Black Honey take No.7 spot in the Official Albums Chart

1 April, 2021

Massive congratulations are in order for BIMM Institute Brighton alumni Black Honey. The band stormed into the charts this week with their sophomore album, Written and Directed, securing the No. 7 spot in Friday’s UK Official Albums Chart. Amazing! Not only that, but they also secured the No.1 spot in the Independent Artists chart; a significant accolade for any independent band.

This isn’t the first time Black Honey has charted; their debut album, also titled Black Honey, made the charts almost three years ago, peaking at No.33.

NME and DIY Magazine gave Written and Directed 4/5 stars. The album has received widespread praise for its unapologetic and often cinematic sound. Izzy B Phillips puts her voice to good use, mixing empowering anthems and attitude-filled themes, often aiming to tear down the patriarchy and more. 

Speaking about the album in an interview with DIY magazine, front-woman Izzy B Phillips said: “We wrote three albums-worth of demos, slotting into these distinct families,” Izzy explains. “The first was a very nighttime disco ‘Drive’ soundtrack, and then I was exploring an album-ish of Motown ideas. But I just remember coming into the studio and being like, ‘Guys, we need to go heavy’. 

“It started with ‘Disinfect’ and ‘I Like The Way You Die’. I wrote both songs with Carl Barât and Olly [who played with] The Prodigy in the space of two weeks and knew that they would be the singles to slap people in the face.”

We caught up with bassist, Tommy Taylor, who had this to add: “We’ve been blown away by the support for our second album, and it’s an amazing feeling for it to make the top 10 in the UK chart and number 1 in the Independent chart. It’s been many years of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears in the making, so this has been a dream come true for us. Thanks to everyone for all the love and support!”

We’re so proud of Black Honey and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them. Find out more about our Alumni and their successes, here.

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