The Columbia Tour Continues – Anno Domini 2019

Dear Comrades!

So the October/November, 22-date Columbia tour is now a history. Another page in the book is now turned and we are looking towards the future, remembering the amazing music, new friends we made and places we went to. It was a bit of a blur, we have to admit. First the preparations, album release, the visits to record stores, then the gigs and now we find ourselves back to square one!

The Blinders are watching you! Picture copyright by Modern Sky UK

What does that mean? First of all, the well deserved rest for the band, management and the technical crew who worked like house elves over the last few months. Then of course, it is the writing of the new material, recording session for the second album sometime next year and even more gigs! The Blinders’ booking team is working really hard to satisfy the demand to see them play live. The band already have multiple shows booked for December 2018 and the beginning of 2019. We will be putting them all here, in one separate blog as it is easier to keep an eye on everything that will be happening soon.

If you’d like to read some of the previous blogs about The Blinders, please use the links below.

Are you ready for the 2019? Picture copyright by Modern Sky UK

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 Tour:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-tour/
Columbia Library Archives:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/indieterria-presents-the-columbia-library-archives/ 
Castle and Falcon, Birmingham concert review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-castle-and-falcon-in-birmingham/
Thekla, Bristol concert review:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/indieterria-review-the-blinders-at-thekla-in-bristol/

Alongside the newly added tour dates, this blog will include everything else that our other posts have taken into account: interview, articles, reviews, press mentions, newsletters, videos and pictures etc. We will try (again) to prepare some sort of an encyclopedia containing all data, sources and information that should give you a clear picture of what is happening on the road. This post will be growing as new dates are added, as new materials are found – if we miss something, please kindly point us in the right direction and we will add the missing links or pictures. If you’d like to contribute something – that’s even better! We always love hearing from other fans and since it is impossible for us to be at every gig, we welcome any help in documenting the Blinders’ journeys. Each section is clearly marked so please check them as the time goes by – you will find new information being added!

Visualization videos:
The Blinders are working closely with Sam Crowston and Nasty Men Creations to bring you the best visualizations for their tour. All  videos will be added one under the other. We already have few available for your viewing pleasure!

Merch:
The band has listened to their fans and a new merchandise selection has been added to their official store. Right now you can choose among seven different types of tees, bags, badges and many more items. The merch can be ordered through the band’s official website, but also will be available at the gigs. If you like anything, grab it!

Official store can be accessed at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/

New t-shirts available in the official store

Another update of the stock!

And even more goodies

The Red Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The Red Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40663

The Red Blinder

The Black Ringer Wave Logo Shirt- AKA The Black Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40664

The Black Blinder

The White Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The White Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41044

The White Blinder

The Red Logo shirt – AKA The Columbia Blinder can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40665

The Columbia Blinder

The Johnny Dream shirt can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=38134

The Johnny Dream shirt

The Black Wave Logo Jumper can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41045

Black Wave Logo Jumper

The Red Barbed Wire Grey T-Shirt – AKA The Wire Blinder shirt can be ordered at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=41046

The Wire Blinder

Newsletter:
The Blinders have a lovely newesletter that is being send out each month. If you’d like to be on top with all news, views, reviews and gigs or read the archived entries, please subscribe at: https://mailchi.mp/b25c7d36fed6/were-taking-columbia-to-europe?e=0d5ce7e9eb

The newsletter sent on 30th of November lists all announced gigs, so please take a look at the screenshot we took for you:

Newsletter 30th of November 2018

Articles:
https://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/221228/9  (European tour)
https://www.rgm.press/the-blinders-announce-christmas-special-hometown-show-on-19th-dec (Christmas Show in Doncaster)
https://www.radiox.co.uk/artists/noel-gallaghers-high-flying-birds/2019-tour-dates-tickets-support-info/ (Sunday Session in Exeter)
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/noel-gallaghers-high-flying-birds-2291547 (Sunday Session in Exeter)
https://www.musikblog.de/2018/12/musikblog-praesentiert-the-blinders  (German Tour)
https://www.palatinate.org.uk/the-punk-manifesto-the-rebirth-of-rock (general, The Blinders mentioned)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/01/live4ever-interview-the-wytches-kristian-bell-on-influences-inspiring-new-bands-and-album-3/ (general, The Blinders mentioned)
https://blog.ticketmaster.nl/muziek/nieuwe-muziek-op-esns-cassia-sarah-klang-en-meer-5083  (ESNS, Groningen, The Netherlands)
https://www.djbroadcast.net/article/142466/new-wave-festival-dooft-generatiekloof (Grauzone Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands – The Blinders featured on pictures)
http://www.tenementtv.com/news/gig-news-sailor-jerry-announce-three-scottish-shows-month/ (La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Sailor Jerry Presents)
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/fabulous/3939355/sailor-jerrys-sj-presents-gig-cocktail-giver-black-honey-blinders-she-drew-the-gun-march/ La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Sailor Jerry Presents)
http://launch.theaureview.com/music/here-are-all-the-uk-acts-playing-the-british-music-embassy-at-sxsw-2019/ (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
https://www.fatsoma.com/confessional/m3ch9qht/confessional-festival-2019 (Confessional Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn, United Kingdom)
https://herzmukke.de/news/uk-newcomer-konzertguide/ (German tour, general)

Interviews:

Interview for Madchester at Alphabet Brewery in Manchester:

 

Interview at SWG3 in Glasgow for DiscoveryMusic:
https://www.discoverymusicscotland.com/blog/interview-the-blinders-swg3-glasgow-22-12-18

Interview with Toby Foster at Breakfast (BBC Sheffield, 31.01.2019)

Toby Foster interviewed the Blinders about their trip to SXSW

The Blinders played two songs on the show: “Ballad of Winston Smith” (34:35 minute mark) and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Tin Man”(1:35:00 mark)


Interview with Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams (BBC Introducing Manchester, 09.03.2019)

The Blinders were interviewed before going to SXSW in Austin Texas plus they performed two songs on the show: “Brave New World” and “ICB Blues”. The interview starts at 1:06:09 mark).
You can listen to it at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p071ttrx
Or you can listen to our clip below:

Interview with Amy Smolcic of Wicked Child zine at SXSW (15th of March 2019)
http://www.wickeddchildd.com/2019/03/interview-blinders-chat-all-things-sxsw.html

