Indieterria Review – The Blinders at Thekla in Bristol

Event poster at Thekla

Gum Soul, White Room, The Blinders 
Thekla
Bristol
11/11/2018

11th of November 2018 was surely a day to remember. At that time each year, we celebrate National Independence Day in Poland and The Remembrance Day in the UK. This time however, for music fans, it was also the last day of the Blinders’ October/November tour supporting their debut album “Columbia”. Jokingly nicknamed “The Last Battle of Bristol” this date was hugely anticipated for several reasons. The Blinders haven’t played Bristol since their This Feeling days (February 2017 at The Stag & Hounds) and in the interviews, the band was adamant that the Johnny Dream and The Codeine Scene personas will be permanently gone. Expecting a bloody send off, fans quickly  grabbed offered tickets. The gig was not a sold out event but not many tickets remained at the door and it is safe to say that Thekla was nicely packed.  We arrived around 6:30 pm as the doors opened and we had to stand in a long queue to get inside. If you have to wait for the admission, it is a good sign that the concert will be a success.

The venue from the outside

It is a common knowledge that Thekla is one of the most unusual venues in the country. It is actually a real boat turned into music venue and when you see it for the first time, it can look really strange. Not Upside-Down strange, just strangely strange if you know what we mean. Yet, you quickly start appreciating the facilities they have: two bars (one long on the ground floor and one upstairs), upper deck with quiet seating section and a balcony, large toilets, bands quarters, rehearsal rooms, cloakroom and a large secured smoking area in the back. There is also an outside sitting area on the main deck that must be really pleasant in the summer, but it was too cold for us to go there although some locals were brave enough to sit there with cold drinks wearing nothing but shorts and a vest. To each their own as the song goes…

Johnny Dream poster exhibited at the lower bar

Better shot of the same poster – this is how A0 format looks like. Its huge!

The view of lower deck as seen from the upper bar

After leaving our bags and jackets in the cloakroom, we entered the main concert space with large scene and merch stands on the left. Previous reviews mentioned already that The Blinders selection was much smaller than on previous gigs but there is no reason to complain about it. The band sold out their vinyl records, CD’s and most of their tees and we were really happy to hear their tour manager repeating himself saying “Sorry, this is our last date, we are sold out!”. We wish all the bands we have seen this year could say the same. There were many signed posters and badges for fans to grab so nobody left the shop empty handed.

The Lower Bar

The door to the green room

Stage times

On the evening, The Blinders were supported by two bands: Gum Soul and The White Room who replaced Calva Louise for the second leg of the tour. We haven’t seen any of them playing live before, so we were looking forward to their performances, especially after reading very enthusiastic reviews. Gum Soul were the first ones to hit the stage, some 45 minutes after we arrived. Their music can be classified as college rock/grunge that is fused with typical British indie. This is a very good mix and the band played a proper, strong 30 minute set. We had a chance to quickly speak with them after their show and we learnt that they are based in Bath but they play regularly in Bristol and managed to develop a healthy fan following. It was visible as once they started playing, the first few rows were populated by their fans who knew lyrics to each of the five songs they played (“Empty Room”, “Sour”, “In & Out”, “Scratch Ignorance” and “The Knees”). We liked “Sour” the most – it is their leading single and a very good track to play live. Gum Soul have formed only in February this year, but they seem to already have a distinctive sound and they know which direction they want to go. We will be keeping an eye on them in 2019 as the band is promising new material. If you have a chance to see them play locally, please do.

The White Room are described as a psychedelic pop, a marriage of convenience between The Sparks and early David Bowie, with art rock and shoe gaze influences. They are a five piece from Brighton, known for their flamboyant sense of fashion (Simon Le Bon meets David Byrne) and stage theatrics. Their lead singer, Jake Smallwood is very charismatic and he knows how to be in the centre of attention. He grabs the microphone with both hands, walks to the edge of the scene and pushes himself as far into the audience as possible, sometimes singing mere centimetres from the gig goers’ faces. This literal, in-your-face approach, seems to be working like a charm – the girls are mesmerized, the blokes are stretching their hands to pat him on his back and shoulders. With his platinum blonde hair and  jade green shirts, Jake looks more like an actor than a musician but oh boy he can sing. His voice is crystal clear and again balances somewhere between Bowie, Le Bon and Mark Hollis. Except for Smallwood, the rest of the band comprises of Jacob Newman on guitar, Tristan Sava on keyboard, Hen Sava on drums and Josie McNamarra on bass. They have just released their double EP “Eight” and we had the pleasure of hearing all the best tracks from it: “Tomorrow Always Knew”, “Circles”, “Stole the I.V.” and “The Blue”.  The band has been around for nearly two years and they have a large and dedicated fan base. they will be on tour in the late winter/early spring of 2019, so please keep your eyes open as they might come to the (independent) venue close to you.

White Room in action

This band needs to be seen live to understand what an incredible act they are

Just like in Birmingham, once the support acts were gone and the lights dimmed, the atmosphere changed rapidly. With the headliner about to come on the stage, fans grouped tightly on the main floor and on the balcony. In certain moments, the pushing and showing in darkness got so bad that the security had to calm down  some of the most eager of fans. We sadly won’t remember the gig too well as we had to leave after the third song due to medical emergency but it was good to see the band in fantastic shape again. The show started very similar to their London gig, with Gene Wilder’s “Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” movie that quickly blended into Columbia style propaganda monologue by Patrick T. Davies. And once the monologue was finished, “Gotta Get Through” smashed our eardrums and sent the crowd into frantic pogo. “Brave New World” followed without break, only to slow down with “Where No Man Comes” and then turn into the poetic declamation of “Free The Slaves”.  We have not seen the rest of the gig but we were told that Thomas Haywood, sat on the floor among the audience singing his mantra “There is no hope” during “Swine”, Charlie McGough battered his bass with intensity not seen previously and Matty Neale nearly broke his drum set with powerful blows. Was it a great send off to Johnny Dream and a proper good bye after 22-day tour? The answer is yes.

Even if it was our first time seeing The Blinders live, those three songs would be enough to turn us into believers. This band is going places, and this is not a secret. This is the truth. They have been predestined for the greatness and they will never settle for anything else.

After all, they’ve got the divine right.

The merch stand

Merch stand

Setlist:

Gotta Get Through
L’etat C’est Moi
Brave New World
Where No Man Comes
Free the Slave
I Can’t Breathe Blues
Swine
Hate Song
Rat In a Cage
Ramona Flowers
Et Tu
Brutus/Berlin Wall
Orbit (Salmon of Alaska)

“Columbia” is available on Modern Sky UK
https://theblindersofficial

The Upper Balcony at Thekla right before The Blinders gig

Audience patiently waiting for the Columbia transmission

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We often try to photograph and film some part of performance to make sure our review is as close to the experience as possible. It it also to give our readers a chance to see how the event unfolded. Please find below some galleries for your enjoyment.

Photo gallery: Gum Soul


Photo gallery: White Room (soundcheck)


Photo gallery: White Room (performance)

 


Photo gallery: The Blinders

We have been writing extensively about the Blinders on our blog Indieterria, so please have a look if you want to know more.

Introduction to the band:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/indieterria-presents-the-blinders/
Interview with The Blinders:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/indieterria-meets-the-blinders/
Columbia review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/indieterria-review-columbia-by-the-blinders/
Columbia album performance blog:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-library-archives/
Columbia Tour blog:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-tour/
Beyond Columbia Tour:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/the-columbia-tour-continues-anno-domini-2019/
The Blinders at Castle and Falcon in Birmingham review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-castle-and-falcon-in-birmingham/

Again, our thanks go to the band and the crew for allowing us this extensive coverage.

And we are not done yet! We have seen The Blinders few weeks later in Manchester – so another blog will soon be up. Stay tuned.

Mal+Rita

Indieterria presents The Columbia Tour

Citizens of our beloved homeland!

The time has come! The great tour of Columbia is almost upon us and for the next month, we will be following The Blinders as they deliver their sermon of raw emotions, rock and roll fire and spiritual awakening to a venue near you! Vanadian Avenue will attend two concerts on our own turf. We will bring you the exclusive coverage from Birmingham and Bristol so be prepared for live streams, videos and pictures from the front row.

The Flag of Columbia will be flying high!

The Columbia Library Archives will still be updated daily including the radio plays, articles, interviews and everything else so please use it if you need any resources for your reviews, interviews and everything else.
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-library-archives/

You can also use the previous links to familiarize yourself with the state approved publications:

Introduction to the band:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/indieterria-presents-the-blinders/
Interview with The Blinders:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/indieterria-meets-the-blinders/
Columbia Review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/indieterria-review-columbia-by-the-blinders/

This entry will be dedicated to the tour exclusively. We will try to collect all materials that will be published on various social media to keep everything tour-related in one place.

For the next month and a half, The Blinders will be travelling all over the UK bringing their music to their fans and shaking the old walls of Columbia until they crumble into a pile of dust. The tour starts in Manchester on 15th of October and will end up with the Last Battle of Bristol on 11th of November. The 22-date tour is the second this year and already several shows are sold out or running very low on tickets. The Blinders will be supported by White Room and Calva Louise on alternative dates so please consider coming to the shows twice as both support acts are incredibly good and it is worth seeing them both live.

The Blinders tour with The White Room and Calva Louise as support acts at the beginning of week 1

And at the beginning of week two – 7 shows sold out and 7 running very low on tickets (less than 20 tickets left)

Third leg of the tour and 9 sold out gigs. Out of 22 shows, that’s nearly 40% of the tour being sold out! Nice!

Merch:
It is not possible to go on a national tour without a whole range of t-shirts and other memorabilia. This time, the band prepared coasters, stickers, three different shirts to choose from, bags, lighters, posters and many other items. Some of them you can see on the pictures below:

The bags

Some of the good and their prices.

Coasters

Thomas Haywood signing posters that will be available in the shop

The official merch store – picture courtesy of https://artfulmtb.blogspot.com

Stage:
There is a new scenography for the tour and it is in the darkest shades of crimson! The colour of blood is visible on posters and stickers, the Columbia banners that are proudly displayed on both sides of the stage and the lighting. You can see the picture of Charlie standing on the stage just before the last rehearsal. There is apparently a shocking beginning to the set too but you will not hear any spoilers form us!

New stage order and new colours

And here is one of the first pictures taken during the Manchester show: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-CXgKBFWM/

Reviews:
The reviews are already pouring in and we will be gathering them all to show you how well the tour has been prepared.
We have made a screenshot  from Twitter to show you several opinions.

Twitter reviews

http://www.brumlive.com/blinders-castle-falcon-23-october-2018 (Castle and Falcon, Birmingham)
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-castle-and-falcon-in-birmingham/ (Castle and Falcon, Birmingham)
https://wordsformusic.blog/2018/10/25/live-review-the-blinders-swn-festival-cardiff/ (SWN Cardiff)
https://www.sunderlandecho.com/whats-on/music/review-the-blinders-calva-louise-baltic-the-cluny-newcastle-1-9401680 (Cluny, Newcastle)
https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/whats-on/music/gig-review-the-blinders-at-brudenell-social-club-leeds-1-9422297 (Brudenell Social Club, Leeds)
http://jamesbooton15.wixsite.com/boot-music/single-post/2018/10/31/The-Blinders-Live-Arts-Club-Liverpool-291018 (Arts Club, Liverpool)
https://trackdoseblog.com/2018/10/31/the-blinders-arts-club-liverpool-29-10-18/ (Arts Club, Liverpool)
http://www.gigjunkies.com/band-reviews/the-blinders-calva-louise-at-brudenell-social-club-leeds-uk-28th-october-2018/ (Brudenell Social Club, Leeds)
https://www.gigsoupmusic.com/reviews/festival-review/swn-festival-2018-live-review/ (SWN Festival, Cardiff)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2018/11/the-blinders-white-room-sweet-deals-on.html (The Ferrett, Preston)
http://bristolinstereo.com/the-blinders-preview (Thekla preview, Bristol)
https://mockitmusic.wixsite.com/mockitmusic/home/2q-festival-lincoln-3rd-nov (2Q Festival, Lincoln)
https://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2018/11/11/they-played-a-blinder-in-brighton/  (The Haunt,  Brighton)
https://brightonsfinest.com/html/8-reviews/4349-the-blinders-the-haunt-brighton-10th-november-2018  (The Haunt,  Brighton)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2018/11/live-review-not-so-much-blinding-as-breathtaking-the-blinders-bristol-thekla (Thekla, Bristol)
https://brightonsource.co.uk/reviews/the-blinders-and-white-room-review/ (The Haunt, Brighton)
https://www.theedgesusu.co.uk/live/reviews/2018/11/13/review-the-blinders-at-heartbreakers-southampton/ (Heartbreakers, Southampton)
https://jasminehodge.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-blinders-return-to-southampton-live.html (Heartbreakers, Southampton)
https://syncmusicblog.com/2018/11/15/live-the-blinders/ (Heartbreakers, Southampton)
https://www.theocelot.co.uk/the-blinders-live-review-the-bullingdon-oxford/ (The Bullingdon, Oxford)
http://tapthefeed.com/photos/the-blinders-photoset-thekla (Photo review, Thekla, Bristol)
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-thekla-in-bristol (Thekla, Bristol)
https://bidolito.co.uk/review-the-blinders-arts-club/ (Arts Club, Liverpool)
http://kitmonsters.com/blog/the-blinders-at-the-garage-london (Garage, London)
https://www.gigsnortheast.co.uk/latest/review-the-blinders-16-10-18-the-cluny-newcastle/ (Cluny, Newcastle)
http://bristolinstereo.com/the-blinders-live-review-photoset/ (Thekla, Bristol)
https://areyouseriousenglishman.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/the-blinders-thekla-bristol-11th-november-2018 (Thekla, Bristol)

Bido Lito! Magazine, Number 95, December 2018
You can download the magazine at: https://bidolito.co.uk/issue/95/

Alternatively, you can download the page 53 as a PDF. Comes handy in marketing!

 Articles
http://www.manchestersfinest.com/music/blinders-hit-academy-2-october/
http://www.itsallindie.com/2018/10/interview-with-blinders.html?fbclid=IwAR02d2VMjXqHhnplGQdAboRCEkAgvFV1ZfwT1thv119W38Var9EYr-GafNI
https://www.sunderlandecho.com/whats-on/music/review-the-blinders-calva-louise-baltic-the-cluny-newcastle-1-9401680
https://www.shieldsgazette.com/whats-on/music/review-the-blinders-calva-louise-baltic-the-cluny-newcastle-1-9401680 
https://louderthanwar.com/blinders-academy-2-manchester-live-review/
http://www.sonicbandwagon.com/live-reviews/the-blinders-live-at-academy-2-manchester-151018/
http://www.flickofthefinger.co.uk/live/2018/the-blinders-live-at-manchester-academy/?fbclid=IwAR3QTuBBS08mYqra0srbrGRA_8BYeJTYM1a8KglyfaFXocVtVhCE16fjpNk 
http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2018/10/the-blinders-talk-debut-album-current-tour-and-austerity-in-britain
http://www.buzzmag.co.uk/music/swn-festival-2018-friday-live-review/?fbclid=IwAR1lb7buNVEjGaPDtGraCb528fLbBFHweElOihyY36XWwPhV6Lww54zcaB0
https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/previews-1-9410226?fbclid=IwAR2UChxPFspclsBmBPwrlhIVFjQ9vBeDuBP6HDMSIkUiAh6GYkQ-dcZYE9M
http://themicmagazine.co.uk/2018/10/25/the-blinders-headline-the-bodega-with-support-from-those-howlin-sounds-and-calva-louise/
http://themicmagazine.co.uk/2018/10/25/pre-show-interview-with-the-blinders/?fbclid=IwAR0Hb22hPWPK-BMvHtAk8E8iIeMlXIT_s4bAQGNwZD1YZ1ReD3ecnU9kz0E
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17188701.the-blinders-enter-fearless-johnny-dream-world-at-the-crescent-on-friday/
https://mancunion.com/2018/10/30/in-conversation-with-the-blinders/
https://echoesofsounds.blogspot.com/2018/10/assiste-aqui-o-vocalista-dos-blinders.html (Portugal)
https://echoesofsounds.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-blinders-mostram-em-video-o.html (Portugal)
http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4152104-from-doncaster-to-columbia–dis-meets-the-blinders (massive Drowned in Sound review/interview)
http://themicmagazine.co.uk/2018/10/25/pre-show-interview-with-the-blinders/ 

Interviews:
Interview with Hew Stephens (BBC 1):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000qck 
https://twitter.com/i/status/1052077484500545536
https://twitter.com/i/status/1051597853611753472

Interview with Amazing Radio:

Interview with NSRmusicteam (Bridie and Joe):

This fantastic 16 minute interview also mentions Children of The State at 14:20 minute mark!!

Interview with The Dave Jarre Revue Sunday 4th November 2018 Part Two:

The interview starts at 14:16 minute mark, right after the “Hate Song”. It was recorded at back of The Plug Venue in Sheffield.

