BLOOD WINE OR HONEY (SUN)HK
Surrounded by the throb of heavy machinery, the scent of dried fish and the humidity of the South China Sea, electronic outfit Blood Wine or Honey have honed their manic hypno-tropicalia in the industrial warehouses and hidden rural hamlets of Hong Kong.
BWoH are seasoned multi-instrumentalists James Banbury (synths, bass, cello), Shane Aspegren (drums, synths, electronics) and Joseph von Hess (saxophone, wind instruments, percussion). Collectively, their witch’s brew of brazen sax themes, lo-fi/hi-tech electronics, motorik drums, group-sung vocals, wonky tactics and party palpitations induces a ritualistically euphoric sound experience, taking notes from post-punk, dance floor experimentation, bass/sound-system music and tropical polyrhythms.
Following two enthusiastically received EPs— 'Anxious Party People' and 'Loosefoot'—the band's hotly anticipated debut album 'Fear & Celebration' was released on Do Right! in June 2018, garnering a 4-star review in Mojo and 'Vinyl Of The Month' at The Arts Desk. The band are described by BBC6 Music's Tom Ravenscroft thus: “...the brilliant Blood Wine or Honey ... a stimulating blend of tribal rhythms, electro-psych and afro-beat”.
After BWoH's live debut at Sonar Festival HK in 2017, their breakout track 'Anxious Party People' (Plastic Pagan 2017) shook dance floors all over the world, receiving a nomination at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards for 'Track Of The Year’ and catching the attention of major radio outlets such as BBC 6 Music (UK), Radio Nova (FR), Worldwide FM, Beats In Space (US), RTE (IE), Radio Bern (CH), NTS, Radio X (DE), CR2 903 (HK), and Bandcamp Weekly.
The band now have more music on the way, with a blistering remix for the mighty On The Corner Records and an original track for the legendary Pussyfoot label due for release in the near future.