Reviews:

https://louderthanwar.com/music-weapon-mcr-punks-west-papua-live-review/ (Alphabet Brewery, Manchester)
https://www.tellmeliesaboutmanchester.co.uk/2018/12/music-is-weapon-mcr-punks-for-west.html (Alphabet Brewery, Manchester)
http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2018/12/the-blinders-the-membranes-witch-fever-and-more-alphabet-brewing-co-manchester/ (Alphabet Brewery, Manchester)
https://dianewordsworth.com/2018/12/20/review-the-blinders-social-bar-doncaster/ (Social, Doncaster)
https://louderthanwar.com/in-the-flesh-swg3-glasgow-live-review/ (SWG3 In the Flesh!, Glasgow)
https://www.discoverymusicscotland.com/blog/gig-preview-baby-strange-more-22nd-december (SWG3 In the Flesh!, Glasgow)
https://www.discoverymusicscotland.com/blog/gig-review-in-the-flesh-swg3-glasgow-22-12-18 (SWG3 In the Flesh!, Glasgow)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/01/everything-everything-the-blinders-and-more-live-at-victoria-warehouse-manchester/ (Kendal Calling NYE, Manchester)
https://poppedmusic.co.uk/2019/01/09/live-review-kendal-calling-nye/  (Kendal Calling NYE, Manchester)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/01/the-blinders-secs-carnival-club-big.htm (Night People NYE, Manchester)
https://www1.wdr.de/fernsehen/rockpalast/events/the-blinders-eurosonic-neunzehn-100.html (ESNS Groningen, The Netherlands Photo Review)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/02/the-blinders-c33s-hebden-bridge-trades.html (Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/03/sxsw-2019-feat-fontaines-d-c-black-midi-the-blinders-and-more/ (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
http://www.wickeddchildd.com/2019/03/live-review-sxsw-2019-night-four-ft.html (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)

International Reviews:
“The Manchester based trio, The Blinders play each of their songs as it was their last. The intensity of their performance is enormous but it works surprisingly well creating a psychedelic garage rock genre. Punkrock meets shoegaze guitars, droning bass beat and grinding drumming, leads to an unusual combination. Live shows are something everyone has to see – the band gives everything they have to the audience: warpaint, sweat and bloodied instruments. This is pure frenzied performance influenced by Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and The Fall. The BBC has had them on their radar for a couple of years now and called them a ‘Must-See band'”  – WDR.DE after ESNS performance at Vera Club in Groningen (translation from German)
https://www1.wdr.de/…/bands/ueber-the-blinders-100.html

“When a festival as big as ESNS takes place in one single city, you constantly rush from one concert hall to the other to be able to see all the interesting acts. In many cases, you have to queue and you miss half of the performance trying to either get into the venue or to leave it. Besides the acts that we managed to see without interruptions, we would like to name 5 bands whose fragmented performances were of pure class. They are: The Blinders, Drahla, Ocean Wisdom, FEET and Whispering Sons. Also, a special mention goes to The Slow Readers Club, a band sharing the same label with The Blinders. We have seen maybe 6 minutes of their show but the riff and the chorus to ‘You Opened Up My Heart’ was the highlight of Eurosonic for us” – Bart Somers for IndieStyle (translation from Belgian)
https://www.indiestyle.be/live/vijf-hoogtepunten-van-esns-2019

“After the Shellac performance, The Smaller Gallery is filling up fast for the next act. The Blinders enter the stage accompanied by the soundtrack from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and a great dosage of smoke. Their set is composed of solid punk rock and indie music that is delivered with a lot of energy. As usual, the singer/guitarist Thomas, wears face paint that reminds us of black metal bands. Although we have seen The Blinders before (at ESNS), we truly enjoyed their gig.” – Frank De Jong & Marco Vlot at Grauzone Festival for 3VOOR12 (multimedia platform of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting VPRO for alternative and indie music) https://3voor12.vpro.nl/lokaal/den-haag/artikelen/overzicht/2019/februari/Grauzone-2019.html (translation from Dutch)

Indiestad Review

“Adding a handful of new and exciting bands to the line up was a smart move. The Blinders, Rendez-Vous, Snapped Ankles and German new wave act Lebanon Hanover need to be distinguished from the rest of the line up. Also, it was worth seeing the Graukunst by Genesis Breyer – P Orridge, a film about John Lydon (‘The Public Image is Rotten’) and of course, the famous record market and the DJ sets. Once again, Grauzone proved to be a varied festival that managed to sell out few days in advance” – Indiestad Magazine (Paradiso Club online magazine)
https://www.paradiso.nl/nl/nieuws/grauzone-heeft-duidelijk-herkenbare-roots-maar-voelt-toch-eigentijds/57961/
https://www.paradiso.nl/nl/landing/indiestad/721/indiestad/604/

TOUR:
Concerts, festival appearances and other gigs are slowly filling up the band’ schedule. 2019 seems like a very busy year as it will take them to mainland Europe and all over the UK again. To make it easy for you to keep an eye on all booked events, we decided to create a calendar! It is easy and very efficient. Of course, we will be updating the blog as the shows happen so each section you see below, will be extended. Each entry in the calendar contains full description for the event, address, links and other useful information. If the stage times or a place has not been fully confirmed yet, it is market as TBA (to be announced). The calendar will also be updated as more details are revealed.

You can also access the calendar by clicking on the link below:
https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=dmFuYWRpYW5hdmVudWVAZ21haWwuY29t (requires you to log into Gmail)
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=vanadianavenue%40gmail.com&ctz=Etc%2FGMT (open calendar to non Gmail users)


December 2018:

Manchester Punks for West Papua – now completed

Drumming for Freedom poster

The first (post-Columbia tour) confirmed gig took place on 1st of December 2018 in Manchester at Alphabet Brewery. It was a charity performance aiming to collect funds to help the native people of West Papua. The Blinders were joined on the bill by The Membranes, John Robb, Mancunian all-girl grunge punk revelation Witch Fever  and MFU (Modern Family Unit). This was more of an industry meeting that a normal “concert”, with networking space, talks and speakers. We will review it in a separate blog entry as so much was happening, it is hard to describe everything in few sentences
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2197782957176595/
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/MCRPunks4WestPapua
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156089498812725
https://www.facebook.com/566671270/posts/10156667226406271/
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156886723767856&id=690587855
https://www.facebook.com/malcolm.burke.3/posts/2020532861357466
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=255582881777209
pic.twitter.com/GSiWVDPJbv
pic.twitter.com/MXsYMcE00U
pic.twitter.com/GSiWVDPJbv

Before the event, the band recorded a short video explaining why they support this noble cause:

 