Interview with By The PurNoir Company:

Interview with Forge Media (Sheffield):

Interview with The Music Van (Alex and Jo Production) at Manchester Academy:

Visualization videos:


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Dates:

15 – Manchester Academy 2 – now completed (sold out)
16 – Newcastle Upon Tyne – The Cluny  – now completed
18 – Kingston Upon Hull – New Adelphi – now completed (sold out)
19 – SWN Festival, Cardiff – O’Neill’s  – now completed
20 – SWN Festival, Cardif – Old Market Tavern  – now completed
22 – Stoke On Trent – The Sugarmill  – now completed
23 – Birmingham – The Castle and Falcon  – now completed (sold out)
24 – Nottingham – The Bodega – now completed
25 – Derby – The Venue – now completed
26 – Sheffield – The Plug – now completed (sold out)
28 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club – now completed (sold out)
29 – Liverpool – Arts Club, Loft – now completed (sold out)
30 – Aberdeen – Cafe Drummonds – now completed
1 – Preston – The Ferret – now completed (sold out)
2 – York – The Crescent – now completed
3 – Lincoln, 2Q Festival – now completed
5 – Oxford – The Bullingdon  – now completed
6 – Cambridge – The Portland Arms – now completed
7 – London – The Garage – now completed
9 – Southampton – Heartbreakers – now completed (sold out)
10 – Brighton – The Haunt – now completed (sold out)
11 – Bristol – Thekla  – now completed 

 

01. Manchester  – 15th of October (now completed)

Manchester is now sold out!!

Venue: Manchester Academy 2
Time: 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.manchesteracademy.net/
Supports: Calva Louise, White Room
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1063712303792498/

Time schedule for Manchester

Home-coming gig! It was mad and tightly packed. Half of the local scene was there so claustrophobic conditions, mosh pit of epic proportions, blood, sweet and tears were to be expected. Manchester Academy 2 has capacity of 800 people and all tickets have been sold out which signals a new chapter in the band’s development. From small and medium sized clubs, they are quickly moving towards large arenas. After the concert, everybody were invited to the official after party where the band once again played the DJ’s and tormented their guests with their favourite songs from Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and The Doors to The Arctic Monkeys to Abba (Oh, does your mother know you are out?)

The Blinders’ guitar tech, Max Grindle, (@maxgrindle) captures the moment when the champagnes are being opened to celebrate a huge success!

Official portrait for the boys before the gig: https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/photos/a.1497857810487548/2171334523139870
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2171056729834316 
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10155986225112725
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156730125827856&set=pcb.10156730134487856
https://twitter.com/Cobspix/status/1052266353615413248
https://www.facebook.com/malcburkephotography/posts/342192639679013
Videos:
L’Etat C’est Moi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRG0Wqi8p2g
Free The Slaves/ICB Blues – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdkzESxT4io
Rat in a Cage – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMfw1c2328
Brutus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtQKXUqLEIs
Ramona Flowers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jHDk_0UAPM
Berlin Wall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAypxetycgE

The official poster for the After Party

Academy 2 schedule and Loaded After party posters

The After Party started at 11:00 PM at Night People and lasted till 4 AM (eternal). It is organized by Oddity Events and the entry is free.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2077109588986855/
Night People: https://www.facebook.com/nightpeoplemcr/
Official website: http://www.nightpeoplemcr.com/
Promoter: https://www.facebook.com/OddityEvents/

02. Newcastle Upon Tyne – 16 October (now completed)

Newcastle poster

After triumphant beginning in Manchester, The Blinders played Newcastle on Tuesday night. The doors opened at 8:00, the show started 30 minutes later with local 4 piece band called Baltic opening. Calva Louise played their 45 minutes set at 9:15 and then The Blinders took to the stage at 10:00 PM. This venue has capacity of 275 people and was nearly sold out (only 30 ticket short from being full)!

Time schedule for Newcastle

Venue: The Cluny
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://thecluny.com
Supports: Calva Louise, Baltic
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/235088713941623/
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/photos/pb.1490512967888699.-2207520000.1539825935./2171846049755384/?type=3&theater
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpC1YXeHtvR/?taken-by=sam_crowston_

03. Kingston Upon Hull  – 18 October (now completed)

Kingston Upon Hull poster

Venue: The New Adelphi Club
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.theadelphi.com/events/the-blinders/
Supports: Calva Louise, Faux Pas
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2203709846309283/ 
Pictures: pic.twitter.com/JClVYsGVos

The New Adelphi Club may be small but it is very popular in Kingston.  The tickets sold out hours before the gig and many were left desperate when this screen appeared around 14:00 in the afternoon:

Tickets are now sold out!

To those who will be seeing the band in the coming days, please buy the tickets now as they are running very, very low on entire tour and many venues will sell out. Birmingham is down to 6 tickets, Bristol we are told is down to about 30, the same in other venues. Please don’t leave it to the last minute as there is no reprint of tickets. The venues cannot accept any more people beyond their capacity limits! Thank you! Now, having the announcements behind us, we are pleased to report that Calva Louise and Faux Pas played excellent shows and the

The Blinders will play twice in Cardiff during the SWN festival. On Friday, they headlined the main stage in popular bar, O’Neills and their set took place between 11:30 pm – 0:30am. Early bird tickets are now sold out and the entire festival is down to 200 tickets so it no doubt the two shows will again be sold out/nearly sold out events for the Doncaster trio.
You can see the schedule as a pdf or jpg below:

Friday Schedule

https://swnfest.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Swn-Programme-2018-WED-FRI.pdf 

Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2188192607860101&set=pcb.2188192637860098&type=3&__tn__=HH-R&eid=ARC9yta0-JJqf3iCAhdHdY7wmOz9e8FdHuhok_xtg4h7xXIG0A5fLin8-oSMVMuc-WWiuJBXaqjm1J5R 
pic.twitter.com/PCxfLVnufB
pic.twitter.com/cKKRseZth4
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpNBen4F7BB/
Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwCI2D3dXgY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W0Zo0yQoI4

As you can see from the song list, two fan favourites are making a big come back: “Swine” and “Ramona Flowers”. They might not be on the record but their place among the best songs are confirmed. This tour is a massive punch in the guts and if you haven’t been punched yet, please stand in line!!

05. SWN Festival Cardiff – 20 of October (now completed)

Saturday is always one of the busiest days at SWN festivals. The schedules are packed absolutely mad and Cardiff was be bursting at the seams in the evening. The Blinders played a 45 minute set at the Old Market Tavern starting exactly at 6:00pm. The crowd was wild, welcoming and ready to rock. What can we say, another day in the office, isn’t it? 🙂

Poster advertising Huw Stephens show with the Blinders hanging outside the venue

https://swnfest.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Swn-Programme-2018-SAT-1.pdf

Venue: Old Market Tavern
Time: 18:00pm – 18:45pm
Official website: https://www.theoldmarkettaverncardiff.co.uk/
Supports: none
More information:  https://swnfest.com/artists/the-blinders-
Pictures:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dp-BBv5WwAAbxXo.jpg
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpNBen4F7BB/

06. Stoke-on-Trent  – 22 October (now completed) 

The band had a day off on Sunday 21st of October to recharge their batteries and came back to the stage on Monday at the Sugarmill. This is a popular venue and The Blinders played there on their last tour in the winter. To thank their fans for being so welcoming (by the mid-day on 22nd of October, the band learnt that 7 shows have fully sold out and 7 additional ones were down to last tickets!), the lads along with their management offered 4 free tickets to the show. You can imagine that they were snapped in a matter of minutes. As usually, the gig went perfectly well with Calva Louise and local act, Saint Ivy on the supporting bills.

Stoke on Trent poster

Venue: The SugarMill
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Official website: https://www.thesugarmill.co.uk/
Supports: Calva Louise, Saint Ivy 
More information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/200185190604757/
Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NaycR-eoz4 (Ramona Flowers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfXy_Yr7H9w (Rat in a Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xJZlJUL3A8 (Swine)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4RWfA7KuQE (Where No Man Comes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7o_bYvsfYk (Gotta Get Through)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHoQQ3f9q6I (Orbit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaAwb4pUXM8 (Et Tu/Brutus/Berlin Wall)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOum0cfuSZ8 (Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVfyiXoMeDg (Free the Slaves/ICB Blues)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6C5afdwLTQ (L’Etat C’est Moi)

07. Birmingham  – 23 October (now completed)

The first gig on Vanadian Avenue’s turf! Birmingham was selling well from the start and it is our greatest pleasure to announce that we have a second sold out show for the band in the Second City, following the gig at Sunflower Lounge on 16th of February 2018. We will be doing an extensive coverage and a concert review so please be on a stand by!

Instagram picture advertising the nearly sold out show in Birmingham!

Going, going and gone!

Venue: Castle and Falcon
Time: 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Official websites:
https://www.facebook.com/CastleandFalcon/
http://castleandfalcon.com/
Supports: Calva Louise, The Mother Earth Experiment, Paper Buoys
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1829731023999916/

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpU4vG6gb0y
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpWPIxkA7ET/
 (absolute gold this one!)
http://www.indiemidlands.com/2018/10/27/photo-gallery-the-blinders-the-castle-falcon/
https://www.facebook.com/117061041683922/posts/225406329798367
Stream: https://www.facebook.com/malicia.dabrowicz/videos/10157034618980663/
Video: https://www.facebook.com/mark.stackmusicevents/videos/2459861150720646/

08. Nottingham – 24 of October (now completed)

Nottingham poster

On the 8th day of tour, The Blinders visited Nottingham to play at nearly sold out gig at the popular club, Bodega. The doors opened at 7:00 pm and the show finished exactly at 10:00 pm, very early for a mid week night! We cannot complain as the concert was an excellent one, with massive mosh pit and a fantastic crowd reaction. Young 4 piece Those Howling Sounds opened the show,followed by a well received performance by Calva Louise. We don’t have to tell you that The Blinders of course stole the show, but nobody would bet on something that obvious!

Venue: Bodega
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Official websites:
Supports: Calva Louise, Those Howlin’ Sounds
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/605693979795761/
Videos:
https://www.facebook.com/mark.stackmusicevents/videos/24616989672035
https://www.facebook.com/mark.stackmusicevents/videos/2461690720537689/
https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalGigJunkie/videos/318850908928273/
Pictures:
https://twitter.com/pdicko67/status/1055465142022922245

https://twitter.com/Jake_Haseldine/status/1055516070948298752

09.Derby – 25 of October (now completed)

Derby posters

Starting in Birmingham, the tour is becoming more and more relentless. There are shows now every day without any breaks but the band truly enjoy being on the road and playing a gig in new town each day. More and more gigs are also selling out, so please don’t wait until last minute. On 25 of October, The Blinders returned to the Venue in Derby for the second time this year, after their sold out debut in February. Another venue and another, nearly sold out show. It was very intense, or sources confirmed that Matty broke one of his drumsticks and he threw it into the crowd!

Venue: The Venue Derby
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Official websites: https://www.livemusicderby.co.uk/
Supports: Calva Louise, Damn Cargo
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1833530786953089/
Pictures:
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1055588247630503936
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpUqvpZBcnO
https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalGigJunkie/posts/10161000187430293
Video:
https://www.facebook.com/mark.stackmusicevents/videos/2463610723679022/

10. Sheffield – 26 of October (now completed)

Johnny Dream watches you from the poster!

Sheffield gig advertised

We are almost in the middle of the tour! On 26 of October, The Blinders played in Sheffield in a fantastic place called The Plug on Matilda Street. The doors opened at 7:30pm, the curfew was at 11:00pm and Calva Louise and The Varletts were supporting. It was considered one of the best shows on the tour so thank you to those who came and made it such a fantastic experience for everybody involved. We love you all!

Venue: The Plug
Time: 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Official websites: https://www.facebook.com/plugsheffield/
Supports: Calva Louise, The Varletts
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1805595102817810/
Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpccJxUFHzv/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpcaeCgFX4y/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpaWNNtgbnj/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpc07xbnRmH/
https://www.modeldphotography.co.uk/proofing/blinders-plug-sheffield-26oct18
https://www.rgm.press/musicin-photos-the-blinders-the-plug-sheffield-27-10-18-from-model-d-photography
https://www.facebook.com/sam.crowston/posts/2012517008769684

11. Leeds – 28 October 2018 (now completed) 

Leeds poster number 1

Brudenell Social Club poster number 2

After a day of rest (for Halloween parties), The Blinders are now back on the road. On 28th of October, the band arrived to play at the lovely Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and it was again a sold out affair. Doors opened at 7:30, Household Dogs were the first support for the night, followed by the wonderful Calva Louise just before the Doncaster trio. As expected, it was a beautiful gig, with massive mosh pit, great response from the crowd and a fantastic feedback.

Venue: Brudenell Social Club
Time: 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Official website: http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on/blinders1/
Supports: Calva Louise, Household Dogs
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1715580788561005/

Pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2288302498068264&set=a.1521545418077313&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2288276311404216&set=a.1521545418077313&type=3&theater


https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpr4sQxHBV0/
Videos:
https://www.facebook.com/garry.urwin.9/videos/1659671940811340/ (ICB Blues/Swine/Hate Song/Ramona Flowers)
https://www.facebook.com/garry.urwin.9/videos/1659140740864460/ (Swine)
https://twitter.com/LeedsGigs_/status/1056815754774044672/video/1 (Orbit)
https://www.facebook.com/leeds.gigs.169/videos/376160503194875  (Hate Song)
https://www.facebook.com/leeds.gigs.169/videos/377351436409115/ (Brave New World)
https://www.facebook.com/leeds.gigs.169/videos/376796776464581/ (Brutus)
https://www.facebook.com/leeds.gigs.169/videos/376772356467023/ (Swine)
https://www.facebook.com/leeds.gigs.169/videos/376769393133986/ (Ramona Flowers)

 

12. Liverpool – 29 October 2018 (now completed)

Liverpool poster

Liverpool was the 12th gig on this tour and right now we are exactly in the middle! It is true that the time flies when we are all having the time of our lives. The Liverpool concert introduced some massive changes in the line up: Calva Louise finished their leg of the tour and the new support slot was now filled by White Room. Liverpool concert was also be supported by the mega popular local quartet, The K’s. It was the 6th sold out show for the trio and as you can imagine, it was a blast! The crowd was mad, the band again gave it all and everybody loved each second!

Venue: Arts Club
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.academymusicgroup.com/artsclubliverpool/events/1179607/blinders-tickets
https://www.facebook.com/artsclubliverpool/
Supports: White Room, The K’s
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1894728970594524/
Video:
pic.twitter.com/JLJQTrD1HJ
Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpmM4A9BQyb/

13. Aberdeen – 30 of October 2018 (now completed)

Aberdeen poster

The lucky, 13th gig took place in Aberdeen! A long, long way from the Kingdom of Mancunia (about 6 h by car), but only an hour by plane. The band was travelling by air to reach the next destination and luckily it was a sunny (yet very cold day) for such a long journey. As with other gigs before, the show was spectacular and the club was tightly packed. The Blinders were joined by the White Room and local 5 piece, Swym.

The concerts are going so well that Sam Crowston (The Blinders’ official photographer and visualizer) posted this on Twitter. The merch has nearly sold out and again. That is a very, very good news indeed! Time to order so more.

Devil is in the details….and careful planning!

Venue: Drummonds Cafe
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/drummondsAB10/
Supports: White Room, Swym
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1813413422300715/
Pictures:
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1057423806501998592

14. Preston – 1 November 2018 (now completed) – sold out

Preston poster – sold out!

After a day of rest for the Halloween festivities, the show number 14 is a sweet deal for The Blinders. Preston was one of the first shows to sell out, even before Manchester, Birmingham or London. The show will take place in a club called The Ferret. The doors opened sharp at 7:00 pm and the party lasted until way past the curfew at 11:00. White Room and Manchester trio Sweet Deals on Surgery were supporting to universal acclaim. Of course, The Blinders again stole the show, but it happens every night so nobody is surprised.

Venue: The Ferret
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: http://www.theferret.info/event/the-blinders-ones-2-watch-preston/
Supports: White Room, Sweet Deals on Surgery
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/463135624125642/
Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsqbO9nABR
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpq5jKaHfC_/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpwdw2UnCVM/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpxjzxXHHYC/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BptsJExnVJm/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpxKuMQHFAb/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BqclUV8nTxG/
Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ir9eEH2jEw (very intense version of Brutus)

15. York  – 2 of November 2018 (now completed)

York poster

Another evening nearly sold out and a fantastic, active crowd singing every word! Thank you so much York! You were fantastic and this show will be remembered for a long period of time.  The doors were opened at 7:00, Faux Pas played first, followed by White Room and The Blinders (or Los Blinders as they are recently known) came to the stage at 10:00. Their 50 minute show left people drenched in sweat and wanting more. And more shall come as the tour continues!

Venue: The Crescent Community Venue
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/thecrescentyork/
Supports: White Room, Faux Pas 
More information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/183373022261086/
http://thecrescentyork.com/events/the-blinders/
Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsZJAtndTQ/  – wonderful picture by Sam Crowston showing Thomas Haywood of the Blinders and the lead singer of White Room, Jake Smallwood
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpspfn9BMbY/ 
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsgMUbBl_w/

16. Lincoln – 2QFestival – 3 November 2018 (now completed)

2Q Festival – Presented by the crew of Badlands Festival, the Liquor stage will present:
Ducking Punches, The Blinders, OCTOBER DRIFT, Queen Zee, Madonnatron, No Hot Ashes, The Ultraviolet, tiger warsaw

2Q Festival is a one celebration festival happening in Lincoln. 80 bands, 9 venues, a whole city dedicated to rock and roll – what else can you ask for? The festival is an award winning event and is known for it’s fantastic and safe atmosphere. The Blinders played their slot at The Liquor exactly at 19:45 pm as a first support before the headliner, Ducking Punches.

