Scotland votes for (or against) independence this week, but in the realm of rock music, Glasgow's Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar of Honeyblood have seized upon their own ferociously indie spirit as a winning ticket. The pair—singer/guitarist Tweeddale and drummer McVicar—met serendipitously when they were both in other bands. They found common ground in a mutual affection for artists like PJ Harvey, Best Coast, the Breeders and Elastica, eschewed recruiting a bass player and began writing and recording together. Their first release was a lo-fi two-track cassette, the Thrift Shop EP, which they recorded with a single microphone and a 4-track tape deck in a bathroom. Shortly after that release, Tweeddale and McVicar nervously played their first live show in February 2012 where they caught the eye of FatCat Records founder Alex Knight, who not only bought the pair's handmade merchandise but began the process of mentoring them, eventually signing Honeyblood to the label.