Interview: Tiffany “Tuff” Sutcliffe of Mad Honey Talks ‘Satellite Aphrodite’

Without mentioning a certain blandemic that rhymes with Roman poet Ovid, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of life. As a recovering Catholic who moved from the ease of Midwestern life into the bustle of the East Coast, questions without a cross-shaped symbol to guide become much more challenging. Searching for meaning goes from easy like Sunday morning to something else. Mad Honey feel that pain, with their achingly beautiful Satellite Aphrodite. Awash in fuzz, this is a record that straddles various styles and subgenres with ease, to the point that indie rock is likely the only appropriate label, though we have grunge, shoegaze, dream pop, soul, and an emphasis on modal melodies that feels rather hymn-like. Through leaning on the collective members as personal and artistic support, Mad Honey have emerged with the perfect record for the last days of warm weather for the year: a gorgeous, evocative batch of baroque bliss.

This sense of spirituality was not accidental, as vocalist/guitarist Tiffany “Tuff” Sutcliffe states:

“I decided on the title Satellite Aphrodite a few years ago before I had written anything for the record. I was thinking a lot about how lost I felt and how lost the whole world felt. I was feeling a bit envious of people who could get through life relying on a god or religion, or anything that could give you an ounce of hope. I started searching for a guide in my own life, and through that process, I began writing the songs like I was speaking to a guardian angel archetype, whom I called Aphrodite. In a way, all the songs are me looking to her for answers. I wrote the lyrics over two years, and it occurred to me that I had forged some path all on my own to healing and self-discovery. Sometimes, the real guide is just the friends we made along the way.”

Satellite Aphrodite is available now from Deathwish. Follow Mad Honey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok for future updates.

Photo courtesy of Madi Rae Jones.

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