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 multi-instrumentalists / vocalists James Banbury (synths, bass, cello, etc), Shane Aspegren (drums, synths, electronics, etc) and Joseph von Hess (saxophone, wind instruments, percussion, etc). Collectively, their witch's brew of brazen sax themes, lo-fi/hi-tech electronics, motorik drums, group-sung vocals, wonky tactics and party palpitations results in a ritualistically euphoric sound experience, taking notes from post-punk, dance floor experimentation, bass/soundsystem music and tropical polyrhythms.
Their hotly anticipated debut album 'Fear & Celebration' is the culmination of a painstaking process of writing, recording and production for the trio. After the band's live debut at Sonar Festival Hong Kong, their breakout track 'Anxious Party People' shocked dancefloors all over the world, receiving a shortlist 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), KCRW (US), CR2 903 (HK), Worldwide FM, NTS and Bandcamp Weekly: bandcamp.com?show=254
This is deep dance-floor for every mind's ear.
"pretty damn sophisticated"
"The brilliant Blood Wine or Honey"
Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music
"I’m catching a flight to Hong Kong with one aim — to see these guys"
"Post-punk sax mingled with ghostly choruses and lo-fi hi-tech electronics...this is a party worth joining"
"The sheer unbridled fun that these guys have bled into this song (Fear & Celebration) will pull you jumping and diving through its 7 minutes, wanting much more to follow."
"...thoroughly welcomes the listener into its samba parade carnival of interweaving drums, chants and saxophone”
The Arts Desk