Stage times

Facebook advert

How can we describe their show? Well it was MADNESS! People shouting, jumping, Thomas being lifted in the air and walking among the crowd, Charlie playing like a demon and Matty just driving everyone and everything into the ground with his drumming. Only handful of shows left so please come and see them if you haven’t had the chance yet!

Official website for the venue: https://www.facebook.com/LiquorLincoln/
Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/342616573158470/ 
Festival website: https://www.2qfestival.co.uk
Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpu7ZvghYci/

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156792969156054
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpwinT0Be8o
https://www.instagram.com/p/BpwwK5NnEXk

 

The Blinders at Liquor in Lincoln

17. Oxford – 5 of November (now completed)

Oxford poster

The band arrived in Oxford to play at the legendary Bullingdon Club on the 5th of November (remember, remember…). The doors were opened exactly at 7:00 pm but many people were waiting outside of the club for at least several hours despite the cold weather. They were singing “Rat In a Cage” and sharing teas – this is what real dedication and true fandom looks like! Thank you to those who provided the free cuppa to the half frozen fans! Due to a mistake on the ticket vendor site, the show was marked as 14+ when in fact it was 16+ so fans had to show their ID’s to the gentleman at the door. Local Oxford heroes, Brixtons were the first opener, with White Light playing at 9:00 and The Blinders at 10:00. The show finished around 11:00. What can we say? The show was nearly sold out – only 11 tickets were left at the doors so that says a lot about the reception this tour is getting. The crowd was mad, the band finished drenched in sweat and Thomas’ make up was washed clean by fourth song. Another fantastic night!

Venue: The Bullingdon
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/TheBullingdon/
Supports: White Room, Brixtons
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/201462983825361/
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-blinders/the-bullingdon/1228698 
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/thealanwells/posts/2310908315798007
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp0ceZNgDfD/
https://www.facebook.com/thealanwells/posts/2311897252365780
https://www.facebook.com/thealanwells/photos/a.2004842246404617/2310908292464676/?type=3&theater

18. Cambridge  – 6 of November (now completed)

Cambridge poster

18th day of the tour had the band arriving in lovely Cambridge! Lets hope the lads had some time off to do a bit of sightseeing as Cambridge is simply breathtaking. As for the show: opening times were pretty standard. Doors opened at 7:00 pm, first support, Ugly  performed at 7:30 (please give them a spin as they are truly excellent band!), The White Room went on stage at 9:00 and The Blinders again exactly at 10:00. The show was finished by 11:30 pm. Again, the requirement for all attendees who were under 18 was to have an accompanying adult with them and an ID. According to the reports, the crowd was mad as a hatter, the mosh pit was truly impressive (though not as big as in Birmingham) and everyone had time of their lives.

Venue: The Portland Arms
Time: 7:00pm – 11:30pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/ThePortlandArms/
Supports: White Room, Ugly
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/252506911988854/
Pictures:
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1059942253765054465/photo/1

19. London 7 November (now completed)

London gig advertised in Time Out Magazine, London. Picture by by Artbeat Promo

London!! The Columbia tour has finally reached the capitol! For one night only, at the amazing venue The Garage, we had a chance to see The Moses, Calva Louise and The Blinders on one bill. It was a dream come true and the show will remain in our memories for a very long period of time.  The doors were opened at 7:00, Moses played at 7:45, Calva Louise at 8:30 and Los Blinders at 9:20. The mosh pit was extremely tight and several people have to be removed from the venue but the security guys did a splendid job. Everyone was safe and sound, had a great time and nothing could spoil the fun! Thank you once again guys! You are truly amazing!

Venue: The Garage
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm (plus after party)
Official website: http://thegarage.london/listings/the-blinders
Supports: Calva Louise, Moses
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/331931110672419/

 

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp7N8MhAn0Q/
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157103391623755

pic.twitter.com/NXipuxyIST


https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp7a4w6golt/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5jaDPnxGJ/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5AdRgAI23/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp4vPPJAOE0/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5qCtTg7w1/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5YGCknIHl/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5YRpqFkP2
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp6eIGeA_Kv
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5SSk7n08X

Video:

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yNGaOoPyMRxj
https://www.facebook.com/parisianhigh/videos/2025966050812409/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5qkS3Am_e/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5pCq_AO9L
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i95hxn5h9Gs (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie2inSXYuj8 (Swine)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxh1e6rx5yc (Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqmZRNO6XLw (L’Etat C’est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuswbsWhFtg (Intro and Gotta Get Through)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZWdCgyptjE (Free the Slaves and ICB Blues)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PR9Hcfg66w (Where No Man Comes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgpQ4ANTMro (Rat In a Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np7LzkpGnho (Ramona Flowers Extended Version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_2isnEAEKs (Et Tu)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJB8p0fkL0I (Brutus)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5CknPRgayE (Salmon of Alaska)

20. Southampton – 9 November (now completed)

Southampton poster

On the 20th day of their journey, The Blinders went down to Southampton. It was one of the earliest sold out dates and the band is always welcomed in the city. The place, The Heartbreakers Bar and Venue has a fantastic reputation and is known to deliver great events. Moses and The White Room went along for the wild ride and we have to say that the night went smoothly and everybody were perfectly happy. As usual, doors were opened at 7pm, Moses played at 7:45pm, The While Room at 8:20 and The Blinders went on at 9:30. The curfew was 10:30 pm. There was a secret after party at one of the city’s night clubs and fans had a chance to take pictures and speak to the band. All in all, the night was greatly intense and long will be remembered (there was just one causality, the amp backed up and exit the stage left, but it didn’t spoil anything!)

Venue: Heartbreakers
Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Official website: http://www.heartbreakersbarvenue.co.uk/
Supports: White Room, Moses
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/215827325697362/
Picture:
pic.twitter.com/5DYHOWmDqm

21. Brighton – 10 November (now completed)

Brighton Poster

Brighton, the next step after Southampton (aka day 21) also sold out several months in advance and is considered one of the best shows on the tour. The band was incredibly focused and energetic. Each song was played with additional strength, dedication and with an extra layer of what can only be described as a “rock and roll” spirit. In plain words – there was more  sweat, more theatrics and more swagger. The public loved every second of it and so did the band.

As usual, the gig was opened by a local support, this time by Brighton quartet, Swoon with the amazing vocalist Alice Guala at the helm. The White Room were next at 8:30 and then at 9:20, the Blinders took to the stage. The gig ended at 10:30 with all three bands meeting fans and signing records and posters. After everything was said, done, sang and signed, the entourage went off to a local night club for the after party that lasted, if you believe the report, till the dawn.

Venue: The Haunt
Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Official website: https://www.thehauntbrighton.co.uk/
Supports: White Room, Swoon
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/220680275374879/

Pictures:


https://www.instagram.com/p/BqakF6IH4eG/
https://twitter.com/DeeIona/status/1063496826916143104/photo/1
https://twitter.com/ashll7/status/1061645233551798273/photo/1

22. Bristol – 11 November (now completed)

Bristol advert

Bristol gig (aka The Last Battle of Bristol) took place on the 11th of November and it was the last show on this tour. What was happening, you may ask? The band has long promised to finally kill off Johnny Dream persona, but the show was rather peaceful and nobody was hurt. There was no murder on the (dance) floor and no blood streaming down the walls. The doors were opened at 7:00 and the fans were treated to a cloak room, two upstairs bars, one main bar at the ground floor and a viewing gallery (aka the upper deck) on a real boat! Thekla is quite famous for its unique interior and it was a pleasure to see it with our own eyes. Gum Sole, a young quartet from Bath were quite impressive and we took some videos and pictures so please be on the look out for a review! The White Room are not our cup of tea, but we have to say their music is of excellent quality and the lead singer knows how to charm a crowd! Sadly, we had to leave the venue quite early and we only saw the Blinders for a couple of songs but as usual they were amazing. We missed a very cool thing though – Thomas (or rather Johnny Dream) came into the audience and sat on the floor surrounded by the crowd during one of the songs and everyone commented, it was a truly magical moment. Oh well! You cannot see everything but there is always another gig to attend!

Venue: Thekla
Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/theklabristol/ 
Supports: White Room,  GumSole
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/433292310416659/

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/MusicPlayeur/status/1061778805616975872/video/1 


https://www.instagram.com/p/BqX5gM0ngQu/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BqX5SR8nYE9/

Video:

SUMMARY:

So how can this tour be summarized? Was it a success? 

The answer will be a simple one – it was a huge success for the young Doncaster trio! 22 concerts, 10 sold out shows, 7 nearly sold out gigs (leaving 10 or 20 tickets at the doors), 4 concerts with more than half venue capacity filled out. Please note that we are only relying on press reports, venue press releases, our own calculations and the reviews available online and those of our friends who came to the gigs. Maybe the official results will be even better. In any case, Columbia tour has to be called a success. The attendance was way above the average, we have found more than 50 videos on Youtube, hundreds of pictures, 20 articles, 21 reviews and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

The merch stand was almost empty in Thekla and the gentleman behind the counter was apologizing that the band ran out of t-shirts again! Apparently the shop had to be restocked twice before. This is a very good news and thank you so much for your amazing support for the band! Buying tickets and merch provides necessary income to keep the bands going. We are sure all sales will be dutifully counted and the stock will be much bigger on the next tour, to meet the demand.

Was there something missing?

There is always room for improvement and we have collected the best fans suggestions that were posted all over the Internet:

A gig in Norwich! Many fans called for additional gig to be added to the tour. The last time The Blinders played Norwich was on 17th of October 2017 along with Queen Zee and Cabbage (Norwich Arts Centre). Maybe 2019 will see the band returning to the capitol of East Anglia.
More variety at the merch stand – fans asked for more t-shirt designs to choose from (there were only three available) and for female versions of the tees to be added as the unisex ones (even in S and M sizes) were simply too big.  Also, please bring back the lighters!
Festival appearances – some festival appearances were added at the last minute or were not advertised on the social media in advance, not allowing fans to purchase the tickets.
New material/song order – in short, can at least one new song be added to the set? If it is not possible, please play “Murder at the Ballet” and “You Are So Cold” from the first EP to add some variety.  Those who attended multiple concerts wished that the song order was changed a bit as it was identical for the majority of the tour. Some fans also called out for the mysterious “Acid Bath” to be finally added to the set!
More security and safe spaces for female attendees – this one is tricky as the band has absolutely no control over the behavior of the concert goers. When Thomas saw a rowdy fan trying to start a fight at the London gig, he stopped the concert and made sure the gentleman was escorted out by the security. The band also posted an appeal on their social media asking fans to take care of one another afterwards. Fans suggested teaming up with Safe Gigs for Women (https://sgfw.org.uk) a non profit organization trying to provide women with spaces where they could enjoy concerts without being harassed or being endangered. The charity also caters to the needs of the vulnerable people of both sexes, people with disabilities (including wheel chair users) and underage or young teens. There are other organizations doing similar work as well.  It is something that can be taken into consideration.

Please remember that after all, we are responsible for the safety at gigs so if you see something worrying, suspicious or wrong, please let the stewards or security know. Thank you!

So what’s next?
The band is now resting and working on new material. There are many gigs already booked for the rest of 2018 and for the 2019 and we will follow them in a separate blog entry as this one is very, very long already!

Please stay with us and enjoy the music, memories and the extensive library of links, pictures and videos!

Take care!
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Indieterria presents The Columbia Library Archives

Welcome faithful citizens!

After years of preparation, and months of excitement and awaiting, the DAY OF TRUTH has arrived.
The debut album by The Blinders is finally here and now the entire world will hear the story of Johnny Dream and His Codeine Scene.

You are being watched! Johnny Dream is looking at you from the cover of “Columbia”

This musical hurricane will take you on a ride that will not be easily forgotten. To celebrate, Vanadian Avenue has opened the doors to the Columbia National Library Archives and digged out some impressive data to boast about the fruitful last couple of weeks.

The Blinders team has been working extremely hard and we would like to mention several people who made everything possible.

First of all, of course the musicians themselves: Thomas Haywood, Charlie McGough and Matty Neale. Plus Gavin Monaghan (the producer) and Joseph Wildy Murray (the engineer), who get the honorary mention as it was their experience and knowledge that created this masterpiece. They are truly the Wizards of Wolverhampton.

Second, their record label – Modern Sky UK and managers: Tim Abbott and Paul Fassam.

Third – their PR team with Caffy St Luce at the helm, their booking agent Jamie Wade and Sam Crowston – visualizer, artist, filmmaker, photographer and the man behind all graphic representation of Columbia.

Very, very special thanks to Mr Chris Hawkins and Mr Steve Lamacq – a legendary man who is the same to the new generation of musicians as John Peel was to us.

And then their families who supported them from the start, their friends and fellow bands that came to the shows, newspapers and magazines that wrote about them, journalists and DJ’s who played them, BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing teams and BBC 1 teams, Amazing Radio, Radio X, XS Radio Manchester and other radio stations who played their music, photographers who tirelessly took millions of pictures and edited them right after the gig so people could enjoy them in the morning, promoters who booked shows and shouted on Twitter and other socials trying to sell tickets and bring crowds in, bars and clubs that hosted the band, fans for sticking with the band through thick and thin and countless of others who were there and we will never know their names.

THANK YOU to all and each one of you – you are wonderful human beings and your kindness means a world to three young lads from Doncaster.
Things would not be possible without your help.

The Blinders by Sam Crowston https://www.facebook.com/sam.crowston

The last three months before the album release have been very busy. You may not realize how much planning, work and extra hours go into social media, making of promotional materials or just simple PR. It is never ending job that keeps everything together.

We called this blog Columbia Library Archives as we tried to collect links, videos, interviews, and all sort of strange data that could show you what has been done and achieved.

Please feel free to scroll through this small collection and enjoy it. If you have missed something before, this is now your chance to discover it all over again.

To make it easier for you, we have divided our findings into groups:

Album Details:
Artist: The Blinders
Album Title: Columbia
Label: Modern Sky
Modern Sky UK ‎– MODERN060CD (CD)
Modern Sky UK ‎– MODERN060LP (LP)
PR: Sonic PR
PR: Caffy St Luce and ArtBeat Promo

http://artfulmtb.blogspot.com/2018/11/TheBlindersUKEU.html
http://artfulmtb.blogspot.com/2018/11/TheBlindersColumbia.html
http://artfulmtb.blogspot.com/2018/09/Columbia.html

Presspack:  http://sonicpr.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/The-Blinders-Press-Pack5.zip
Format: CD, LP, Album, Obi strip
Country: UK
Released: 21 September 2018
Genre: Rock
Style: Garage Rock, Punk, Indie Rock

Tracklist:

  1. Gotta Get Through – released as a digital single on 02.03.2018
  2. L’etat C’est Moi – released as a digital single on 03.05.2018
  3. Hate Song
  4. Where No Man Comes
  5. Free The Slaves
  6. I Can’t Breathe Blues
  7. Ballad Of Winston Smith
  8. Et Tu/Berlin Wall
  9. Brutus
  10. Brave New World – released as a digital single on 04.07.2017, re-release on 08.08.2018
  11. Rat In A Cage
  12. Orbit [Salmon Of Alaska]

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Modern Sky UK
Copyright (c) – Modern Sky UK
Published By – Modern Sky UK
Recorded At – The Magic Garden

Credits:
Engineer – Joseph Murray (Magic Garden)
Producer – Gavin Monaghan

Barcode and Other Identifiers for CD:
Barcode (Text): 1 90296 95464 1
Barcode (Scanned): 190296954641
Matrix / Runout: 2100007758978 www.keyproduction.co.uk
Mastering SID Code: IFPI L498

Barcode and Other Identifiers for LP:
Matrix / Runout (Side A Matrix Etched): 07581064-A-4
Matrix / Runout (Side B Matrix Etched): 07581064-B-4
Barcode: 19026954634

“Columbia” is distributed through ADA with Sentric as a publishing platform.
http://www.ada-music.com
https://sentricmusic.com/

 

Chart position:
Columbia has debuted on the official UK Top 40 on the date of its release, 21st of September 2018. The Party has released an official statement and every woman, man and a child living within the glorious borders of our nation-state is expected to read it and celebrate the success!

The statements reads:
“Having caught wind that our debut album ‘Columbia’ has entered the realms of the top 40 midweek album charts, we would just like to thank every single person who has purchased the record in the past few days. You all mean the world to us, and we really couldn’t be doing this without you. To ensure it stays there, buy it, play it, and tell all yer friends about it.

The statement is accompanied by the special celebratory video:

 

Visualization and design by Sam Crowston:
https://samcrowstonimaging.com/the-blinders-columbia/?fbclid=IwAR2rvVckytMQG_IC9G1e1M0DZjBD3iwuroL5y84_mlyQ8nt5D2OpDZ5Qx3o

And the band would like to thank everyone who ever supported them so please continue doing!