Avalanche Xmas Party – now completed

Avalanche Xmas Party ft very special guests poster

Gig number 2 took place on 8th of December. For several reasons, it was one of the most unusual concerts that The Blinders played. First of all, it was organized by the headliner – The Avalanche Party and it was their personal, open to the public, Christmas Party.  Secondly, the show was free entry, first come – first serve basis. Thirdly – it took place in the picturesque North Yorkshire sea village of Staithes that has a strong connection to the famous captain, James Cook. Avalanche Party and The Blinders were joined by Strange Bones and The Black Lagoons and the party started at 8:30 pm sharp. There were no reservations, tickets available only at the door and yet the place was packed tight. The venue, Captain Cook Inn, is very small and has about 80 people capacity and all of the tickets were sold out in just two days. What was happening you may ask? Well, according to reports, the show was absolutely stunning. The mosh pit was everywhere, shirts were removed quite early on and it was a blissfully sweaty affair, with singers being carried in the air by the crowd, gas masks were worn and the after party was a good old rock and roll history in the making. During the Blinder’s set, Johnny Dream took a day off and Thomas Haywood stepped in (the make up was gone!). The band performed their standards (“Brutus”, “Brave New World”, “Gotta Get Through” and “ICB Blues”) and two new ones “Lunatic with a gun” and ” Whiter”. Many fans are now calling for a full tour to be organized and we think this is a brilliant idea. Every venue would be sold out – this is not a marketing drill or “fake it till you make it” technique. This is a true fact. Each of those bands play a fantastic set, they also have their dedicated audiences, they play music that fits together and they never tourd the UK in this line up before. Since we posted information about this gig on our blog, at least 20 people contacted us asking if there will be future shows. Ladies and gents in the management for each of those killer acts – can we ask for at least several shows next year? Dear Santa, we have been very good this year!

Venue: The Captain Cook Inn
Address: 60 Staithes Lane, Staithes, North Yorkshire, TS13 5AD, tel. 01947 840200, email: thecaptaincookinn@gmail.com
Official website: http://www.captaincookinn.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecaptaincookinnstaithes/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/300658990782027/
Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/thecaptaincookinnstaithes/posts/2270653563005560

https://www.modeldphotography.co.uk/proofing/avalanche-party-staithes-08dec18
Videos:
https://www.facebook.com/thecaptaincookinnstaithes/videos/1974955859476975/ (Strange Bones)
https://www.facebook.com/david.hayhoe1/videos/10218038686987402  (Strange Bones)
https://www.facebook.com/david.hayhoe1/videos/10218038226735896/ (The Black Lagoons)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/videos/10156755092904847/ (The Black Lagoons)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/posts/10156755161334847 (Avalanche Party)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/videos/10156755160964847 (Avalanche Party plus Thomas Haywood on guitar)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/posts/10156755123954847 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/videos/pcb.10214390486330620/10214390431689254/ (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/videos/pcb.10214390486330620/10214390439809457 (The Blinders)

The Blinders at Social in Doncaster – now completed

Doncaster poster

Number three show in the Blinders’ December calendar was their annual pilgrimage to their place of origin, aka Doncaster. The band played their beloved Social Club on 19th of December in their home town and Calva Louise acted as their support. Tickets were available only in person from the venue and as you may correctly guessed, it was another sold out show for the band. The doors opened at 7:30, by 8:00, Calva Louise were on stage and The Blinders rocked the crowd at 9:00. This was a very special show with massive mosh pit (loads of girls in the front we are happy to report!) and two new songs. The first one, performed as a second during their set, was actually a brand new version of a song written by Thomas Haywood about 3 years ago and was titled “Wither”. You can listen to its very, very early version on Thomas’ personal Soundcloud account: https://soundcloud.com/thomas-haywood-141688445/wither
The second new song “Lunatic With A Gun” was played as the 10th song in the set. It was premiered for the first time nearly a month earlier at the charity gig in Manchester and confused a lot of people when it suddenly stopped. This time, the public was prepared so the band didn’t have to explained it was the end of the track! The band’s set was also significantly longer than usual: it contained 14 songs and one encore “Swine”. The show lasted over an hour and 10 minutes and the order of the songs was completely new – the fans loved it. Oh, and the war paint was back so Johnny Dream survived Thekla and the Last Battle of Bristol.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/socialdoncaster/
Venue address: Lazarus Court Bradford Row, Bradford Row, Doncaster DN1 3NF, England
Opening hours: 7:30-11:00pm (gig), after party till 4:00am
Tickets: £8
Pictures:

pic.twitter.com/DhWoJZNHsz
pic.twitter.com/2TdX7oBnVQ
pic.twitter.com/3rkv6zvEQH
pic.twitter.com/ygMzsLqVnx
pic.twitter.com/eTxhTsdwE9
pic.twitter.com/R3RJiSkpvx – Santa at the Merch
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/posts/10157050184715680
Videos: 
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/videos/10157051450675680/ (Welcome to Columbia Intro)
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/videos/10157050065595680/ (Berlin Wall)
 (Where No Man Comes)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrnEZRuAPvT/ (Gotta Get Through)

IN THE FLESH! Glasgow at SWG3 Festival – now completed

Baby Strange presents In The Fresh – poster for Glasgow show

Poster number 2

Additional poster with time schedules

Fourth event booked for 22 of December was the IN THE FLESH! mini festival in Glasgow. It was a large show with two different venues inside the massive SWG3 Studios and Warehouse. The doors opened exactly at 3 pm and the first band to perform on Stage 1 was the The Vanities (they played between 4:00 and 4:30). They were followed by Walt Disco (5:00-5:30), then Rascalton (6:00-6:30) with Neon Waltz, headlining from 7:00 till 7:45. The Stage 2 was the main stage and their programme was longer and more varied. CRYSTAL started at 4:30 till 5:00 pm, followed by Voodoos, (5:30-6:00), LUCIA (6:30-7:00), then The Blinders took the stage  for a full 45 minute set (8:00-8:45) and the evening was finished by an excellent performance from BABY STRANGE. Curfew for the show was 10:00 pm. Tickets were priced at £15 and you needed to be +14 to enter.

What can we say about the show? It was another Christmas party and it went very well. Less than 100 tickets remained at the doors and the venue was filled tightly. The band gave a full performance, the set list was almost identical to the one from Doncaster with the exception of “Wither” that was replaced by “Swine”. The Blinders had a fantastic time and so did the audience who praised the trio’s energetic performance and technical abilities.

