Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Black Honey’s New Single ‘OK’ Reassures Us It’s Okay To Be Okay

A self-titled debut album in 2018 followed by 2021’s chart-topping ‘Written & Directed’, has ensured Black Honey’s reputation for bringing indie rock numbers which exude fearless vulnerability. With their new single ‘OK,’ the Brighton-based band continue to do the same.

For Black Honey it was a quick rise from cult favourite to tour headliners. With numerous praises from NME and being handpicked to support the likes of IDLESThe Vaccines and The Libertines, the band have amassed a crowd of devoted ears. Fans in all different forms gathered across the UK for their tour back in late 2021, drawn in by their valuable message of self-acceptance. 

In the same vein, ‘OK’ reassures listeners that constant happiness is impossible, sometimes being okay is simply enough. While confronting unrealistic expectations of happiness, the single also dissects the challenging balancing act of feeling ill-equipped to help someone close to you, however much you may try. “You think that you got this don’t you/I sound like a hypocrite right now” frontperson Izzy Baxter Phillips sings.

Placed in the Americanised setting of Romeo’s Motel and Diner, Black Honey’s accompanying music video depicts an armour-clad Phillips fighting to save a relationship. We see through a glitchy old-school lens a queer love story, soundtracked using a classic rise-and-fall structure deployed by punchy riffs from guitarist Chris Ostler and Alex Woodward’s crash-heavy drumming.

Following tracks including ‘Heavy’ and ‘Up Against It’, this new single features on Black Honey’s upcoming third album ‘A Fistful of Peaches’ set for release next month.   

Maebh Springbett


Image: ‘OK’ Official Single Cover

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