Official statistics are as follows:

Mid Week Top 40 – 28th place
Official Top 40 – 54th place
Official Record Store Top 20- 6th place
Indie Album Top 30 – 8th place
Indie Album Breakers – 1st place
Vinyl Sales of the Week – 10th place

Mid Week Top 40 – 28th place

Indie Album Top 30 – 8th place
Indie Album Breakers – 1st place

Official Top 40 – 54th place

Official Record Store Top 20- 6th place

Vinyl Sales of the Week – 10th place

You can find the original screenshot here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155474175590563

Music-News Magazine confirms the news with article published on 25th of September: http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/115993/Christine-and-the-Queens-could-score-first-UK-Number-1-album-with-Chris

It reads: “The self-titled debut album from Brighton rockers Black Honey opens at 22, one rung higher than Iridescence, the major label debut from hip-hop group Brockhampton (23). Doncaster group The Blinders are also vying for a Top 40 finish with their debut album Columbia (28)”.

Please check out this section often as it will be updated as new info is available!

The Warpaint is leaking into the streets…
Picture courtesy of ModernSky UK
https://www.facebook.com/ModernSkyUK/photos/a.1208599892580472/1864299447010510/

Additional pictures can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/rita.dabrowicz/posts/10158424422143018

BBC Profile for The Blinders:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/f69e03e7-86d5-49f4-9381-12a4ea3eddd0

BBC Introducing Session at legendary Maida Vale Studios in London:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/cf8a3e9f-4346-4be5-9a12-0b38028c6268

BBC6 Music Album of the Day:
On 1st of October 2018, Columbia has been named the Album of the Day by BBC6 Music. This is one of the highest recognition that can come for a debuting album and millions of people heard 6 songs from the album being played throughout the day.

Album of the Day according to the Gospel aka BBC6 Radio! Thank you so much guys!!!

BBC has said: “Infectious tunes, big drums, hypnotic drones and dystopian visions, Columbia, the debut album from Doncaster three-piece The Blinders, is our Album Of The Day.”
You can find the link to the official announcement here:
https://www.facebook.com/BBCRadio6Music/photos/a.133411500016402/2165559410134924/?type=3&theater

Amazing Radio Album of the Week 01.10.2018-07.10.2018:

Columbia as the Album of the Week


Columbia has been chosen as an Album of the Week at Amazing Radio during the period of 1st and 7th of October. That means the album is played each day during the core hours and on Friday, the 5th of October, you will have a chance to listen to the entire album on air without interruption  from 2:00 PM sharp.
https://amazingradio.com/home/album-of-the-week-the-blinders-columbia

You can listen to the interview Chris Murray did with the band during the Kendall Calling festival.
https://amazingradio.com/home/kendal-calling-chris-murray-interviews-the-blinders

Festivals:
The Blinders are in such a great demand that each day, a new gig or concert is being added. Those lucky ones who have the tickets, were able to see them performing on two festivals before they embark on a national tour.

The first festival called Neighbourhood Manchester Festival took place on the 6th of October and The Blinders were added as a secret guest just 12 hours before the show.  The band played at the YES the Pink Room and it was of course a sold out performance.

Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester –https://www.facebook.com/NBHDFestival/

The Blinders played at YES The Pink Room on Charles Street

Festival map: https://www.facebook.com/NBHDFestival/photos/a.1703827043238758/2148651485422976/?type=3&theater
Club’s official website: https://www.yes-manchester.com
Review: https://www.skiddle.com/news/all/Neighbourhood-Festival-Manchester-review/53370/
Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2166582780281711
Videos:
Brutus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gImw-38FWfI
Rat in a Cage – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVboZfOPJ-8
Brave New World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L-CkUfI6_U
Where No Man Comes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7NF_qmGSPc

The second festival named Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough took place on the 13th of September. The Blinders were one of the headliners along with Estrons, Avalanche Party and Bryde. As with previous performances, tickets were selling fast and it is a good indicator that many shows will sell out on the commencing tour.  The Blinders played their 50 minute slot at The Townhouse, starting at 21:00 pm.

Twisterella official poster

Festival official website: https://twisterella.co.uk/
Line up and time schedules: https://www.facebook.com/TwisterellaFestival/photos/p.1725299877597394/1725299877597394/?type=1&theater
Article on NARC Magazine: http://narcmagazine.com/exclusive-twisterella-festival-stage-times/
An absolutely huge gallery: https://www.facebook.com/andy.lochrie.9/media_set?set=a.2334316436582013&type=3

Tour:
Please see the main new entry dedicated to the tour:
The blog will be updated daily!
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-tour/

Keep your eyes open and check the latest news on:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/theblindersband/events/

Mailing List/Newsletter
Mailing list and newsletters are very useful tools helping to keep in touch with fans and informing them about new things from the band’s HQ. Like any other marketing materials, Columbia Daily (aka the newsletter) is issued in in monochrome and contains pictures, latest news and the most important links.

The Blinders newslettter

You can see the archived newsletters at:
https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=3b6499050c5a99dfa9d83f2e3&id=c9af776f56&fbclid=IwAR1B33FdCjT0qdPmPZroNbifMrDXfvVk0CGew4_kvJWDiifM4qB4Y5TFMLo
Sign up to the mailing list:
https://facebook.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3b6499050c5a99dfa9d83f2e3&id=c9af776f56

Playlist:
Spotify is one of the most popular streaming services on the Internet allowing billions of users to access the music. The Blinders are added to hundreds of small lists made by fans and industry professionals, but recently they came with a list of their own. And it is a pretty special list as it shows the band’s entire officially released catalog! It also looks wonderfully as you ca see at the attached screens below:

Public Playlist

Entire catalog listed

Catalog listing #2

Please add the list to your favourites:
https://open.spotify.com/user/3sjczc69aju809m48302nzmbz/playlist/13kIG3PdHgQJ5zGrRfYMxw?si=wyJPPCZWSg-RgNqPDk1sgA:

Q&A with the band:

(part 1)

(part 2)

(part 3)

Video interviews:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qeu3jM4L1I (Kendall Calling)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl0Can0D6ys/ (Kendall Calling – Chris Hawkins Interview)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIq2RFj8fnI&t=15s (Sound City)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abB7NKmAmFc&t=2s (Leeds Festival)
http://www.neverenoughnotes.co.uk/2018/10/interview-the-blinders-talk-about-what-theyd-cover-in-the-radio-1-live-lounge-and-why-a-columbia-two-is-never-going-to-happen/ (Never Enough Notes Columbia premiere interview)

Acoustic performances:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/videos/1166069736882623 (ICB Blues)
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/videos/554302124983440 (Brave New World)
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/videos/228938084489705/ (Rat in the Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q96tgY4pedg (Brave New World and Orbit on XS Radio in Manchester)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p068vq9x (Ballad of Winston Smith at BBC Introducing Manchester)
https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yoKMVaRDBWGQ (Rat In a Cage at BBC Introducing Manchester)
https://www.facebook.com/parisianhigh/videos/1857735434343854/ (Ballad of Winston Smith for Parisian High, Paris at Le Truskel)
https://www.facebook.com/jimmysnq/videos/2149130312020086/ (Ballad of Winston Smith, Jimmy’s, Manchester)

Columbia promotional banner

Visualization Videos:

Leeds + Reading Festival 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90vKO4nkkzo (official video)
https://eudaemoniablog.com/2018/08/29/reading-leeds-2018-our-highlights/
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2018/08/the-blinders-will-headline-bbc-music-introducing-stage-at-reading-leeds/
https://www.rgm.press/festival-review-leeds-festival-2018-my-diary-journey-through-the-festival/
http://northern-exposure.co/reading-still-rocks/
https://gigwise.com/features/3276280/18-things-we-learnt-at-reading-festival-2018
https://yorkcalling.co.uk/2018/08/22/the-blinders-headline-bbc-introducing-stage-at-leeds-
http://www.itsallindie.com/2018/09/reading-festival-2018-real-headliners.html
https://www.rgm.press/interview-the-blinders-at-leeds-festival-2018/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoPOR5PANgT/?taken-by=matthiggs

Press articles:
https://www.theocelot.co.uk/the-blinders-in-oxford/
https://counteract.co/news/tour/the-blinders-to-hit-the-road-on-massive-22-date-autumn-uk-tour/
https://counteract.co/features/brum/10-gigs-birmingham-october-less-than-tenner/
https://www.morleyobserver.co.uk/whats-on/music/rising-stars-the-blinders-set-for-hat-trick-of-leeds-appearances-1-9316144
https://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2018/08/25/the-blinders-are-currently-enthralling-music-fans-at-reading-leeds-festivals-announce-brighton-date/
http://aboutmanchester.co.uk/home-coming-gig-for-the-blinders/
https://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/whats-on/music/rising-stars-the-blinders-set-for-hat-trick-of-leeds-appearances-1-9316144
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/30/kendal-calling-festival-review-
https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/birmingham-entertainment/2018/08/08/birmingham-date-promotes-debut-the-blinders-album/
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/track-of-the-day-68-the-blinders
https://www.live-manchester.co.uk/the-blinders-announce-appearance-at-fopp/
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/track-of-the-day-68-the-blinders
http://www.itsallindie.com/2018/09/industry-focus-interview-with-gavin.html
https://blog.ticketweb.co.uk/music/track-track-blinders-columbia-9595
https://wordsformusic.blog/2018/10/28/september-2018-albums-of-the-month/

Album Reviews:

Long Live Vinyl October 2018 page 102

Classic Rock Magazine August 2018 page 87

“This is the most important debut album to be released this year and definitely one of the top five. Debut albums do not get any bigger or better than Columbia” – Susan Hansen for It’s All Indie
http://www.itsallindie.com/2018/09/the-blinders-eponymous-columbia-release.html

“The Blinders join Cabbage, Shame and Idles as pioneers of a movement we’ve needed for some time, giving us faith in rock music again. In 2018, punkadelia has finally caught fire. Long may they be fanning the flames” – Richard Bowen for Live4Ever
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2018/09/album-review-the-blinders-columbia

“Columbia as an album is a single piece of art as a concept. Listen, track by track, join up the dots, get the message loud and clear – England is indeed dreaming” – Nigel Carr for Louder Than War Magazine
https://louderthanwar.com/the-blinders-columbia-album-review/

Signed CD version with sleeve

“The adopted sons of Manchester have crafted and presented their debut album Columbia to the masses to be devoured whole – and it’s a ferocious record that won’t stand to be ignored” – Jennifer Jordan for NARC Magazine
http://narcmagazine.com/album-review-the-blinders-columbia/

“With ‘Columbia’, The Blinders take their place among the vanguard of bands currently shaking the UK Indie scene out of its mid-90’s slumber” – The Grey Lantern Magazine
https://thegreylantern.com/the-blinders-columbia/

“The rage and despair is a mesmerising display of rock n rolls spirit. There is no element of pretence. No attempt to be cool. This is desperate and oozes from the gut” – Traveller’s Tune Blog
https://travellerstunes.com/review/theblinders-columbia

“The Blinders are one of 2018’s essential bands. The well-known sporting analogy says it all, the boys played a blinder” – The Ginger Quiff Blog https://thegingerquiff.com/the-blinders-columbia-album-review/

“It is guitar orientated album that is true to the live performance.  Songs are fast and yet catchy, with haunting back ground vocals and hypnotizing drums. It is the fresh perspective on what music should be in 2018 – direct, poetic, enigmatic, political, tearing out your soul and different from what is happening around. And that is what Thomas Haywood, Matty Neale and Charlie McGough bring to the table” – Malicia Dabrowicz for Vanadian Avenue
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/indieterria-review-columbia-by-the-blinders/

“How important is this release going to be?  Personally, I’ve waited for a band to make an album like this for twenty, maybe thirty years.  Political albums can often deter because they are hard work, but they do endure… I’m thinking about albums by Gil Scott Heron, The Clash, Billy Bragg, Public Enemy, Manic Street Preachers, The The or Dead Kennedys.  When the political scene is as warped and cruel as it is now, music should comment on it and be influenced by it.  The Blinders are making music to mark their protest; there should be more like them” – Alan Neilson for BrumLive Magazine
http://www.brumlive.com/blinders-columbia-debut-album-released-21-september-2018/

Signed LP on vinyl – back

“Politically charged trio The Blinders have taken the UK music scene by storm. Not only did their track ‘L’Etat C’est Moi’ get playlisted on BBC 6 Music, but they also landed a headline slot on the BBC Introducing stage at this summer’s Reading & Leeds festivals. Needless to say, these boys are destined for success” – Harriet Willis for The Skinny Music Blog
https://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/reviews/albums/the-blinders-columbia

“That shamanic, compelling mood is captured perfectly in ‘Columbia’. Ably produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Sherlocks, Goldblade), the album sees childhood friends Thomas Haywood, bassist/co-writer Charlie McGough and drummer Matt Neale follow Johnny Dream on his spiritual awakening, from the coruscating swagger of the opening ‘Gotta Get Through’ to the raw, beautiful and ultimately redemptive finale ‘Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)” – (legendary)  R*E*P*E*A*T Fanzine
https://repeatfanzine.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/the-blinders-debut-album-columbia-out-this-friday-uk-tour/

“It’s a really impressive debut, and we actually found ourselves feeling suitably shocked after our first listen at how accomplished it sounds. The band make indie rock music that is supercharged and political, with groovy yet raw riffs filling each song on the album. It’s raw but the production never sounds too fuzzy, with it all sounding pretty damn perfect to us” – Jane Howkins for York Calling
https://yorkcalling.co.uk/2018/09/01/the-blinders-columbia/

“‘Hate Song’ is all urban noir menace, ‘Free The Slave’ a 28-second leviathanesque anthem, ‘Et Tu’ a heads down bass battering Adam and the Ants from Dante’s Inferno and, joining the quote dots, ‘Brutus’ a full seven minutes of charged rock darkness that variously encompasses Floyd, Enter Shikari, Metallica and Nick Cave. Impressive stuff” – Mike Davies for Roots and Branches Zine
http://roots-and-branches.com/brum-beat–the-beat/record-reviews-september.html

“Manchester’s Blinders bring the classic rock vibes with their debut outing, Columbia. Brimming with Arctic Monkeys swagger but imbued with a subtle psychedelic edge and semi-spoken lyrical fire, these young upstarts have set a great precedent for things to come. In the meantime, this should definitely sit well in your collection” – Piccadilly Records (Manchester Independent Record Store)
https://www.piccadillyrecords.com/counter/product.php?pid=123568

“Whirring riffs dominating, the war drums integral, drone sounds making you check over your shoulder as you listen. It‘s infectious, with bombastic drum beats, western twangs and jangly yet searing guitar riffs getting you ready to dance, mosh or start a revolution” –  Johnny Rogerson for Clash Magazine
https://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/the-blinders-columbia

“This increasingly rare concept album, coupled with their constant references to history and literature display an artistic intelligence perhaps uncommonly associated with such a heavy-hitting sound. Alongside the likes of Cabbage and IDLES, they are leading the way in creating a new brand of socially aware Punk. With the release of ‘Columbia’, The Blinders are dragging us into a dystopian future where Punk-Rock rules again” – James Booton for Boot Music Blog
http://jamesbooton15.wixsite.com/boot-music/single-post/2018/09/19/The-Blinders—Columbia

“Perhaps once in a generation comes a movement that speaks for its outcasts, those who are undernourished but well read, those who see injustice, but have been fed only on a diet of apathy, and corruption. The blue generation before us were emotionally rescued by bands like the Manic Street Preachers, now, rising from the ashes of Brexitopia, (and the burned out ruins of the indie landfill) we have The Blinders” – Dizzy Spell for The Zine UK
https://www.thezineuk.co.uk/single-post/2018/09/19/Stepping-into-Columbia-with-The-Blinders

“Columbia is an exceptional piece of art and gets better with every listen. It truly lives up to the expectations set by the band’s immaculate live shows” – Brandon Taylor for Too Many Blogs
http://toomanyblogs.co.uk/2018/09/20/album-review-the-blinders-columbia/

CD version of Columbia

“So where does ‘Columbia’ place The Blinders? It’s an impressive debut, one that captures the essence of what they’re about and as much of the live performance as is possible within the constraints of a studio recording. It doesn’t compromise their personalities and the real core of what they’re about in search of a hit radio-friendly album, but it’s that which has caught the ear of those that champion them. They have influences but not too overt, their songs observe rather than preach, talk of politics in its social context attacking ideologies and beliefs rather than directly attacking individuals which give it more gravitas. But most important of all they remain true to themselves” – Even the Stars Blog
http://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2018/09/the-blinders-columbia.html?m=0

“In the age of distraction, it’s hard to craft an album that grips you for a full 40 minutes and doesn’t have you reaching for the skip button, but ‘Columbia’ is a rare breed, as are The Blinders themselves. This is one to not only cherish, but to lose your voice and mind to in equal measures” – Richard Cobb for Little Indie Blogs
https://littleindieblogs.blogspot.com/2018/09/album-review-blinders-columbia.html

“Of the lineage of politically charged and anti-establishment albums, The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks and Pink Floyd’s The Wall, stand out as the two that most inform Columbia, which is without doubt an astounding achievement and a seismic debut for the band that labelled their sound in 2016 as ‘a spellbinding punkadelic-esque Roman orgy’. Columbia, the ‘alternate world informed by reality’ reverberates with the sound of the temple’s foundations being rocked to their very core” –  Andrew Gutteridge for Words For Music Blog
https://wordsformusic.blog/2018/09/21/album-review-the-blinders-columbia/

