Brighton-based indie rock four-piece Black Honey have returned with a new track called Run For Cover, a song that feels ready for the arenas but has to be enjoyed from the armchairs (for now, at least).
Though the band has slowed down after the release of their self-titled debut album in 2018, Run For Cover is just what we need to kick off the lockdown cobwebs. It is an uber-cool, bass-heavy track which shows off the charisma and style that the band have become known for.
The band is composed of Izzy B. Phillips, Chris Ostler, Tommy Taylor and Alex Woodward, though they enlisted the help of close friend (and one half of another indie band Royal Blood) Miles Kerr for this song – their second release of 2020, following Beaches – reflecting how things have been kicked up a few notches for the band since their debut album.
Prior to 2020, before the band had plenty of time to reflect (and to plan the new, exciting direction this track suggests the band are heading in), Black Honey enjoyed great success. They released their self-titled album in 2018 to high acclaim and embarked on an immense touring schedule, performed at Glastonbury several times and achieved a Number One album.
Phillips has previously talked about how the song is about sex, and how it can be clumsy, emotional and complex; something which is reflected in the lyrics “Broken machine, built to obey/I wanna suffer in these sheets where I play”. The song was also written from a man’s perspective, which I think is an interesting idea, showing the dynamics of power and weakness at play.
They might be yet to follow up their debut album but, if Run For Cover is our first experience of what’s to come, I’m looking forward to what’s next for Black Honey.