More information about the event can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/299129417484166/
https://www.facebook.com/SWG3glasgow/ 

Pictures:


https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtLcZ1gQmf/ 
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtUGVBAany/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Brs-n0-nVfJ/
Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtV5XqFee0/ (Berlin Wall)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtTDeInuXg/ (pictures and Brave New World video)
https://twitter.com/discoverymusic_/status/1077272579537281026 (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4GGWSTRCEc (ICB Blues)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPw4nWYUe_U (L’Etat C’est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSgT-9NOPEw (Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HdMd5l4kKs (Et Tu/Brutus/Berlin Wall)

Kendal Calling New Year’s Eve, Manchester – now completed
If you didn’t know where to go to celebrate the NYE, but you wanted to see the band, you had the chance to catch them twice in one night in their (adopted) hometown of Manchester. And it was not just any other regular night – it was the New Years’s Eve! The first opportunity to see The Blinders on stage was at Kendal Calling New Year’s Party. Andy Smith and his team organized a special show to celebrate not only the beginning of 2019, but also to thank all those who attended the festival in the summer.

Kendall Calling New Years’ Eve Extravaganza!

Victoria Warehouse is a large venue and several hundred people partied hard to the music of Everything Everything, Tom Greenan, Felix Hagan and The Family, and two large DJ sets from The Hacienda legend Dave Haslam and Howling Rhythm. Doors were opened at 6:30 pm, the show started exactly at 7 pm and finished around 2 am. This was one of the rare occasions to see Dave Haslam returning to the DJ booth and re-creating a true Hacienda Rave party. As you can imagine, this line up managed to attract quite a crowd. The Blinders played as a second act of the evening, right after the truly enjoyable set by Felix Hagan and The Family. Their set was 30 minute long between 20:00 and 20:30 pm. As usual, they started off with “Gotta Get Through” that merged into “Brace New World”. A strong and aggressive beginning allowed the public to jump and dance and it was good to see the Blinders on a full scale, stadium-like stage. “Where no man comes” and “ICT Blues” followed and the set was closed with “Brutus”.

Promo videos:

 

Official website: https://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/nye
Follow Kendal Calling on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KendalCalling
Follow Kendal Calling on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kendalcalling/
Kendal Calling NYE event: https://www.facebook.com/events/350487972161091/

Pictures:

You can see a massive gallery taken by Gary Lambert at
https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/2e28eb87245b4a9ca6cd0a7e656b7fdc

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsEMJUsjzSQ/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGbMNUAced/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsF0kx7AzdD/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsEKYg6Ahj_/
pic.twitter.com/5LaDIRMDRb

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsEH_uPDPGD/ (Gotta Get Through)

Night People New Year’s Party, Manchester – now completed
After finishing their duties at Kendal Calling, The Blinders made their way to Night People to play a second show of the evening. They have been the mysterious headliner advertised on the posters, probably the worst kept secret in the entire Kingdom of Mancunia as everyone knew who that headliner was. Just look at the posters below (by the way, the event has amassed 4 different promotional graphics, which is quite something) and count the question marks. Very clever, isn’t it? The New Year’s Party at Night People was in fact a small festival. 8 bands were booked to play, but sadly at the last minute, Naked Six had to cancel due to illness. The doors were opened at 7:30 and the first band to play was The Big Peach (20:45-21:15). The quintet describes themselves as “5 rock n roll outlaws making Manchester their own 1960’s wild west frontier – they sound quite interesting so please give them a spin. Carnival Club were next with their slot lasting 30 minutes (21:30-22:00). Nicknamed as “Patron Saints of Rock and Roll”, the quartet has made quite an impressions on the locals and will play a large tour in 2019. Things started getting really interesting when the third band appeared on stage. SECS were advertised as Manchester’s first super group and all we knew before the show was, it was formed by members of The Blinders, Calva Louise and Strange Bones. Once SECS started playing exactly at 22:20 (a bit fashionably late), the mystery of who exactly was in the band was revealed. Jess Eastwood of Calva Louise took the role of main vocalist and guitarist, \ of Strange Bones sang backing vocals and played lead guitar and Matty Neale of The Blinders filled his usual post as a drummer. A real surprise was to see The Blinders’ frontman, Thomas Haywood joining them on stage as a…bassist! SECS set was brilliant (but of course), energetic and the group had so much fun playing together. They played several songs including “Easy”, “I Know” and “Hang on”. We hope that they will be playing more often but this seems rather unlikely as this year will be very busy for their main bands. At 23:00 pm, The Blinders took to the stage. While playing with SECS, Thomas wore a white shirt, he was all smiles and seems relaxed. When he returned to the stage as Johnny Dream, his face was very focused, the warpaint back on. Yet during the gig, and when the sweat started washing the make up away, his smile returned, he greeted and saluted the crowd and exchanged short laughs with Charlie and Matty. It was good to see them enjoying playing for their friends and families – a much different call than when they are on tour in unfamiliar places. They played “Gotta Get Through”, “L’Etat C’est Moi”, “Hate Song”, “ICB Blues”, “Et Tu/BerlinWall/Brutus”, “Brave New World”, “Rat in a Cage”, “Ramona Flowers”, “Wither” and “Swine”, although not in that particular order 🙂 The set finished several minutes before midnight and it was the time for John Hall to do the honours and count down to announce the new year. Saytr Play, one of our discoveries in 2018, played next, the first band to rock 2019. They started with “Don’t Go East”, with “VCR”, “To Be The One”, “L.I.F.E.”, “Mother’s Love”, “Fragile”, “Band Average” and “Everyday Since” forming the rest of their set. After 1:00 am, alternative duo (and first cousins) Sly Antics appeared to entertain the public with quite an impressive concert consisting of “Motion”, “Bin Juice”, “B-Side”, “Roads”, “Choose Your Words”, “Fresh Bites”, “Reality”, “Lights Go Down” and “Sunday Fear”. Please take a closer look at them if you have a chance, those guys are really something else! Replacing Naked Six, Octoptus finished the live music for the evening with their set nearly at 02:45am. The party went on til 6 am with several DJ sets, but that’s a different story!