“The Blinders debut album ‘Columbia’ is out on Friday the 21st of September and incorporates an in-your-face sound similar to Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes with influences from Nick Cave and The Fall. It is definitely not one to miss” – Abby Clarke for The Mic Magazine
http://themicmagazine.co.uk/2018/09/21/album-review-blinders-columbia/

“An outstanding debut, The Blinders have caused an itch with Columbia, an itch I hope they can scratch with a follow up. We sacked off the ratings system a long time ago, but Colombia feels like an Eight from a band who have the potential to deliver a Ten. Far from a classic, but ever so close. Thoroughly enjoyable and a real kick up the ass for the alternative rock scene who should take notes from this excellent piece of work” – Josh Bell for RGM: Reyt Good Magazine
https://www.rgm.press/review-the-blinders-columbia/

 

Vinyl copy of “Columbia”

“It’s impossible to fully appreciate this album in word form and I cannot stress enough how much you have to listen to it for yourself. The Blinders have truly changed the game with ‘Columbia’. They’re going to take over the world” – Lottie Catrin for Let It Happen Music Blog
https://letithappenmusicblog.com/2018/09/21/the-blinders-columbia/

“There’s truth and meaning behind every song, and they’ve injected their musical talents around it. It’s contagious, intriguing, and sounds as though taking over the world is highly possible. Who’s going to stop them?” – Captain Sound Blog
http://captainsound.co.uk/new-releases/the-blinders-columbia/

“If The Blinders were trying to get a message across, they couldn’t have achieved it in any more clarity if they’d tried. It’s poetical perfection. This, 12-track, just-under-40-minute album is, at it’s core, just a piece of music. But at it’s best, it’s a statement; a concept; it’s meant to provoke a reaction. And it does. Even during the live shows, the band, clad in face paint and dark clothing, embrace the ideology and the theme of the album entirely, immersing themselves in this make-believe world that they truly believe could become real sometime soon. The hype around this album has been second-to-none amongst independently released albums in the past ten years. But we’re here for it” – The Indie Room Blog
https://theindieroomblog.wordpress.com/

“But it is impossible not to be sucked into this scary world of slithering bass, straight-for-the-throat guitars and Thomas Haywood’s cool without being an annoying snob popular cultural references. The deliciously snarling guitars that pave the way of ‘Et Tu’ and then again on the outro to ‘Brutus’ while Haywood screams ‘Et tu, Brute?’ over the top are the stuff of genius. This isn’t songwriting, this is atmospheric musical theatre” – Leigh Sanders, Senior sub editor for the MNA portfolio and entertainments  at Express and Star and Shropshire Star.
https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/music/2018/09/22/the-blinders-columbia—album-review/

Haiku review of Columbia from the Rodeo Mag

“Manifesto for
A new world order, driven
By dystopia” – Rodeo Magazine 
https://therodeoblog.blogspot.com/p/haiku-reviews.html

Haiku translated into Japanese by Emmy Ishida https://www.facebook.com/emmy.ishida3
Graphic design by Oliko
https://www.facebook.com/oliko.aleksandra

You can also read a more traditional review here:

“Doncaster trio The Blinders’ Columbia is a dystopian-infused, literary-inspired social critique on modern day society, comparing our own world to those created by Orwell and Huxley. Before listening I was apprehensive, afraid the ferocious punk sound that has dominated their early works and live shows would become too repetitive, but Columbia’s highlights are the tender moments. Acoustic number ‘The Ballad Of Winston Smith’, and Nick Cave-inspired ‘Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska) are the album highlights as Tom Haywood, under his persona of Johnny Dream”
https://therodeoblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/on-trend-future-is-bright.html

“There is a movement in the youth of today, a political shift is brewing, and who better than 3 musicians from the North to deliver the message to the masses in this, the greatest of art-forms. ‘Columbia’ is a huge statement from The Blinders, and a powerful legacy in the making” – Kevin Barrett, photographer and writer
https://kevinbarrettphotography.com/2018/09/23/album-review-the-blinders-columbia/

“If ever there were a time for heroes, it be now. A band to speak to and for the disaffected, disenfranchised youth about to be trampled on by the aftermath of us adults screwing up their future by withdrawing from the EU and leaving them with a “no deal” Britain that ensures they’ll be working until they drop and the word ‘pension’ will become as obsolete as pronouncing the letter “H” as it is spelt” – James Auton for God is in the TV blog
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2018/09/24/the-blinders-columbia-modern-sky/

Amazon reviews for Columbia

You can read the reviews here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Columbia-Explicit-Blinders/dp/B07D1D8TLL/ref=ice_ac_b_dpb?ie=UTF8&qid=1537828038&sr=8-1&keywords=the+blinders+columbia#customerReviews

“Emerging from Doncaster as new bastions of explosive live music, The Blinders have become a must-see band on the UK live circuit in the past two years. Fusing punk politics, gnarly hooks and psych-lyricism, the band have found the perfect algorithm to live success. Picking up support from 14 influential playlists, including Indispensables and Walk Like A Badass, The Blinders have enjoyed a 132% increase in their playlist following in the past 7 days, taking their total to over 3.5 million. With a 5.45% increase in their artist following, the trio also seem to be building a solid fanbase” – FRTYFVE Blog, powered by Instrumental
https://www.frtyfve.com/new-music/hottest-artist-in-the-world-the-blinders

“On the back of the game-changing album ‘Columbia’, The Blinders have now cemented themselves as one of the hottest bands in the UK. The album itself is racing into the UK top 40 after rave reviews from fellow bands, fans and press – we’ve had it playing constantly since last Friday, and trust us – believe the hype!” – Mock It (the Best in New Music) Blog
https://mockitmusic.wixsite.com/mockitmusic/features/tenement-trail-the-blinders

“In tracks such as ‘Hate Song’, ‘Where No Man Comes’, the scintillating power of expression in ‘Ballad of Winston Smith’, ‘Brave New World’ and ‘Orbit (Salmon of Alaska)’, The Blinders have found the right series of buttons which makes, which demands of the debut a sense of the calm, collected, and ready to light the beacons in the anticipation of fighting a bigger battle ahead. It is a battle in which the generations above had better be wary of standing in their way ” – Ian D. Hall for Liverpool Sound and Vision
http://www.liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk/2018/09/25/the-blinders-columbia-album-review/

“Influenced by Arctic Monkeys and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, there’s also a hint of Kasabian in their groove-laden alt-rock sound. This brooding collection of 12 songs is loosely based around the concept of Columbia as ‘an alternate world informed by reality’. It demands your attention from the off with a wonderful brace of singles, the insistent ‘Gotta Get Through’ and ‘L’Etat C’Est Moi’ (it means I Am The State). Like most of the album’s best moments, they’re propelled along by delicious post-industrial bass lines reminiscent of Peter Hook in his Joy Division pomp” – Gary Welford for Hartlepool Mail
https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/whats-on/music/album-review-the-blinders-columbia-1-9365505

A fantastic article mentioning The Blinders and Children of the State as the next gig things! Courtesy of Sheffield Star https://www.facebook.com/sheffieldstar

“The album provides a unique and enjoyable listen, leaving you feeling fully involved with the dystopia that is Columbia, all helped by the vivid imagery of the lyrics. This band is essential to 2018, and with this album they have literally pulled a blinder” –  Katie Macbeth for Rock Chic Blog
https://rockchicme.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-blinders-columbia.html

“For a young generation on the cusp of a new political awakening, their debut will no doubt act as an accompanying soundtrack to their cause. After a few years of honing their craft and some impressive slots on the UK festival scene this year, ‘Columbia’ will be taking The Blinders places – so catch them while you can” – Ceri Saunders for ON: Yorkshire Magazine
https://www.on-magazine.co.uk/arts/music/album-reviews/columbia-the-blinders/

“The Blinders are a band worth experiencing live. Enrapturing, politically injected lyrics enable the gig-goer to encounter an alternative to what is seen in mainstream media. Catch them on their headline tour alongside White Room and Calva Louise this October and November, you won’t be disappointed” – Sahar Ghadirian for Forge Media
http://forgetoday.com/2018/10/02/review-the-blinders/

“Despite clocking in 12 songs in just over 42 minutes, ‘Columbia’ never rushes its narrative. Constantly proving that rock and roll is most definitely still alive and well, The Blinders have returned the hope that rock and politics can go hand in hand. With hints of the ‘Stones, The Smiths and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, it’s quite hard to not deem ‘Columbia’ as one of the most influential albums of 2018. It’s a definitive, well-polished record from a young, promising band who stand for something much more” – Paige Smiths for Not Enough Notes Blog
http://www.neverenoughnotes.co.uk/2018/10/review-the-blinders-columbia-rock-debut/

“The stunning debut album from Manchester underground band, The Blinders” – Amazon UK/Amazon.com 

Official advert for Columbia on Amazon UK

A new review from K Production

“Energetic, goth-tinged Yorkshire three-piece The Blinders take their influences from great lyricists, poets and writers such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, John Lennon, Rimbaud, Allen Ginsberg, George Orwell and William Burroughs, but also count Charles Manson and the devil among their influences. Their debut album, Columbia, therefore, is a bit different to the run-of-the-mill indie bands around today. LP and CD on Modern Sky Entertainment.” – KProduction
https://www.keyproduction.co.uk/blog/2017/latest-releases-manufactured-by-key-production-group_september-round-up/

Columbia review by Jack Saunders of BBC Radio1.
Picture by Sam Crowston

“Delivering an LP of fierce dystopian rock n roll loosely based around the concept of ‘an alternate world informed by reality’, The Blinders are an example of a new breed of guitar band who are noticeably far less complacent than many from earlier on in the decade. They bash out an exciting blend of punk, indie and psychedelica, listing their influences as Dylan, Cohen, Mark E Smith, Lennon, Cave, Kerouac, Rimbaud, Orwell, Ginsberg, and S.Borroughs” – Rewind/Forward Blog
https://rwffmusic.blogspot.com/2018/09/album-review-blinders-columbia-2018.html 

“Throughout the album, the influence of the works of George Orwell is ever clear, especially on acoustic ‘Ballad of Winston Smith’ named after the protagonist in the novel 1984. The tracks speaks of the mainstream media reporting and building stories out of nothing, whilst letting those in charge get away with whatever they wish” – Katie MacBeth for RawMusicTV
https://www.rawmusictv.com/review/2018/The-Blinders-release-debut-album-Columbia

“One of the most anticipated British debuts of 2018, The Blinders deliver a fully rounded rock statement with ‘Columbia’ but leave their future open. The Blinders have created something cohesively packed not only with raw energy and rage also with knowledge, chemistry and the profound. To say Columbia an impressive debut would be an understatement, but it’s also apparent there’s more to come. 8/10″ Sandie Garland for The Student Playlist
https://www.thestudentplaylist.com/review-the-blinders-columbia/

“This increasingly rare concept album, coupled with their constant references to history and literature display an artistic intelligence perhaps uncommonly associated with such a heavy-hitting sound. Alongside the likes of Cabbage and IDLES, they are leading the way in creating a new brand of socially aware Punk. With the release of ‘Columbia’, The Blinders are dragging us into a dystopian future where Punk-Rock rules again” – James Booton for Boot Music Blog
http://jamesbooton15.wixsite.com/boot-music/single-post/2018/09/19/The-Blinders—Columbia

Roxi Picks

“The Blinders debut album ‘Columbia’ is a raw, loud and punky piece of dystopian-themed indie rock that makes you fall in love with rock music, all over again. 🎸👨‍🎤 🤘” – Roxi for RoxiPicks Twitter Channel
https://twitter.com/roximusicsystem

“The album has lots of energy but settles into your standard swampy/punk sound, with odd high spots: I Can’t Breathe is similarly retro to the opener and stands out, as does the slower, and Levellers-ish, Ballad Of Winston Smith. Even the more ‘routine’ tracks are far from predictable: Hate Song speeds, to give the moshpit a reason for frenzy, Where No Man Comes opens with an arty disco beat and jagged guitars” – Review Corner
https://reviewcorner.org/2018/12/21/the-blinders-columbia/

Indie For Bunnies Italian Blog – The Blinders review

“The debut album for The Blinders is finally here. Three youngsters from Doncaster who now live and study in Manchester, have been mentioned for a long while now in various English magazines and it seems that everybody has been eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Columbia’. What can be said – it was worth the wait. This is an interesting, magnetic, 100% rock and roll album. Almost two years passed between the releases of their debut album and their first EP ‘Hidden Horror Show’ that saw the light of day back in 2016. The EP showed much potential and maturity and working with legendary producer, Gavin Monaghan on their debut album allowed the band to produced a real magic that will satisfy hundreds and thousands of new fans. Gavin Monagham is called the Wizard of Wolverhampton for a reason. It is worth adding that Columbia was recorded fully at Monaghan’s recording studio, The Magic Garden in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. From the opening chords of ‘Gotta Get Through’ to the magnificent closing track ‘Orbit (Salmon of Alaska)’, The Blinders prove that they have a maximum control over the listeners. They take them on a journey filled with distorted guitars, haunting vocals and protest songs against controlling political systems. Several songs are highlights of the album. ‘Ballad of Winston Smith’ will make your hair stand on its end. It is hauntingly beautiful, mature, with a nostalgic bow and background chants that remind us of a movie soundtrack. It could be a great theme song for the next James Bond movie. ‘Et Tu’ brings us back to reality with aggressive rhythm and ‘Brutus’ flirts with multiple layers of percussion and pulsing bass line that sounds like Arctic Monkeys, Drenge and Slaves mixed together. So, here are The Blinders. Three different people, three amalgamated elements, that made one truly interesting album filled with innovative ideas, mature lyrical themes and classic rock and roll. Columbia is so good, it will withstand the passing of time” – Ben Moro for IBF (Indie for Bunnies) Italian Blog
Translation from Italian by Vanadian Avenue
http://www.indieforbunnies.com/2018/11/05/the-blinders-columbia/ 

End of Year Reactions:
2018 is now a history! To celebrate the last 12 months, Vanadian Avenue has prepared Columbia Advent Calendar! We have our own # (hashtag) on Twitter and each day we will be posting really cool things relating to the album, tour, merch or the band! To access all tweets please use the following link:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/ColumbiaAdventCalendar

We also have a proper Advent Calendar as well! Please click on each day to reveal something extraordinary about the band!

Columbia Advent Calendar

You can access it at: https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=d5909e8ba45a171be974268626e7a581

Columbia was released on 21st of September and is being counted among the albums released in 2018. Its name is appearing in many “End of year” summaries and we thought it would be good to show how well received the album is. Please see the screenshot from Twitter where users are posting their Best albums of 2018!

End of Year summaries – fans

Louder Than War magazine has always been very supportive of The Blinders and we have to thank them for their continuous faith in the band. Columbia has just been called the second best album of the year by their readers and journalists and  the editor, John Robb has only the best words for them! Please see the screenshots attached and read the short interview with Thomas Haywood! You can buy the Issue 19 online at: https://vivelerock.net/product/ltw19nickcave/

Editor’s note – Louder Than War, issue 19, December 2018, page 5

Louder Than War, issue 19, December 2018, page 73 – second place (The Blinders lost only to IDLES!) and an interview on the right

The online version of this article can be seen below:

Album of the year 2018 online article from Louder Than War

Full lists of the Best Albums of the Year: https://louderthanwar.com/albums-of-the-year-2018-the-top-25/

We are pleased to let you know that Columbia has been placed on yet another “Album of The Year” list! According to Rewind/Fast Forward Blog, the Blinders’ debut album is so good that it went straight to number 24, overtaking The IDLES and Slaves! You can visit the page at:
https://rwffmusic.blogspot.com/2018/12/2018-albums-of-year.html

The Best Albums of the Year

Long Live Vinyl Magazine has been incredibly kind to put The Blinders on their list of The Top 100 Albums of 2018! Columbia was not only included on the cover of the magazine (bottom left) but also landed at number 48, almost in the middle of the countdown! This is phenomenal achievement for the band taking into account that the album was released merely 2 months ago and faced heavy competition form established acts such as IDLES and Shame.

Long Live Vinyl January 2019 – cover

Long Live Vinyl January 2019 – page 2

You can get your copy of the magazine through:

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Industry praise is hard to achieve but The Blinders managed to convinced almost everybody in the music business that they are the next best thing. Josh Cooper, owner of the popular independent label RoadKill Records gave the Doncaster trio a gloving recommendation and a place number 4. He wrote: “These guys came out of nowhere for me and seem to have had a big a year as any band could, book-ending 2018 with an amazing 300 cap gig at Borderline and then in front of a sold out Garage following the release of ‘Columbia’. A dystopian concept album full of garage-rock anthems, Cramps style beats and hook after hook”.

