IT has been just over two years since Honeyblood received widespread acclaim for their second LP ‘Babes Never Die’; a defiant call-to-arms record that promoted strong themes of empowerment and solidarity through a series of relentlessly infectious hooks and crunching guitar lines.

Now the band are back but no longer as a two-piece. With a third album on the way, chief songwriter and lead vocalist Stina Tweeddale has stepped forward to claim the mantle of the project that she brought to life seven years ago and it has resulted in some of her most ambitious and focused songwriting to date. Along with the announcement of the new album which has been produced by John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St Vincent), Tweeddale has heralded the beginning of this exciting new era with the release of preview track ‘The Third Degree’.

Revisiting her penchant for infectious hooks with a gritty, punk-rock edge, ‘The Third Degree’ recalls The Ronettes in its booming drums as well as the captivating intrigue of St Vincent. Slicker than previous outings, it’s still Honeyblood through and through though; Tweeddale’s delivery is every bit as sharp as we remember, her lyrics are brilliantly direct and the guitars are loud and electrifying. We get the impression though that this time around, she won’t necessarily be tied down to the scuzzy days of yesteryear.

Honeyblood’s third album In Plain Sight arrives on 24th May via Marathon Artists. Tweeddale has announced details of a length UK tour which will see her play Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and play Glasgow’s Stag and Dagger Festival on 5th May.

Check out the track and video below.