Official poster for the NY all night party

Stage times for the party

Alternative poster

Official website: http://www.nightpeoplemcr.com/event/nye-2018/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1843706492331714/

Gallery:

Pictures:
pic.twitter.com/xpu1e0x8oK  – The Blinders
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2246623788996281&set=a.1382457755412893&type=1&theater – SECS
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2246623872329606&set=a.1382457755412893&type=1&theater – SECS
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg6xnIrTDCw – SECS (Easy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZuQlofzcxk – SECS (Hang On)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIXF_NkLjaw – SECS (I know)
pic.twitter.com/eAz1cxM9uv – SECS (Easy)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsLNltAAN_M/ – SECS + The Blinders (Swine)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGNbl8BxaE/  – The Blinders (Swine and pictures)
https://www.facebook.com/miss.shiv/videos/10156808675499847/ – The Blinders (Brave New World)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGw0nmALXW/  – The Blinders (Columbia Intro + Gotta Get Through)
https://www.facebook.com/paul.tansey.90/posts/10157081631140680 – The Blinders pictures and videos (Et Tu/Brutus/Berlin Wall, Rat in a Cage, Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCV3bZ2jd_k – The Blinders (Gotta Get Through)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90QLQSOl0qw – The Blinderds (L’Etat C’est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyNALiVVGTg – The Blinders (Swine)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltTFN7SKMO0 – The Blinders (ICB Blues)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfomOud_um4 – The Blinders (Rat in a Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaWUMmyxd0s – The Blinders (Ramona Flowers)

2019 tour

First TV performance and interview at Soccer AM (Sky1), London – now complete
The new year started like a Hitchcock’s thriller – first the earthquake and then the tension slowly started rising up. On January 2nd, The Blinders announced that they would appear on national television for the first time in their career! They have been invited for an interview and performance to the popular Saturday morning program, Soccer AM on 5th of January! Just moments after the news appeared on the official social media channels, the Columbia I-net went into some soft of an overdrive. Fans bombarded the band with questions, exclamation marks and congratulations.

Soccer AM announcement!

And a reminder – do not miss this kids!

Just look at the comments posted online – the Blinders have the most loyal fans

The Blinders spent entire day on Friday recording the program alongside Liam Ridgewell (defender and the captain of Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers) and Ceallach Spellman (actor and TV presenter). They performed “Brave New World” live in the studio, answered a lot of questions (favourite football teams, how it felt to play two gigs on New Years Eve, what is Columbia and who is Johnny Dream) and even had a chance to shoot penalties. Thomas and Charlie sadly missed, but Matty showed the world that he is not only a skilled drummer, but can kick the ball like a pro. He also sent kisses left and right after scoring a goal. The show was broadcast on Sky1 on Saturday exactly at 10:00 am and finished at 11:30.

The performance can be seen on Soccer AM Facebook page:

Penalties:

The interview:

After the videos and performances were uploaded online, the band basically went viral. The video to Brave New World has been viewed nearly 30.000 times in less than 12 hours. We have been monitoring the rising statistics  for the entire day and Malicia did a nice post to sum it all up. But of course the numbers keep on growing and will continue to grow so please hang tight, it is going to be a nice ride! So far we managed to count: 30.000 views for their performance on Facebook, 23.000 on Twitter, Matty’s goal scored nearly 30.000 views as well. Nearly 1000 likes, over 700 comments across the band’s social channels…Amazing!

Official website: https://www.skysports.com/watch/tv-shows/soccer-am
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoccerAM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoccerAM/

Pictures:
pic.twitter.com/3jKsXkuBku
pic.twitter.com/0tspWrCELh
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsQQxHDnZA5/ (more than 5k likes!)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsP4-B-hg1U/
Videos:
https://twitter.com/SoccerAM/status/1081532012660289537 – Matty’s goal (43k views so far!)
https://twitter.com/i/status/1081505591132966912  – Brave New World performance (26k views on Twitter)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsSk2hKAz6Q/ – The Blinders on the field, goal cam (9k views)

ESNS Eurosonic Noorderslag, The Netherlands – now complete
Eurosonic Noorderslag (abbreviated ESNS) is one of the biggest music conference in Europe. It is an equivalent of South by South West and each year thousands of people travel to the city of Groningen to participate. There are hundreds of concerts in 47 different venues, meetings, talks and panels regarding every part of the music industry – from mech and touring to PR, legal advice and international recording deals. Every genre (from metal to folk music) was represented and everybody could find something that would make them tap their feet or dance. ESNS 2019 took place on 16th-19th January and it was The Blinders’ first international festival! More than 300 acts were confirmed, from every European county. The Blinders joined Boy Azooga, Fontaines D.C., Bülow, Pip Blom and many other established acts. Plus, the festival added them to their official Spotify list! You could say that the first trip to mainland Europe was a success even before the band landed in the Netherlands!

ESNS logo

When The Blinders were booked to play at ESNS in the summer last year, the news of their appearance at the festival caused a huge anticipation among media and gig goers. The demand to see them live grew even further after the word of their sold out Columbia tour traveled abroad. The concert at VERA Club (one of the biggest venues in Groningen) took place on Thursday 17th of January between 23:45 and 00:30 CET. The band performed alongside Any Other (Italy), Fontaines D.C. (Ireland) and Scúru Fitchádu (Portugal) to fully packed venue. Tickets to the show were sold out weeks in advance and at least 100 people were left standing outside the club and sadly could not get in! We were lucky that riots have not started in the streets! The trio played their entire 50 minute set that English fans already know from their autumn tour, but the European fans were mesmerized! They started with “Gotta Get Through”, followed with “Brave New World”, “Free the Slaves”, “ICB Blues”, “Where No Man Comes” and of course they closed their set with the murderous marathon of “Brutus”, “Et Tu” and “Berlin Wall”.  The audience gave them a long ovation after they left the stage. It will be a night the band and the public will never forget! We have to mention one thing – for the first time we had a chance to see the entire band playing in the matching clothing. Thomas Haywood took on his usual persona of Johnny Dream (black trousers and black bohemian loose shirt plus warpaint), but Charlie and Matty also wore only black. Charlie is usually dressed in dark suit with white shirt underneath (resembling Nick Cave) but this time wore only black silky shirt and dark trousers. Matty wore a dark short sleeve shirt and elegant dark trousers as well, instead of his preferred attire composed of a grey tee and a pair of jeans. One journalist jokingly described them as Men in Black!

The Blinders page on ESNS website

Official link: https://esns.nl/artist/the-blinders/
Official Spotify list: smarturl.it/esns19rock
Twitter: https://twitter.com/esns
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esnsfestival/
VERA Club: https://www.vera-groningen.nl/events/eurosonic-2019-day-2/?lang=en
VERA Twitter: https://twitter.com/veraclub
VERA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veragroningen/posts/2419375654795708
Article: https://www.allthingsloud.com/festival-news-123-new-names-eurosonic/?fbclid=IwAR1Zz8D6luCGEJK9L1BkciTrrkLQI2JfckWzYtV6z_uD25YSMWh8iP039XI

The Blinders photographed by Joep Coolen

The Blinders – official ESNS portrait

Schedule on ESNS with the band’s profile

At ESNS, The Blinders were recorded by several radio stations. The first one to broadcast their song from the conference was BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens. On 20th of January 2018 in his show, he played “Brave New World” giving the band a splendid review. You may notice that the song was performed in a new style! Thomas perfected his singing technique and his voice sounds much stronger and more mature.