Josh Cooper list of the best albums of the year

You can read the articles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josh.cooper.5264/posts/10156052403206309
Or listen to all the chosen songs on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/coopjosh89/playlist/3f7CbO9clS654ioMf796G4

On 6th of December, Spotify has released their annual statistics for each artist. Those are the official streaming results for The Blinders and we simply have no further comments – the numbers only speak for themselves! Thank you to all of you who listened!
You can still stream the music using this link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Z8Y3Ek99rukRa1Hdo14GE?si=XzcQjFfwRLW99G0d_7e9AA&fbclid=IwAR1bhPJmekSLNkQOgqOjiBVg9XHEJ-AX0MMzBcN3nxv7XebtbuEBrqpLD_E

Spotify streaming results for 2018

In August, the Blinders paid a visit to XS Manchester Radio to speak to Jim Salveson and play two acoustic songs live on air. They were “Brave New Wolrd” and “Orbit (Salmon of Alaska)”. The 17 minute interview was a fan favourite from the start and now it has been officially named the best live session at XS Manchester of the year! You can see the results on a screen below, The Blinders scored 39% of all votes!

XS Manchester online voting results for the “Session of The Year” of 2018

You can watch the performance at their official YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q96tgY4pedg&t=431s&fbclid=IwAR0txYu-10uEK6ccINQIsWFM6E-7xRBvKVuepsiffGHoPykZrnPnUSrSSFU

Popular Internet music page, Getintothis released their own list of 100 Best Albums of the Year on 11th of December. The Blinders made it to number 58, climbing above such esteemed artists such as Gwenno, the Arctic Monkeys and Our Girl. You can find the full list at: http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2018/12/getintothis-top-100-albums-of-2018-a-year-in-review/

Getintothis list of 100 Best Albums of the Year – The Blinders ended up at number 58

Another day and another recognition for the band! Manchester Music Forever (MMF) have chosen their favourite songs from last year and created a nice Spotify list for you to listen to. The Blinders have been placed at number 2 with “Brave New World” and the top spot went to The Slow Readers Club with “Lunatic”. Congratulations to all

Manchester Music Forever Spotify End of Year List

You can listen to the entire list here: https://open.spotify.com/user/6ruscya1yxadwlc30vfcf9yj2/playlist/4L7slTryGpHyxE8dauWDex?si=oeRYbGeFQnO-I2dd3KhFcg&fbclid=IwAR1iGoyAeiLpvTi-Rb-t4QKGpldxPeoyME2Qect1LceoHFWHow3BcTCYFLY

GigsandTours.com is the official website of one of the UK’s leading promoters, SJM Concerts. They are also one of the most popular websites in the UK that reports on upcoming shows, music news and everything else music related. With nearly 100k followers on social media, their voice is something of a blessing in the industry. And now the blessing has been given to the Blinders! On 12th of December, Gigs and Tours released their official selection for Gigs and Tours: Best Albums of 2018 and of course, Columbia is mentioned.  The reviewer, Jordan Garner wrote:  “A concept album about a dystopian future and Johnny Dream (singer Tom Haywood’s on-stage persona), The Blinders give dark commentary to society on Columbia, incorporating influences of protest songs to give a cry for change on negative aspects of today’s world. A snarling whirlwind of indie-punk, The Blinders second album cements them as one of the most exciting new bands to come out of the UK. Standout tracks: ‘Gotta Get Through’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Et Tu’” – What else can we add?

Gigs and Tours chose Columbia as one of the best albums of 2018

See the article on their official website: http://blog.gigsandtours.com/2018/12/gigs-and-tours-best-albums-of-2018/
Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gigsandtours
Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gigsandtours/

Manchester online service, Flick of The Finger created their own end of the year list, simply entitled “Album choices 2018”. No surprise there – The Blinders ended at number 4 and they received a glowing reviews that says: “Columbia is pure, unadulterated rock and roll. Make no mistakes about that. It is the type of album that does gets you wondering about what the band are all about on the live stage. But whether it’s at your local venue, or at home on your stereo system, they will blow your fucking heads off. And that is fine with me”. This review was written by senior journalist, Mark Sharpley and we cannot agree more!

Album choices 2018 by Flick of the Finger

You can see the official announcement on Twitter: https://twitter.com/flickthefinger/status/1073639630191382528/photo/1
Or read the main article on their official website: http://www.flickofthefinger.co.uk/new-releases/2018/flick-of-the-finger-album-choices-of-2018/

On 14th of December, Forkster Music Promotions, published their annual FAB Singles chart from new, unsigned and emerging artists. The Blinders were mentioned at number 3 with Brave New World. The review was absolutely fantastic: “We absolutely loved this tunes music definition. It suitcases a mesmerizing rock n’ roll from ‘walloping & swinging’ bluesy riff soaring sockets, ‘thumping and pumping’ rhythm jubilations alongside a magnetic vocal promise that radiates forth with a snarling affection and rebelling attitude brilliance, loved the harmonious chorus fronts too, which brought a wicked industrial rock presence to their music table too, sensational song!”.Thank you so much!

Forkster FAB charts results

Original article: https://www.forksterocks.net/part-three-2018-forkster-fab-singles-chart/
Follow Forkster on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FORKSTERmusicpromotions/
Or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/forkster_2013

Two days later, we have noticed something really, really Christmass-ey – Johnny Dream ginger men! We absolutely love them! Now, the holiday season can truly start 🙂

Except the ginger-men with warpaint, the day also brought us a new new list of The Best Albums of 2018. This time it is from Captain Sound Blog who placed Columbia on the top spot! The highest place on the chart was awarded after the contributors and the readers voted. Thank you!

Captain Blog – the best of 2018

Number 1 got a nice poster as well!

Read the main post: http://captainsound.co.uk/features/2018s-top-10-albums
Follow the blog on Twitter: https://twitter.com/captain_sound

On 17th of December Live4ever website published their own list of the best albums of the passing year. The Blinders’ debut album landed at number 18  overtaking such well known artists as Low, Car Seat Headrest and Johnny Marr. Being included on this list is again a true honour, Live4ever Media LLC was founded by 3-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer and concert photographer Paul Bachmann, who previously spent a big part of his career working in music video production for some of the world’s top acts. Paul is partnered by The Mic, who brings a tenured background in finance and a keen knowledge of the Irish and UK music scene. Their senior editor is Dave Smith, a professional journalist who worked for The BBC, The Guardian and many other mainstream media.  The review read: “Columbia doesn’t beat you over the head with its allegories. Brave New World might not be about Trump’s America, it could be about an ‘idiot king building a wall’ (although the Kardashians reference makes it hard to avoid), and Rat In A Cage doesn’t have to be about the migrant crisis, it could be a straight-forward call to arms, as Dream tells us to ‘come together, we need each other’. The politics is there if you want it to be, but it’s oblique enough to ignore should you choose to. The Blinders join Cabbage, Shame and Idles as pioneers of a movement we’ve needed for some time, giving us faith in rock music again”. Amen to this!

Live4Ever description for Columbia

Original article can be seen at: https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2018/12/live4evers-best-of-2018-the-albums/
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Live4everMedia/
Or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Live4everMedia

On 19th of December Eudaemonia Blog published their own Album of the Year compilation. The Blinders landed the top spot after the readers voted for their favourites. This only shows that each voice truly counts! Thank you to those who voted and please continue doing so as the more people know, the better.

Eudaemonia Blog picks the best in music in 2018

You can see the original article on their website: https://eudaemoniablog.com/2018/12/18/albums-of-the-year-2018
Or follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eudaemoniablog 

20th of December turned out to be a great day for The Blinders. The band’s debut album was placed on two Album of the Year lists! The first mention came from Manchester Music Forever of (Mancunia) and Columbia climbed all the way to number 2. The popular website wrote: “An outstanding debut album from these adopted Mancunians. Live band of the year? The Blinders are incredibly hard working and deserving of their success to date and more in 2019”

Manchester Music Forever Album of the Year

You can follow Manchester Music Forever on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManchesterMusi4/status/1075691978698973186
Or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manchestermusicforever/

Second mention of the day came from Luton community radio station Diverse FM and their indie rock show called “Transmission”. Columbia wno the top spot  with a rave reviews from the presenters and the audience – so it is a double win for the Doncaster trio!

Indie show Transmission on Diverse FM picks the best albums of 2018

You can follow Transmission on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TransmissionLTN
Or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/transmissionluton/

On 21st of December, VMPE blog published their own list of Best Albums of the Year and The Blinders made it to number 12! The moderator of the blog, Andy Von Pip, is a radio plugger at Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music, DJ Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net and a former member of “BBC’s Sound Of” panel so his praise is not just an empty declaration. This man knows the music business inside and out! Thank you Andy!

VPME lists their Best Albums of 2018

You can find the article at: http://www.thevpme.com/2018/12/21/vpme-the-albums-of-2018-top-12/
Or follow Andy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/THEVPME

On 22nd of December, the loveliest of people at Jimmy’s (our spiritual home in the Northern Quarter!) will play the entire Columbia album to celebrate The Blinder’s success in 2018. After all, it is one of their favourites albums of the year. The party starts at 4:00 pm sharp so if you can be there, please come. (and don’t forget to take some pictures). Oh, and have fun of course!

Jimmy’s will be playing Columbia in full on 22nd of December

Jimmy’s Twitter page: https://twitter.com/jimmys_nq
Jimmy’s on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmysnq/

On 23rd of December 

Music Liberation list of the best albums in 2018

24th of December is a Polish Christmas Day and we couldn’t wish for a better present! Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper published their list of The best of 2018 in Music and yes, you have guessed – The Blinders are mentioned as The Best Album of The Year! Journalist David Hodgeson wrote: “Listeners to the Yorkshire band’s debut album need peak physical fitness, such is the relentless and unceasingly intense energy emitted throughout the breathless opening half, drawing breath at Ballad of Winston Smith, before taking the reins back up again until Orbit (Salmon of Alaska) brings one of the freshest, most invigorating albums of the year to a close. The Blinders demonstrate a level of self-confidence and swagger that belies their young age, the bass line of stand-out track L’Etat C’est Moi forever cerebrally lodged in all affected by it, Brave New World the entry level song. The perfect foil to the similarly unrestrained live set”.

See the original article: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/whats-on/music/gigs-and-albums-of-the-year-1-9508243
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On Boxing Day (26th of December), the kind people at Forkster Music Promotions, published another FAB Singles chart, this time the final rankings for 2018. And what do we have at number 8? The Brave New World by The Blinders. The review: “A magnificent diversity of alternative rock muscle, blues rock beauty, indie rock thrust and industrial rock atmosphere charm”Great achievement for the band and it only shows how good the Doncaster trio truly is.

Forkster FAB charts – Final Ranking for 2018

Original article: https://www.forksterocks.net/forkster-fab-singles-chart-2018-final-rankings/
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On the same day, surprisingly The Blinders received a very positive review for Columbia from a popular Italian music blog called IFB (Indie For Bunnies). Columbia was listed at number 8 on the list of their best albums of the year and this is the first Italian mention for the band. Thank you guys! We have translated the review into the universal speak (aka English) so here you have it: “What a debut album for The Blinders. Three, very young English lads, doing what they do best – playing and creating their music. The record is entitled ‘Columbia’ and belongs to the garage rock genre but has everything you look for in an alternative music – great style, good taste and each member of the band brings his unique personality into the mix. It is not an exaggeration on our part. It is truly a rock and roll album that takes the listener to various musical landscapes, nearly pushing us to the edge. The vocals are raw and hoarse and they fit the pressing, duelling rhythm section. For us – almost a perfect album”. Nothing else to add!

Indie For Bunnies Blog – Columbia was placed at number 8

Original article in Italian: http://www.indieforbunnies.com/2018/12/26/top-album-2018-di-ben-moro/
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So we had a small break for Christmas and now it is business as usual! 27th of December and we have four mentions for the Blinders in one single day. The first End of Year summary comes from Traveller’s Tunes blog where the trio ended earning the number one for The Album of The Year. Thank you kindly for fantastic review in September and now for the top spot on your list!

Traveller’s Tunes – Columbia is on the top of the list

Original article: https://travellerstunes.com/features/top20albumsof2018
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TravellersTunes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/travellerstunes/

The second mention is by the loveliest of people at the Flick of the Finger (again). They gave The Blinders’ single “L’Etat C’est Moi” an honourable mention on the list of Best Singles of 2018, right next to Sly Antics (“Sunday Fear”), Black Honey (“I Only Hurt The Ones I love”), Johnny Marr (“Hi Hello”) and Our Fold (“Don’t You Want A Lover?”). Thank you guys! An honorable mention from you means the world to the band!

Flick of The Finger’s Honourable Mention List of 2018

Original; article: http://www.flickofthefinger.co.uk/throw-back-thursday/2018/throwback-thursday-fotf-singles-of-2018/
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The third mention belongs to Paste Magazine who just published their list of the new bands to look out for in 2019! The Blinders are their band number 3 and this is what the magazine had to say about the boys: “The Blinders released their highly-anticipated debut album, Columbia, earlier this year via Modern Sky. Originally from Doncaster, this Manchester-based trio takes lyrical inspiration from dystopian science fiction, beat poets, modern-day political turmoil and societal outcasts while echoing the doomy musical mannerisms of Nick Cave and the sinister desert rock of Humbug-era Arctic Monkeys. One of their earliest tracks “ICB Blues” commemorates the brutal killing of Eric Garner by police while “Brave New World” pays homage to the Huxley novel of the same name and pokes fun at Trump’s ludicrous border-wall proposal. Frontman Tom Haywood’s clever, offbeat growls position him as prophetic town crier while vigorous guitars circle around him like a pack of hungry wolves. Columbia is what you get when a young rock band grows up on Bob Dylan, but decides to make something saltier and with an added pinch of danger”. Can we add AMEN to this praise?

Paste Magazine places The Blinders at number 3 for the bands to look out for in 2019

Original article: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/12/the-15-manchester-bands-you-need-to-know-in-2019.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PasteMagazine/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PasteMagazine

The last and fourth mention for the day is given by another super supportive blog – Even The Star. They printed a lovely review of Columbia on 20th of September and supported the band from the very beginning. On their End of Year List, The Blinders were listed at number 20, but it is always a great achievement for a debuting band. Cheers guys, it means a lot!

Even the Stars blog – The Blinders are on the place number 20!

Original article: https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2018/12/even-stars-top-20-albums-of-2018-20-to.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventhestarsuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventhestars/

As a bonus entry, we have information from our friends at Indie Rocks Radio, that their internet pool for the Best album of The Year has just finished! And The Blinders vote by overwhelming majority! They were competing against their label mates, The Slow Readers Club and won 65% to 35%. congratulations to both bands!

Columbia won the Internet audience vote for the best album of 2018

Voting breakdown

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On 28th of December (we are nearly at the end of the year!), Words For Music blog published their own Top 10 of the Best Albums of The Year. This is a real banger of a list with “Joy as an Act Of Resistance” by Idles at number one. The list also contains many acclaimed albums such as “High As A Hope” by Florence and the Machine (number 5), Arctic Monkeys “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” (number 3) and Shame “Songs of Praise” (number 7). And you may already guessed that number 2 belongs to Columbia. Congratulations to the band (yet again) and thank you to all contributors!

Words for Music blog – Columbia earned  a second place

Original article can be seen at: https://wordsformusic.blog/2018/12/28/feature-top-10-albums-of-2018/
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It is always nice when you are appreciated by your own label 🙂 On the same day, Modern Sky UK sent their last newsletter of the year to their subscribers and The Blinders received a heartfelt thank you’s from them and a rave review.

Modern Sky Newsletter 28 December 2018

You can read the original newsletter: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=c48955143bfa855241af3d641&id=1d0ba76309
Newsletter Archive: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=c48955143bfa855241af3d641&id=eec682baec&fbclid=IwAR1syocJnakFMyIzcINNufHQL_oEnEqvAYKKQk5hRf9O1idGxdPNFS5zE9k

On 29th of December, Columbia was voted the second best album of 2018 by the staff and readers of The Fat Angel Sings blog. The writers explained their decision with a great review: “Columbia is what you get when a young rock band grows up on Bob Dylan, but decides to make something saltier and with an added pinch of danger. It is bracingly thrilling debut which firmly places The Blinders at the vanguard of a new generation of politically engaged British guitar bands. Loosely based around the concept of Columbia as “an alternate world informed by reality”, on the album The Blinders display a ferocious intelligence, as influenced by history, literature and art as they are by Britain’s current political and economic woes”. We cannot add anything else!

The Fat Angel Sings review of Columbia is simply amazing!

Original article: https://thefatangelsings.com/2018/12/29/the-blinders-columbia-2/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefatangelsings/

For the last few weeks, BBC Introducing in Sheffield were revealing their Top 50 Tracks of 2018 and finally on 29th of December we learnt who ended up in the 3rd place. Since this blog is entirely dedicated to The Blinders, there is no surprise here! BBC Sheffield DJ, Christian Carlisle wrote: “No. 3 is The Blinders and ‘L’Etat C’est Moi’. After an incredible year that saw the release of their outstanding debut album, The Blinders have becoming one of the most exciting and promising new bands to ever emerge from the UK”. So true and thank you  BBC Sheffield. You have been championing the best emerging artists for a long time and we are so grateful for your help!

BBC Sheffield Top 50 Tracks of 2018

Original message on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCIntroSheff/status/1079135124267126789
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Listen to the show online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06v7tgw

A day later, on 30th of December, BBC Radio 1 honoured The Blinders by featuring the band in Huw Stephen’s last show of the year. It summarized the best albums and the best tracks of 2018. Brave New World has been Huw’s beloved track for months now but it was still a very big surprise! Thank you Huw, you are a star!

