It’s great when an evening in Manhattan involves a cool breeze, a free concert, and two amazing Scottish bands, the legendary Teenage Fanclub and exciting newcomers Honeyblood. Teenage Fanclub themselves were a cool breeze, with Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley’s soft, lithe vocals wafting into the air alongside the zing of their electric guitars. At the end of their set, it took just a short guitar intro and six small words to set everyone in the audience singing: “She wears denim wherever she goes…” from what is perhaps their biggest hit, “The Concept.”
Honeyblood, who released their self-titled debut album last week, are drummer Shona McVicar and guitarist/vocalist Stina Tweeddale. In the grand tradition of bands like the Black Keys, though they may be short on band members, they are by no means short on skill. Their sound, which they call “Crunch Pop,” is jangly but gritty and lush. By only two songs into their set, the crowd begged for more.