You can listen to the Mp3:

You can listen to it online at BBC page:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00022tg?fbclid=IwAR0F9kwYGsmW0GdZid-0oYYb9IZKhs_xBuBJ_nlwvO_pxlSXWQf7bbKOVb8

The Blinders were mentioned on popular ESNS podcast called SHARQ TALK! The presenters talked about not hearing about The Blinders before their show at Vera. However, they rated their performance as a good, very energetic show. They were not really convinced by the warpaint and thought the bassist (Charlie) looked a bit lost in thoughts, but paid many complements to their technical skills and abilities to make cool music. They also rated The Blinders as ready for the big European festivals such as Lowlands and Pinkpop. Again, massive interest of press and media was observed with presenters saying that more than 1200 people showed up to see the gig: inside the club (capacity 450) and outside! There were also 8 photographers and a cameraman. Thank you to Joep Coolen  and Anke van der Voorn for their help with translation. The Blinders are mentioned exactly at 35:40 minute mark.

You can listen to the podcast on Youtube channel:

Pictures:

Pictures by Richard Postma (official pictures from VERA CLUB). Used with permission.
You can see the entire gallery here: https://www.vera-groningen.nl/fotogalerij/eurosonic-day-2-2/?lang=en


https://www.instagram.com/p/BsxiVC5gYiX/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsxiCifgIs_/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswONsolqOz/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswhFz4FnBh/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswNCDPnr2L/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswMnVHnqXR/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsxhs7fn9IS/

Video:
The Blinders’ concert at ESNS was filmed for WDR. Five tracks (“Brutus”/”Et Tu”/”Berlin Wall”, “Hate Song”, “Free The Slaves”/”ICB Blues” and “Where No Man Comes”) are now available for viewing on their website:
https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/video/sendungen/rockpalast/video-eurosonic-festival—-highlights-mit-nova-twins-the-blinders-the-grand-east-une-misere-und-the-psychotic-monks-100.html
www1.wdr.de/fernsehen/rockpalast/events/the-blinders-eurosonic-neunzehn-100.html
pic.twitter.com/cR70wOaftS (Hate Song)


Independent Venue Week – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge – now complete
Trades Club in Hebden Bridge is one of the most popular venues in Yorkshire that hosted many international and national superstars. The Blinders have played there before and each time, their gigs were sold out. On 31st of January, the band (along with their support act, The C33’s) arrived to The Trades Club to play for the Independent Venue Week, a week long celebration of music in support of those who run the grass root venues in the UK. As usual, the tickets to the gig were gone long time in advance (sometime at the beginning of December!) and many people frantically looked for any spares online. Those who purchased their  passes earlier, gained entry to the venue at 4 pm. This allowed them to see a very interesting photo exhibition entitled “Cold War Steve” before anybody else. The rest of gig goers had to wait until 8 pm when the downstairs bar and a concert hall were finally made available to the public. By 8:30 pm, the place was tightly packed and the C’33’s entered the stage to showcase their talents. We have to say that the young band did fantastically well. Their 45 minute set was very pleasant to our ears, the songs were catchy (and some of them super radio-friendly!), they also had a great deal of energy and nice stage presence. We are giving them a year or two and the indie scene will have another very strong rock group! When it comes to the headliner, we think that The Blinders are incapable of playing a bad gig, as again, they were perfect! Matty and Charlie showed their incredible technical skills, Thomas sang like his life depended on it (and at one point ended singing surrounded by crowd), and the mosh pit was crazy! The concert was dedicated to the memory of Zoran, a close friend of the group who passed away just few weeks before the show at the age of 50. One of the speakers was decorated with Slovenian flag with words “Zoran, Keep The Faith” as a tribute to him. The band also prepared a special poster that was sold at the merch stand and all money collected were later given to Zoran’s family. The show started off with “Gotta Get Through” and then came the first surprise of the evening, a brand new version of  “Wither” which may be the new fan-favourite song. So far “Wither” was only available in an acoustic version on Thomas Haywood’s personal Soundcloud account, but it sounds so much better with bass, an electric guitar and  a powerful drum solos. “L’Etat C’est Moi” and “Brave New World” followed with “Hate Song”, “Ballad of Winston Smith” and “ICB Blues” filling the middle part of the gig. “Where No Man Comes” opened the second part and there was another surprise awaiting! Instead of the expected “Free The Slaves”, The Blinders pulled a blinder and played a brand new song, never heard before entitled “Fantasies”.  Along with recently debuted “Lunatic With a Gun”, “Fantasies” are two brand new compositions that probably could end up on The Blinders’ second album which the group is very eager to record.  The ending of the gig was very emotional and powerful with “Ramona Flowers”, “Rat In a Cage” and “Et Tu”, “Brutus” and “Berlin Wall” being played. The performance ended just before 11:00 pm. A small meeting with fans was also organized before the club was closed for the night.

Independent Venue Week – Trade Club poster

Independent Venue Week 2019 at the Trades Club

Power and Control – special poster prepared for the show

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tradesclub/events
Official website: https://thetradesclub.com/events/17732

Pictures:

pic.twitter.com/M6XXnKjuEt
pic.twitter.com/mGBly0GJE9
pic.twitter.com/sFsNV40NIR
pic.twitter.com/szV3CKABBw
pic.twitter.com/NziRI3vXVs
pic.twitter.com/yjUIDfUjbC
pic.twitter.com/BO1INpZ3IY
pic.twitter.com/Rhsv9wUaoD
pic.twitter.com/DkNkNekkdu
https://www.instagram.com/p/BtVb_7wAGtC/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BtWw4ioAb7q/
Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNEzxPgnT_k  (Et Tu)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06HRFVZ-o00 (Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvGyiHeAEzs (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1VY3G-q5uo (Rat in a Cage)

Grauzone Festival, The Hague, the Netherlands – now complete
February took the Blinders over to the mainland Europe again as they performed on a popular festival in the Netherlands. GRAUZONE took place on 9th of February in The Hague and the line up included Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Pink Turns Blue, The Messthetics (Fugazi members), The Cosmic Dead, Nik Void, Sink Ya Teeth and an exclusive exhibition featuring the works of Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE. Grauzone is one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals of music and counter culture in The Netherlands.