BBC Radio ! with Hew Stephens chooses The Blinders among the best songs of the year

Original message on Twitter: pic.twitter.com/MpzInr2NHA
Listen to the show online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001sps (until January 31st 2019)
Follow Hew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/huwstephens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcradio1/

And on the same day, The Blinders were also featured on Amazing Radio’s Chart of The Year, taking the amazing 2nd place! Amazing Radio has been one of the biggest supporters of the band and it is lovely to see that they continue to do so. Roll on 2019!

Amazing Radio Chart on their website – mentioning The Blinders

Amazing Radio The Blinders are mentioned in a Tweet

Original post on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amazingradio/status/1079449289041080320
Listen online: https://amazingradio.com/
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And we reached the 31st of December! What a year it has been! We are looking forward to the next 12 months that will take The Blinders to Europe and beyond. We will finish off the End of Year summary section with a beautiful blog from Sahera Walker, a fellow PR lady, blogger, zine editor and music promoter. Sahera prepared a list of bands we have to listen to in 2019 (pay attention to her selection!) but she also prepared a short  list of her absolute favourites from 2018. Of course, The Blinders are listed at number 7 in Sahara’s Top 10 Albums of 2018. Thank you!!

Indie Underground Top 10 of the Best Albums of 2018.

Original article: https://indieunderground.blog/2018/12/31/bands-to-watch-in-2019/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indieundergroundblog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahera_walker/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youareallslaves/

The last recognition for the band in 2018 (and probably the most important one) came from the legendary BBC DJ, Steve Lamacq himself. Steve has been championing The Blinders for many years and he was the one who brought them to Maida Vale Studios in London in April to record their session for BBC Introducing. Only few emerging artists can dream of such honour, but when you are called the most important new band in last three decades of rock music… well it is a different story! The Blinders recorded the session, spoke to Steve on air and of course their performance was chosen as one of the best in the last 12 months. The boys cannot do anything wrong, can they?

Steve Lamacq`s Best of Guests on his drive time show on 31.12.2018

You can listen to the show on the voice clip below:

2018 may be over but the “End of Year” and “Best of 2018” lists will continue for at least another month or so. Here is a very nice mention of The Blinders from the JoyZine Magazine published on 2nd of January 2019. The reviewer, Paul Maps wrote:  “One band who are beginning to look as though they might do just that are The Blinders whose rabble-rousing psych-flecked anthems on debut LP Columbia has propelled the Doncaster trio onto plenty of ‘ones to watch’ lists”. Thank you so much guys!

JoyZine puts the Blinders on their Best of 2018 lists.

Original article: https://joyzineuk.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/playlist-a-few-of-our-favourite-things-in-2018/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Joyzineuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyzine/

On 7th of January, CG Music Blog published their “Review of Music in 2018” and we have to say, it is a truly interesting read! The Blinders scored number one in the “Best Album” category and they beat Shame, Black Honey and Bodega on their way to the top. Columbia review read: “I’m a big fan of their live sets, and even more so of their first full long player.  It can be difficult to translate the sort of performance the Blinders excel at onto a recording but kudos to Producer Gavin Monaghan.  You get the same sense of the upcoming apocalypse listening on your earphones as you do when aurally assaulted at one of their incendiary gigs.  The bass sound is truly terrifying. This is an album of it’s time and if we do have to go through this nonsense at least we get glorious work like this as a by product.  It’s a stunner”. No complaints from us here – the album is a blinder!

CG Music Blog – Album of the Year

Original article: https://cgmusicweb.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/cg-musics-review-of-2018/
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On 10th of January, A Spanish blog “Peace, Love and Bananas” (a very unique name!) published their own lists of The Best Albums of 2018. Columbia has received a rave review: “Álbum debut de esta banda. Potente sonido, punk en las guitarras, político en los temas, indie en los estribillos, gótico en el estilo… con algún tema más relajado… una montaña rusa de emociones que promete un buen futuro para ellos.”

It translates to: “Columbia is a debut album for The Blinders. It is a powerful record, with strong punk guitars, indie melodies and political lyrics. We can describe it as dark, almost Gothic in places. Roller-coaster of emotions promises a great future for the trio”. Muchas gracias!

Peace, Love and Bananas. Columbia is one of their best albums of 2018

Original article: https://peacelovebananas.blogspot.com/2019/01/peace-love-bananas-best-of-2018-albumes.html
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeaceLoveBanans


Selected plays
(among many, many more)

International: 

London Calling logo

The Blinders have been played by at LondonCalling on A Rádio Rock by DJ Murillo Sguillaro across Latin America on 28th of September 2018. This station reaches 2 million of listeners across Brazil and other countries.
You can listen to it online: http://89play.radiorock.com.br/programa/london-calling
Or listen to our mp3: 

On 2 of November, the band was played by the legendary American radio station, KEXP 90.3 FM and they chose a rather unexpected song from “Columbia” – “The Hate Song”. Next stop for the lads? Top 20 on Billboard charts 🙂

KEXP Radio station played The Blinders!!

And yet another play for the band on 13th of December! Thank you!!

KEXP played The Blinders again!

We may not have all the plays but we will keep on adding them as they come:

I Can’t Breath Blues – The Blinders – playing on KEXP Radio at 11:05 on 13-Dec-2018
Hate Song – The Blinders – playing on KEXP Radio at 06:12 on 02-Nov-2018

Did you know that The Blinders are getting big in Japan? A famous club, Organ Bar located in Shibuya in Tokyo, organizes a monthly rock parties where the best new British artists are being introduced to Japanese audience. The Blinders were featured on each party since the beginning of the year, but on the 16th of December, the last party of the year will be dedicated entirely to their music! If you’d like to do your own research online – the Japanese spelling for the band’s name is  ザ・ブリンダーズ. Individual names for each members are as follows: トーマス・ヘイウッド(Thomas Haywood)、チャーリー・マックゴー(Charlie McGough)、マシュー・ニール(Matty Neale).

Astile Party in Japan – poster designed by _xJunex_
https://www.instagram.com/_xjunex_/

The advert on Instagram says:

今年最後
のック忘年会をしましょう!
 ぜひぜひ予定をこじ開けてください
今回は我々お気に入りのブランニューバンド
をフィーチャー
ブリーダーズではないんです!

This is the last Astile Party for the Year! Let’s have a great rock bounenkai*!
Make sure you are free to attend. We will be playing music from our new favourite band, The Blinders.
Do not mistake them with the Breeders!

*a special kind end of year party in Japan that lets you forget about troubles and problems and concentrate on starting anew

Thank you Emmy Ishida for your help with translation!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqzxPuhDx5P/

The Blinders have also been supported by local bloggers such as Niche Music:
https://nichemusic.info/the-blinders-swine/
https://nichemusic.info/the-blinders-letat-cest-moi/
https://nichemusic.info/calva-louise-i-heard-a-cry/ (The Blinders have a honorary mention!)
https://nichemusic.info/white-room-shoot/ (and again here as well!)

Domestic (as per Airplay Ninja):
Please note that this list does not include local radio-stations plays, only the national ones.
This means that all BBC Introducing plays for example are not monitored and we cannot add them here.

L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 01:40 on 21-Jan-2019
Brave New World (Live From Eurosonic 2019) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:04 on 20-Jan-2019
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:16 on 09-Jan-2019
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:13 on 08-Jan-2019
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 04:23 on 07-Jan-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:46 on 06-Jan-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:50 on 04-Jan-2019
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:21 on 04-Jan-2019
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 12:03 on 03-Jan-2019
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:24 on 01-Jan-2019
Brave New World (Introducing Session, 20th Apr 2018) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 18:10 on 31-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through (Introducing Session, 20th Apr 2018) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 18:05 on 31-Dec-2018
Brave New World (Introducing Session, 20th Apr 2018) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:37 on 31-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 18:50 on 30-Dec-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 19:56 on 29-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 13:18 on 30-Dec-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:00 on 29-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 20:20 on 27-Dec-2018
Brave New World (Introducing Session, 20th Apr 2018) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:51 on 27-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:07 on 25-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 21:39 on 23-Dec-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:53 on 20-Dec-2018
L’Etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 17:04 on 20-Dec-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 12:03 on 18-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 13:18 on 16-Dec-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 06:22 on 16-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 00:23 on 16-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 20:18 on 13-Dec-2018
I Can’t Breathe Blues – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 16:19 on 13-Dec-2018
Rat In A Cage – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 06:41 on 13-Dec-2018
Brave New World (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:33 on 10-Dec-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 06:31 on 08-Dec-2018
Brave New World (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:33 on 07-Dec-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:39 on 06-Dec-2018
Brave New World (Introducing Session, 20th Apr 2018) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 18:19 on 05-Dec-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 03:25 on 02-Dec-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:58 on 29-Nov-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions 2018) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:13 on 28-Nov-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:29 on 27-Nov-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions 2018) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 18:13 on 25-Nov-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:52 on 24-Nov-2018
Brave New World (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:33 on 16-Nov-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 05:21 on 12-Nov-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:31 on 11-Nov-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 00:51 on 11-Nov-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 16:59 on 10-Nov-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 10:24 on 07-Nov-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 01:41 on 07-Nov-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:26 on 06-Nov-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 01:50 on 06-Nov-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:25 on 04-Nov-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 04:24 on 04-Nov-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:51 on 03-Nov-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:32 on 01-Nov-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 09:07 on 31-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Radio X at 22:54 on 29-Oct-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:05 on 28-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 16:07 on 28-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 03:26 on 27-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 10:30 on 24-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:39 on 22-Oct-2018
L’Etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:26 on 21-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:30 on 21-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 03:22 on 20-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 13:57 on 18-Oct-2018
L’Etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 12:22 on 17-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:11 on 17-Oct-2018
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 12:52 on 16-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:14 on 15-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:56 on 15-Oct-2018
I Can’t Breathe Blues – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:46 on 14-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:34 on 14-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:10 on 14-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 02:19 on 13-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 09:54 on 12-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:13 on 10-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:42 on 10-Oct-2018
L’Etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:32 on 08-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 18:43 on 07-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 19:07 on 06-Oct-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 12:00 on 06-Oct-2018
Orbit (Salmon of Alaska) (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:36 on 05-Oct-2018
Rat In A Cage (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:33 on 05-Oct-2018
Brave New World (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:30 on 05-Oct-2018
Brutus (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:23 on 05-Oct-2018
Et Tu (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:21 on 05-Oct-2018
Ballad of Winston Smith (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:19 on 05-Oct-2018
I Can’t Breath Blues (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:16 on 05-Oct-2018
Free the Slaves (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:14 on 05-Oct-2018
Where No Man Comes (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:10 on 05-Oct-2018
Hate Song (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:07 on 05-Oct-2018
L’Etat C’est Moi (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:03 on 05-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through (LP Version) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:00 on 05-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:57 on 04-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:26 on 04-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:46 on 03-Oct-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:34 on 02-Oct-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 12:34 on 02-Oct-2018
I Can’t Breathe Blues – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 17:27 on 01-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 15:09 on 01-Oct-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 13:16 on 01-Oct-2018
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 12:26 on 01-Oct-2018
Rat In A Cage – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 08:54 on 01-Oct-2018
L’Etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:27 on 30-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 18:46 on 30-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 06:51 on 30-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:54 on 28-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 04:12 on 28-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:22 on 28-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Radio X at 23:02 on 26-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 18:57 on 26-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 11:09 on 26-Sep-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:28 on 25-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:16 on 25-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 17:16 on 24-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 18:10 on 23-Sep-2018
Rat In A Cage  – The Blinders – playing on BBC Introducing Manchester at 21:52 on 22-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:52 on 22-Sep-2018
Et Tu – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 16:23 on 21-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 12:26 on 21-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Radio X at 00:31 on 21-Sep-2018
I Can’t Breathe Blues – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 00:18 on 21-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 19:19 on 20-Sep-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:32 on 18-Sep-2018
Hate Song (Introducing Session, 20th Apr 2018) – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 16:26 on 19-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 13:46 on 18-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Radio X at 22:52 on 17-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 06:44 on 15-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 12:47 on 13-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 00:42 on 11-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 17:21 on 10-Sep-2018
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:42 on 08-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 06:45 on 07-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 17:03 on 06-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 23:20 on 04-Sep-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 20:56 on 04-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:12 on 04-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 16:55 on 03-Sep-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 17:00 on 01-Sep-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 17:06 on 31-Aug-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 15:51 on 31-Aug-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 6 Music at 17:42 on 30-Aug-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 04:53 on 29-Aug-2018
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 20:59 on 28-Aug-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 18:28 on 28-Aug-2018
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on BBC Radio 1 at 14:59 on 26-Aug-2018

Photo-session and Exhibition

The Blinders by Paul Husband (copyrighted)

Professionally taken pictures are the heart and soul of each marketing campaign. For the new album and new tour, The Blinders worked with renowned photographers to ensure that their live images (such as taken by Manchester based photography wizard Trust A Fox) or the ones taken in the studio, are of the best quality.

Their studio session has been shot by Paul Husband, another very talented photographer. And the session went so well that The Blinders’ pictures were used in Paul’s international exhibition that opened on 20th of October 2018 at the Manchester Bar in Montpelier in France! How cool is that!!

Official websites:
https://www.facebook.com/paulhusbandphotography
http://www.paulhusbandphotography.com/
The Manchester Bar:
https://www.facebook.com/manchesterbarmontpellier/
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209585664117446&set=a.1182860230673&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/Huzzie/posts/10156203558447481
https://www.facebook.com/Huzzie/posts/10156250768007481
Review (in French but Google Translate does an amazing job):
http://www.idem-mag.com/paul-husband/?fbclid=IwAR1Zz8D6luCGEJK9L1BkciTrrkLQI2JfckWzYtV6z_uD25YSMWh8iP039XI

Signing and record stores appearances:

21st of September 2018 –  FOPP Manchester

Columbia on the shelves of FOPP in Manchester

And a poster on the wall

Rat In A Cage Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-BpE11KyWs
Brutus Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ZsMQiMh1g
Video by Shell Zenner: 
Pictures Steve Hampson: https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10155931689652725
Article by Louder Than War: https://louderthanwar.com/blinders-album-launch-fopp-records-mcr-21st-september-live-review/

22nd of September 2018 – Action Records, Preston

Poster promoting meet and greet with the band in Preston at Action Records

Poster for fans:
https://www.facebook.com/ActionRecordsUK/photos/a.535513003156819/2208618092512960
Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2158447537761902
Short video: https://twitter.com/NATMPete/status/1043793003884826624/video/1 
Ramona Flowers live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9IIk_3XRRM&feature=share 
Rare cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of a Thin Man”: https://www.instagram.com/p/BooG4prndak/

23rd of September 2018 – Jacaranda Records – Phase One, Liverpool

Jacaranda, Phase One, Liverpool

Review:
http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2018/10/the-blinders-jacaranda-phase-one-liverpool/?fbclid=IwAR3jkPI-98JwhFgzxXwSnUepK9GUKCfDAhaQ9NnF3pNAgh-6JkQqeiU_AhY
https://kevinbarrettphotography.com/2018/09/23/photo-gallery-the-blinders-jacaranda-records-phase-one/
Video:
www.facebook.com/jacrecsphaseone/videos/358599498015099/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bffrWT4PPJo&feature=share
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/jacrecsphaseone/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2154213491565612


https://twitter.com/ActionRecords/status/1044172545916882945?s=20

24th of September 2018  – HMV, Sheffield

HVM poster for Liverpool and Doncaster

Poster number 1: https://twitter.com/hmvtweets/status/1043892894694813696?s=20

Alternative poster for HMV Sheffield

Poster number 2: https://twitter.com/hmvSheffield/status/1044159820742500352/photo/1
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2160241554249167



Video:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoHZ1_KAGLU/

25th of September 2018  – HMV, Doncaster

HMV advert in magazines advertising Columbia

A close up showing detailed information about the release

Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2160714130868576
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/photos/a.1497857810487548/2160891474184175/?type=3&theater


https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/photos/thomas-haywood?phrase=thomas%20haywood&sort=best#license (photosession by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

Although it is not a part of the meet & greet tour, HMV Worcester  receives a honorary mention for displaying this by the main doors. You guys are amazing!
Also, we have heard that Glasgow branch had to be re-stoked twice on the premiere day! Oh me, oh my oh Roy… (but it is the wrong band!)

HMV in Worcester knows the best music when they hear it!

