With the resounding sound of their self-titled debut album still fresh in our collective ears, it’s only natural that Sweden’s Pale Honey decided to showcase the majority of it in the UK’s capital.
Packing out the room of London’s burgeoning The Islington venue, the duo slinked on stage and effortlessly launched into their set. Pale Honey’s live set up saw them backed by a deft (and impressively bearded) twosome providing bass and guitar support, which served to fill out their sound to its full potential.
Singer Tulva Lodmark demurely commanded the set with some choice on-stage banter and, most strikingly, her soulful range. Her delivery gave tracks like ‘Bandolier’ and album stand-out ‘Over Your Head’ a breathless grit that propelling the songs through the crowd like a Motown meets 90s Seattle sound hybrid.
The band seemed perfectly at home delivering their singular brand of minimal rock ‘n’ roll as drummer Nelly Daltrey shook the floor with cymbal crashes and some serious tom tom action during a raucous rendition of ‘Tease’, a track that sees the band wear their QOTSA and PJ Harvey influences firmly on their sleeves.
But by the time the band burst out lead single ‘Youth’, they had hit their stride and their beaming smiles infected the bobbing crowd. They were having a good time, and it showed.
Tonight, Pale Honey proved that they are seriously honing their sound and are more than capable of fronting a fully fledged Nordic invasion. Bring it on!