Grauzone Festival poster

Going, going, gone!

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@theblinders from Doncaster/Manchester are ''the fastest emerging UK band at the moment” according to the @bbc . Their live shows are stunning, spectacular and unforgettable, playing sold-out shows across the UK and big fests like Reading. Their debut album is named best album of the year 2018, together with Idles' last album. With a wide range of musical influences from Nick Cave, The Fall, Stooges, Dick Dale’s surf guitar, Killing Joke and John Cooper Clarke, The Blinders have created their own sound somewhere between punk and psychedelica. This young, promising act seems on the edge of great things to come and on the brink of a thrilling breakthrough! Go see them at Grauzone and see yourself! → Ticketlink in bio #theblinders #grauzonefestival2019 #grauzone #thefall #nickcave #bbc #reading #onemonthleft #thehague #seconddutchshow

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Festival schedule:
https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/timetable-1

Festival Timetable

Official website: https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/
The Blinders on the line up: https://www.grauzonefestival.nl/volition-immanent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grauzonefestival
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Grauzonefest
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grauzone_festival/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/177411213047008/
Tickets: The Festival is now officially SOLD OUT!

GRAUZONE Festival introduction for The Blinders

Translation: “English band, The Blinders, hailed by their domestic press and the BBC as ‘savers of the rock ‘n roll’ (together with Idles and Shame) comes exclusively to The Hague with their frenzied, obsessive live show, a madness-bordering experience that you must see. The band already plays in England to sold-out halls and big festivals and their debut album Columbia has been called ‘album of the year’ by many”. Now this is what we call a love letter to the band!

Grauzone Festival review, this time by DJBroadcast (only in Dutch) with amazing photographs of Thomas Haywood at the top at the article!
You can read it at: https://www.djbroadcast.net/article/142466/new-wave-festival-dooft-generatiekloof

The Blinders played Kleine Zaal (The Smaller Gallery) at the Paard, some 300 meters from BillyTown (exhibition space). Their concert was set for 23:20 – 00:20 CET, between German punk rock legends, Pinks Turns Blue and The Cosmic Dead. It has been described as one of the best shows of Grauzone Festival. The Blinders played to a full, packed room despite being an unknown band in the Netherlands. Their show at ESNS received such positive reviews that the Grauzone festival organizers knew there would be a huge interest in the band. They were forced to put an official warning on their programme to let the public know to come to the venue earlier to secure a place! Fantastic achievement for a second show abroad (and their first ever in The Hague). There are no doubts – the band is on their way to establish themselves as a major player on the international rock scene! The Blinders started off with full Columbia introduction that British fans heard before each show on their Autumn tour. Dystopian propaganda talk by Patrick T. Davies mixed with “Power of Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” was greeted by cheers from the audience. When the intro was done, “Gotta Get Through” sent the Dutch public jumping and head banging. Despite the set list being neatly displayed on the walls and the stage floor, the band didn’t pay any attention to it. “Wither” came second (with changed lines and shortened second chorus) and then “L’Etat C’est Moi”, “Brave New World” and “Hate Song”. It was only then that Thomas greeted the crowd with words “Good evening! We are the Blinders from…United Kingdom!” which brought a sew short laughs (probably from UK fans who recognized that he nearly said “from Doncaster”) and massive approval from the  local gig goers. “Where no man comes” followed by “Free The Slave” and both sounded a bit different again. Thomas sang in a new, more toned down way where his voice was more natural and deep. “Free the Slaves” was also cut short a bit and “ICB Blues” had a longer intro allowing Matty and Charlie to jam on stage! “Swine” with its rhythmic chorus (there is no hope…) had the audience singing along and Thomas balancing on the edge of stage, almost like he thought of jumping into the crowd before he changed his mind. “Ramona Flowers” and “Rat In a Cage” had extended parts with Matty and Charlie again going into some sort of improvised loops and Thomas half whispering-half howling into the microphone. The ending was a  surprise to long standing fans as a brand new intro have been introduced before “Et Tu”. It was long, almost over a minute and sounded a bit like some sort of alarm going off.  It’s quite tricky to describe but we hope fans will be able to hear in on tour in April – it was a very interesting experiment! Another new element was a part of a poem or a lyrics just before “Martyrs enters the area” part. Thomas recited “Oh are we such fools to pretend that we do not fear the end” before returning to a well known routine. The monologue between “Brutus” and “Berlin Wall” (“the shadows filling Big Brother’s hall”) gave the technical crew a migraine headache when Haywood finally decided to leave the stage and mingle with the  public. The guitar cable proved to be too short for a longer walk and the technicians threw themselves to the rescue  before the loudspeakers stockpiled on top of each other were thrown onto the ground! Thomas finished the set among the crowd and Matty was forced to sing all by himself. As the band disappeared into the darkness, they were seen off by applause and long cheers.

After the show, fans were thrilled and vowed to see The Blinders again. Paard Club spoke to several of them and here is an example of an enthusiastic review:
“Gig goer, Maria Kleopatra said: ‘The Blinders were the coolest band I have seen today. Great music and a very enjoyable show. This is a music scene that really appeals to my taste. I feel at home here. It is dark and dark is fun!'”

Fans speak about the Blinders!

Photos and quotes by Judith Zandwijk
Maria Kleopatra: https://www.facebook.com/maria.kleopatra
Judith Zandwijk: https://www.facebook.com/judith.zandwijk.5
Original article: https://www.facebook.com/PaardvanTroje/photos/pb.145332178830227.-2207520000.1549931299./2465090316854390/?type=3&theater

Pictures:
Grauzone Festival was super kind to The Blinders. They have been photographed by fans and professionals and we even there is even a real polaroid picture taken by the wonderful Pim Schrier! You can follow him at: https://www.instagram.com/pimschrier/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/passetti/sets/72157706690221234/with/40084558653/ – images taken by photojournalist, Rene Passet
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2040981542623223&type=1&l=334f400b57 – massive gallery of 150 pictures from the festival. 10 of them are from the Blinders’ gig.
pic.twitter.com/OoBDZipNN3
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuHCpklTO5/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Btt6hQiIC7W/

Videos:
Official video from Grauzone Festival. The Blinders are shown at 41 sec mark.