26th of September 2018Rough Trade,  Nottingham 

Official page: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/events/rough-trade-nottingham-the-blinders
Pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/photos/a.1493204590952870/2161284390811550/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2161193344153988 
Video:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoOdXeZBb-F/

27th of September 2018 – Jumbo Records, Leeds

 

Jumbo Records posters for the performance

Pictures: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoL9W8Ghl7C/?taken-by=jumborecords

Another honorable mention is given to an award winning independent record shop, Picadilly Records, Manchester for displaying this beautiful flag on their walls!
Picture:

Columbia banner is ready to be taken to the barricades

Close up number 2

And close up number 3

Works of Arts;
We all know that “Columbia” is a true work of (musical) art and it is nothing shocking that other artists are being inspired by it. If you have seen the band performing on Kendall Calling Festival, you may have noticed two beautiful artworks displayed near the tent. They were made from broken vinyl records and the pieces were assembled into the Columbia’s cover artwork, or the face of Johnny Dream. The artist behind this very unique work is Kirk Whitehouse and his art is known as the “Smashed Hits” artworks. Kirk has been working with pieces of old vinyl records for years and his artworks have been exhibited many times in the UK and abroad. They were also featured in magazines, press and in hundreds of other publications (digital and  print). Kirk is not only a very successful artist but also a volunteer and regional manager for Musicians Against Homelessness charity. His work took him recently to London where he spoke to the Parliament about the growing homelessness crisis.  He managed to convinced several MP’s to their very worth cause! Kirk lives in Birmingham with his wife and two daughters. He is open for commissions so please contact him if you’d like your own smashed hits piece of art.
You can see the picture of the Blinders posing with the Columbia artwork at the festival and with the artist in tow):

Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Smashed-Hits-Broken-vinyl-artwork-583541998364448/
Personal FB profile: https://www.facebook.com/kirk.whitehouse.3
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smashedhits/
Website: http://www.smashedhits.co.uk/

Another artist inspired by The Blinders is the excellent Nick Dillon! Manchester native, Nick is a pop (culture) artist that specializes in portraits using embossing and debossing techniques. Each artwork he makes takes about 100 hours and everything you see is done by hand. Nick’s works have been exhibited numerous times and the biggest rock stars and football clubs are among his clients.  The Columbia artwork is very unique as Nick decided to emboss all lyrics on one canvas – that’s staggering 7500 letters! We don’t know how long this piece took him but it must have been twice the usual amount of time. The artwork will be displayed on The Blinder’s London gig on 7th of November in London.

And here you can see the artwork being prepared. It looks simply breathtaking!

Short video how the finished artwork looks like:

View this post on Instagram

#theblinders hand painted

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Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nickdillon.artwork
Website: https://www.nickdillonart.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickdillonart
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ntd1974/

Fanarts:
The Blinders’ artistic vision is encouraging fans to create as well. The first fan-arts inspired by the dystopian tale are starting to appear and we are sure, there will be more and more coming up soon. Just last month, we only had two artworks created by Polish graphic designer, Marek Zbrozlo and they feature the lead singer (Thomas Haywood) in a traditional style and his alter ego (Johnny Dream) as a comic book character. In the next few weeks, more and more artists joined in and we now  have a small art gallery on the blog!

Thomas Haywood of The Blinders – drawn by Marek Zbrozlo https://www.facebook.com/marek.zbrozlo

Johnny Dream by Marek Zbrozlo
https://www.instagram.com/zbrozlo/

Lucy Evans’ portrait of Johnny Dream
https://twitter.com/lucyevanns

 

Thomas Haywood as Johnny Dream by Ablott Mcr. Please viisit the gallery at: https://www.instagram.com/ablottmcr/

Expressionist mono print with colour underlay copied from a photo by Sam Crowston. Artwork by Ade Riches. You can visit the original at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158081008358298

BANDS F.C. and Bands as Beer 

In July 2018, two friends, Mark and Nick had a genius idea – why not merge bands and musicians’ logos with the logos of their favourite football clubs? After all, it is a common knowledge that there is nothing better under the sun than football and the music. This is how Bands F.C. was born and it quickly took over the world! At this moment, Bands F.C. have nearly 400 logos, badges, prints, t-shirts and one of their design is that for The Blinders! The design merges Doncaster Rovers Football Club logo with the character of Johnny Dream (the make up obviously) and the three Ouroboros joined together (logo of Nasty Men Creations, the visualization company behind all The Blinders videos, pictures and merch).

The Blinders Bands F.C. design

You can also see the design Bands F.C. did for the upcoming Blossoms, The Coral, Fuzzy Sun and Cabbage concert at Edgeley Park (the home stadium of the Stockport Country F.C.) on 22nd of June 2019! We hope to see the bands were their respective t shirts while performing!

You can see the design on their website: https://bandsfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/blinders.png 
You can visit the official website of Doncaster Rovers Football Club at: https://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/

The success of Bands F.C. made it possible for other artists to start something similar. Another artistic initiative called Bands as Beer is trying to merge bands logos with their favorite beverages! Simple but genius! The artists behind the Bands As Beer are working as a collective under the 67 Inc brand. The Blinders have been merged with their favourite beer, The John Smith’s and the results look like this:

The Blinders from Doncaster

You can visit 67 Inc official website at: https://67inc.com/
Ort visit their official Twitter: https://twitter.com/67inc

MISC
The Blinders were used in the newest commercial for BEATSTREAM application that allows to listen to  any gigs on your phone.

 

Video on BT TV music

The Blinders on MTV Rocks

Spotify for the Blinders looks very impressive!

The Party in the State of Columbia never sleeps – as you now know very well by now. So the archives will be updated as time goes on.

Additional reading and studying materials can be obtained here:

Introduction to the band:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/indieterria-presents-the-blinders/
Interview with The Blinders:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/indieterria-meets-the-blinders/
Columbia Review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/indieterria-review-columbia-by-the-blinders/
Birmingham concert review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-castle-and-falcon-in-birmingham/
Bristol Concert review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-thekla-in-bristol/

You can follow The Blinders on inter-webs:
https://theblinders.tmstor.es/
http://facebook.com/theblindersband
http://twitter.com/theblindersband
https://instagram.com/theblinders
https://soundcloud.com/theblinders-music
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Z8Y3Ek99rukRa1Hdo14GE?si=yx5j8oK-RpG6qE7MQtVU5Q

Or their label Modern Sky:
https://modernsky.uk/
https://modernsky.uk/blinders-debut-album-columbia-now-available-pre-order
https://twitter.com/ModernSkyUK
https://www.facebook.com/ModernSkyUK/

We will see you in (Reading) Room 101.

M/R

Indieterria meets The Blinders

Faithful Citizens of The State of Columbia!

The Blinders are less than a month from releasing their debut album. Each day they cover new grounds and by September 21st the world should know the power of their music. This is your duty as a Citizen to assist them in the conquest for our glorious homeland. Pre-order the record, call your local radio station unit and your local news publisher. Talk to your friends and advise them carefully to follow the same instructions. Your faith and co-operation will be rewarded. This humble blog brings you coverage from the front lines and a State approved message. The Blinders will appear at Leeds and Reading Festivals this weekend. But before they hit the stage – they have gracefully answered our questions. So read this interview, spread the word and don`t forget to eat your meat.

Thomas Haywood (vox, guitar, warpaint)
Charlie McGough (bass)
Matthew Neale (drums, vox)

Fans and music press reached a consensus describing you as “must see band” and “one of most original acts in recent years”. Would you like to introduce yourselves to Indieterria readers?
 

The Blinders: Hello Indieterria, individually we are Thomas Haywood, Charlie McGough and Matthew Neale, collectively we are known as the Manchester based band, The Blinders.

You often describe yourselves as “Johnny Dream and Codeine Scene”. It almost feels like there are two distinctive bands involved. So,  while we do the introductions, would you like to tell us who are the members  of Codeine Scene? Do they have names?  Can you elaborate how did you create the stage personas and their meaning? 

The Blinders: There are no specific members as of such. The Codeine Scene was a title banded about by ourselves when we came to name the band. We dismissed the idea and went with ‘The Blinders’ in its place (what fools we were). Johnny Dream plays a small narrative role on stage dressed in warpaint. However, the whole Johnny Dream and The Codeine Scene thing is a vessel we use in our heads to take on egos outside of our own in order to perform The Blinders’ music to its fullest intentions, all the while allowing us to detach ourselves from the on-stage personas. In short, it keeps us sane and allows us to remain grounded.

Why The Blinders? Are you fans of certain drama on BBC 2?

The Blinders: We are fans of the show. When we came to play our first gig, we were without a name so went with it. We didn’t really see it sticking, but here we are talking to you.

You grew up in Doncaster but relocated to Manchester. Is moving to a bigger city  beneficial for starting artists or is the competition for gigs and recognition not worth the effort?

The Blinders: Both were incredibly important places for us in the beginning of our lives as a band. We wouldn’t be where we are without coming to Manchester and playing its venues whilst friends from Doncaster would travel in busloads to continue on supporting us. This seemed to make a statement in a place that can be cliquey at times but were lucky enough to get in with the right people. In terms of bigger cities being beneficial for starting artists, that’s undoubtedly true because the contacts and resources you need exist in these really quite creative and liberal hubs.

It is hard to categorize your music. The Beatles, Police, Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth, Paul Weller, The Jam, Joy Division, Manics, The Doors and Arctic Monkeys were all mentioned as possible inspirations. If you were to review your own art, which musical heritage would  you subscribe to?

The Blinders: We don’t subscribe to a specific heritage. We obviously lean on certain bands or certain sounds, but it would be ludicrous to pigeon hole yourself as a ‘punk’ band. How could you while there are so many avenues to explore and doors to open in the world of music. We learnt how to write music like any other modern artist in the past 60 years, by having a hunger to listen to all music and interpret it in your own way.

There are many pop/cultural, political and historical references in your lyrics. “Ramona Flowers” is a character from a series of graphic stories by Bryan Lee O’Malley, “Brave New World” shares its title with dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, “The ballad of Winston Smith” is an obvious reference to “1984” and “Swine” comes with the hypnotic chorus “There is no hope” that reminds us of the fated scene in “Terminator2 : Judgment Day”. Your admiration for Jack Kerouac is also widely observed.  You are first band since Manic Street Preachers who put their interest art and literature as a centre point of their music. Is it planned or does it naturally come out during the writing process?

The Blinders: It’s certainly not a conscience thing, perhaps we simply write by immediate influence or inspiration. This can be anything from a piece of literature to walking past the same homeless person every day and their story being impressed upon you. We like our lyrics to have a narrative, which is probably why novels and film seem so natural to draw influence from. Call us lazy.

Response to your music is incredible and it reads like a litany: you have been played on BBC 6 Music by several DJs, recorded a session for Steve Lamacq at legendary Maida Vale, Radio X`s John Kennedy is a fan, you have been on BBC Introducing, Louder Than War featured you in print, NME and MusicGlue offered rave reviews, influential zines such as Northern Exposure and Some Might Say champion you, you have been part of influential This Feeling  circuit and your single “Gotta Get Through” stayed on top of charts on Amazing Radio for weeks. You have achieved more in two years than most bands in their life-time. Where do you plan to go from here?

The Blinders: To the top, Johnny! To the Toppermost of the Poppermost!

You have recently signed to a label (Modern Sky UK). That’s a major step for any artist.  Does it come with losing your creative freedom or does it give more fire power to the band?

The Blinders: There’s clearly a balancing act. At the end of the day without signing such a deal we wouldn’t be talking to you about our debut album. We’d still be scrapping around trying get Brave New World recorded. We were given the chance and we took, and we can’t more grateful for that. We are now in a situation where we can pursue art and writing for a living, so you can’t complain.

Your debut LP “Columbia” will come out on 21st September. So far three singles have been made available from the record: “Gotta Get Through”, “L`Etat C`est Moi” and a new version of “Brave New World”. We can`t help but ask. Is Columbia a concept album? 

The Blinders: It can be a concept album for the people who want it to be. There are narratives and theme to be drawn from the album, however a lot of people will enjoy it as just 12 songs to be enjoyed in their own right. It also means different things for us all individually, we just want people to take what they will. If people simply listen to it, that is enough for us.

We know you try to leave room for interpretation for listeners but, in your eyes, if Columbia was  a real place: would it be a state or a town or alternative universe? Would it be more closer to Oceania with its poverty and lack of resources or would it be a highly advanced society (similar to what  is shown on Fear Factory`s trilogy Demanfacture – Obsolete- Digimortal)?

The Blinders: Columbia is drawn from our own reality. There was never any intention on creating our own dystopian world, it created itself from the worst parts of society we live in today. We used the dystopian narrative and language alongside our interpretation of what is going around us today. So Columbia would probably look a lot like what the UK or America does today.

And a question that must follow: is Johnny Dream a friend or a foe? Can we see him more of a real protagonist like Winston Smith or Edgecrusher  or is it just an idea?

The Blinders: Neither, he doesn’t exist.

One of our favourite songs is “L’état, C’est Moi”. The title can be translated as “I am the state” and is commonly attributed to Louis XIV of France. He established the French absolute monarchy and made France the main political power in Europe in his time. Surprisingly, the song feels very accurate in the current political climate as well. Tell us more about this song and its message.

The Blinders: The song was written around the very phrase that came out of his supposed mouth. It was something we’d picked up in a book somewhere and it stuck with us. As you say, it seems relevant, especially to a world in which frankly insane politicians and other insufferable individuals appear to be grabbing power and moving society in a direction in a way which seems to show a complete disregard for the people.

Once the album is out, you will embark on a 22- date headlining tour around the country. That will be the biggest tour to date. Are there any venues or towns that you are looking forward to visit?

The Blinders: Manchester feels most like home when we play, so that will hopefully be a highlight. We’re not really sure what to expect, we’re just looking forward to getting back on the road.

“Columbia” is being promoted by cryptic advertisements in the press, made out of fragments of lyrics.  What a great idea! What else can we expect? Secret shows?  New single or a video? Are you able to reveal any secrets?

The Blinders: We are working on something here and there, but our lips are currently sealed.

At the end of  August you will  headline BBC stage at Reading/Leeds festivals. What can we expect from your set. And since the show is sold out, will there be a chance to see/hear your performance afterwards? 

The Blinders: We’re presuming that a song or two are going to be filmed, so that will be there for your viewing pleasure.

There is a certain darkness in your music. In “Berlin Wall” you ask if voice of a sole person still matters.  In one of your older songs “Swine”, you sing “I need not to be, a man in the street”.  It is a brazen declaration of intent to escape the routine and grey existence of the common man. Yet, many of the most important events of the 20th century were started by the everyman, those invisible individuals who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. We can mention the Tankman, a still unidentified man who stood in the way of tanks coming to suppress the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in China, Ryszard Siwiec (Poland) and Jan Palach (Czech Republic) who set themselves on fire in protest against police brutality against the Prague Spring, or August Landmesser who refused to perform the Nazi salute after becoming engaged to Jewish woman, Irma Eckler. Their sacrifices contributed to massive social mobilizations and in effect bringing down regimes and corrupted governments. Maybe each one of us is really capable of changing the world?

The Blinders:  As we mentioned before, many of our songs are drawn from the worst parts of our society. Combined with our existential perspective of whether any of this even matters anymore, naturally there is a darkness. In terms of our capabilities as individuals, we can commit incredibly powerful acts. Those acts are even more powerful in unison but that’s the problem we have. How can we stand together while those in power seek to divide us?

In May you have released a short film/video to “L’etat C`est Moi” that was a collaboration between Tom and Sam Crowston. It ends with the mysterious “to be continued”. Are you working on part deux? Will we learn what happened to the messenger and what exactly he was given to deliver?

The Blinders: We had a lot of fun creating that piece, and it’s something we intend to return to. When that will be is another question.

Cover artwork for Columbia Photo by Sam Crowston
https://www.facebook.com/sam.crowston

Let’s say The Blinders were offered to take up teaching residency at the university for the duration of one term.  What subject would you like to teach: creative writing, English literature or political science? Is there something really important to you that you’d like your students to remember?

The Blinders: It would undoubtedly be something on the subject of History, Politics or Sociology. We each have a tutor or lecturer which we were greatly inspired by whilst we attended university/sixth form. We’d like to spark the same inspiration in our hypothetical students.

Let us ask you about the swine masks that are a recurring element in your videos. Your technical crew members were also known to wear them during live shows. Who or what are they?  Columbia’s secret service or symbol of corrupted regimes?

The Blinders: A lot of features in our work tends to start as something trivial, with little meaning attached. We then allow it to manifest into its own ‘thing’. This happened with the masked men, Johnny Dream and our vision of Columbia. It’s a very fun way to work.

One last question. We have already established that you are designed for rock and roll greatness, but if you weren’t in a band, what careers would you pursue?

The Blinders: We’d probably all be butchers or something.

Please read our introduction to the band (long read format):

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/indieterria-presents-the-blinders/

You can follow The Blinders on dystopian (social) media

https://theblinders.tmstor.es/
http://facebook.com/theblindersband
http://twitter.com/theblindersband
https://instagram.com/theblinders
https://soundcloud.com/theblinders-music
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Z8Y3Ek99rukRa1Hdo14GE?si=yx5j8oK-RpG6qE7MQtVU5Q

Or their label Modern Sky:

https://modernsky.uk/
https://modernsky.uk/blinders-debut-album-columbia-now-available-pre-order
https://twitter.com/ModernSkyUK
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or just stream the soundtrack to the dark times:

We will be doing a proper review of Columbia once it comes out. Till then we hope you enjoyed our profile and the interview with the band.

Big, big thank you to Caffy St Luce (A&R extraordinaire and our PR goddess) and Paul Fassam (the manager super hero) for all their help and assistance, the band for answering the litany of questions and their patience and Modern Sky for everything else.

This broadcast has been created for the glory and prosperity of The State of Columbia.

YOU ARE BEING WATCHED.

M/R

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