottingham Dot to Dot.
AS: Yes!

So your debut album arrived six months after the first single came out. Why were you so keen to skip the EP phase?
TC: That was our producer, actually.
AS: When we first met our producer [Speedy Wunderground‘s Dan Carey] he was very excited about working together. He immediately suggested the idea of doing it outright. He had a live set we had done in mind. He kind of just wanted to record that sound as album; record it straight through.

That must of felt like a big compliment.
AS: Yeah, definitely, that someone believed in something we’d played like that.
Yuri Shibuici: He was just like “We need to get these out, now”.
AS: I think that’s part of the appeal.

How was the campaign? Going straight into just releasing a body of work?
AS: Because we didn’t really know any better. We were fresh. So we’d only been together what felt like couple of months before.

Oh, wow. I didn’t know that! That’s wild – going straight into all this.
TC: That was it. It was all momentum. We just kept going, and we didn’t know any better. Just followed the ride. It was good during lockdown – stopped things from getting boring.

Another thing I found when researching was your Facebook bio.
AS: Ohhh…

“Honeyglaze is the ungodly fusion of 3 humans into a clamouring superorganism. It eats only fish, and demands undistracted and constant worship. FFO Power Rangers, Salvador Dalí”
AS: Yep!
YS: Is it still that?
TC: And on Spotify I think.
AS: That was from like the first three weeks of being a band.
TC: I feel quite sentimental about it.
YS: Yeah, let’s not change it.

Is the ‘FFO, Power Rangers, Salvador Dali’ each one of you? Or is it you as a collective?
TC: I think the Power Rangers was meant to be us three uniting? You know when they used to all put their hands in a circle.
YS: Dali?
TC: I have no idea about that.

To seem cultured I presume.
TC: Ha! Probably.

How have you spent the last two years, since that time then? How’s the dynamic changed? Still Power Rangers?
TC: Definitely still Power Rangers! I feel like it’s, it’s slow down quite a bit. I think the first year was pretty intense. We did a lot of touring. And then, we sort of stopped touring because we were moving on to new things, writing the next ‘stuff’.
YS: It’s been a very intense year and then a very relaxed year.

Do you like that the difference?
TC: It’s the nature of it.
YS: It’s different. Maybe needed. Would be nice to have something more consistent.

What’s coming up on the horizon? Anything in the works?
TC: Are we allowed to say?
AS: Oh, I don’t know! We haven’t been properly prepped on this question!

If you can’t I’ll just write ‘Big things coming soon’.
YS: Yeah! That’s always a good one.
TC: Very soon.
AS: Wait – stop!
TC: Okay! There’s nothing coming.
YS: Honeyglaze have given up on music. Just write that’ll we’ll be back for our ten year reunion.
TC: We can tell you off the record!

Whilst we await big things which may or may not be coming soon, Honeyglaze’s patient fanbase will have to be content with their sporadic festival spots. Pick up a spring roll and get to the back of the queue: if their stellar 2022 eponymous debut album is anything to go by, it’s going to be worth the wait.

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