Bath's Novatines have been with us for a few years now and have garnered a growing reputation amongst those who like their rock. Along the way, they've played alongside Alabama 3, Arcane Roots, and Sweet. Their association with Sweet has continued with the band's Andy Scott helping out here on production. Novatines have been based with Scott in Peter Gabriel's "Real World Studios" and dripping out a number of tasters for an album, the latest of which is ‘Honey’.
Crunchy power chords that could easily have descended from the guitar of Dave Grohl open things before experiencing a further surge of power about thirty seconds in. Then the lyrical refrain struts in with a swagger, addressing how we should think for ourselves and not be influenced by what society feeds us, or as singer Jamie Beale puts it, "taking yourself off the conveyor belt".
‘Honey's’ riff-heavy grunge comes and goes in a little over two minutes but leaves a big impression. Following it's lyrical refrain, it breaks down and feeds us some electric-shock guitars before building to a close with the chant of "I'm wrecking ball, wrecking balling". Positive words have come from those in the rock world, Steve Lamacq included. On this evidence, they're deserved and I only hope Novatines get a chance to get their show back on the road soon.
Written By Matt Nicholson