Official after-festival video also extensively features the band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GD2yZHy_II (various songs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWLpKUUASD4 (L’Etat C’Est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaCnCYx6cUA (Ramona Flowers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgDghsj-V1c (Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLpZ7dw69vc (Brave New World)

Thomas Haywood solo performance (acoustic show) – now complete
The Blinders are preparing to hit the US in less than a month, but that doesn’t mean they have stopped spoiling their beloved fans. Thomas Haywood, the lead singer of the band, gave a very special acoustic performance on Sunday, 24th of February at The Burton Arms in Manchester. The recently renovated pub is located right next to the Band on The Wall in the Northern Quarter part of Manchester. It was closed down for many years until the owners of The Night People have taken it under their wings with intention of turning the derelict building into a cozy bar and a small hotel. It seems to be working very well as the place has already earned good reputation among the pub goers.  Thomas Haywood’s acoustic performance was the first concert in a series of intimate shows that are going to showcase the best musicians from Mancunian scene. The gig was kept a secret until the last moment – it was only announced 2 days before the show, yet on Sunday evening, the entire place was packed and many visitors sadly had to listen to the performance standing outside. Thomas started his set with one of his favourite songs – Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man”. The Blinders’ followers can sometimes hear him play it as a warm up before shows or during the social gatherings, and we have to agree, it was the perfect opener. The set was divined into two parts: the first contained a mixture of The Blinders’ songs very well known from their debut album “Columbia” and the other was filled by covers and original material.  We had a pleasure of hearing “Brave New World”, “Rat in a Cage”, “ICB Blues”, “Ballad of Winston Smith” and “Ramona Flowers” in their stripped, bare versions. Without the electric bas and drums, the songs sounded completely different but you could still appreciate the excellent song writing and their complexity. The covers included Townes Van Zandt “Waiting Around to Die” and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “(David Bowie I Love You) Since I was Six” that was skilfully merged with an original song entitled “Visions of Anais (Across the Lake)”. Thomas’ original compositions drew the most attention and for a very good reason – they were bloody brilliant. He sang “Grave of the King” that was written during his stay in Paris in May 2018 after visiting the tomb of Jim Morrison and “Gift of Gold” that can be found on Haywood’s personal Soundcloud page. The Blinders’ fans were also incredibly happy to finally hear “Acid Bath”, the first ever song written for the band circa 2015, way before their first EP “Hidden Horror Dance” that was released in 2016. We now know that the full title of the song is “Acid Bath (Princess of the Dark)” and we absolutely love it.  The show ended with Thomas being all smiles and giggles, waving to friends and fans, before disappearing in the Beer garden for a well deserved drink.

Picture by Sam Crowston

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theRoseandmonkey/
More information:
https://www.facebook.com/theRoseandmonkey/posts/2168347869929533
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/photos/a.1493204590952870/2252268458379809/?type=3&theater

Address:
31 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ
tel: 0161 839 1514
Stage time: 21:00pm

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBdmEtp7zWo (Townes Van Zandt – “Waiting Around to Die” cover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlIp8kxRq2g (“Ballad of Winston Smith”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJLB3DkWpj8 (A mix  of “Visions of Anais (Across the Lake)”- Thomas’ original composition and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “(David Bowie I Love You) Since I was Six” sang together with John McCullogh of Children of the State)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdO8_bUOBrk (“Grave of the King” – original composition)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUVjKB8uHU4 (mix of “Acid Bath (Princess of the Dark)” – original composition and “Ramona Flowers”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcadMvqaTkU (“Brave New World”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-WaZEwY-ZU (“Rat in a Cage”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWYx6fcviY (“Gift of Gold” – original composition)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBTZ_yl5ouA (“ICB Blues”)

South By South West (SXSW) – now complete

South By South West is the biggest music event in the world. It brings over 100.000 visitors to Austin in Texas and being invited is considered the biggest honour. The Blinders were chosen to participate and it only shows how good the band truly is. The band played four shows over a week they spent in America and we can honestly tell you that they made a big, big impression on the  Land of the free.

If you’d like to review this year’s schedule for the Blinders, please click on the link below:
https://schedule.sxsw.com/favorite/user/a440f12e0f36266579aea269115792e1aa80ab1d

The news that The Blinders will play in Austin traveled faster than the speed of light. Within couple of days, several local BBC chapters informed their listeners about the happy news . You can listen to some of them below, they are very enthusiastic!

BBC Manchester (Natalie-Eve Williams & Michelle L Hussey on 16.02.2019 and 09.02.2019)

BBC Sheffield (Christian Carlisle on 16.02.2019)

A few great mentions for the band appeared on the radio during their stay at SXSW as well:

BBC Manchester (Natalie-Eve Williams & Michelle L Hussey on 16.03.2019)

BBC Sheffield (Christian Carlisle on 16.03.2019)

BBC Introducing Radio 1 (Huw Stephens on 17.03.2019)

SXSW Showcase number 1: Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar 

The Blinders made their SXSW debut at a small showcase at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. This 5 star hotel is located in Downtown Austin, in prestigious location, just across the street from Austin Convention Center, and a short distance from 6th Street, University of Texas and the State Capitol! Their showcase took place on 12th of March at 7pm local time at Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar. It was 12:00 am on 13th of March GMT in London. The show was finished by 11:30 pm. It has to be said: this place is truly impressive with 23 large screens showing the best sporting events from all over the world. A huge stage is perfect for performances and the venue can accommodate up to 200 visitors. They are known for putting up acoustic nights that are very popular with tourists and local patrons.

As for the bands’ first American concert ever, it was a very good show. The bar was not fully packed but the crowd was very decent and what’s more important, everybody enjoyed it! Thomas wore a black coat and a pair of sunglasses and looked really cool! The show was also stripped back, Matty had no drum set, but those who have seen him previously know that if you give this man a tambourine, you will have a fully working rhythm section! Charlie played an electric bass, but it seemed to be a bit silent than usual. It wasn’t their usual in-your-face, full make-up, noisy affair, but rather a toned down, half electric, half acoustic performance. It reminded us of in-store visits The Blinders did last year before their Columbia tour. The band played for 40 minutes and they performed nearly an entire album. The visitors described it as “magical” and it truly was a spectacular set.

Pictures:
https://www.tynesight.co.uk/–SXSW2019–/Festival-Flyer-/The-Blinders–stripped—Champio/
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/03/sxsw-2019-feat-fontaines-d-c-black-midi-the-blinders-and-more/ – beautiful gallery by by  Sam Huddleston

SXSW Showcase number 2: BBC6 Music at Latitude 30 

The second show the Blinders played at the conference was for the mighty BBC 6 Music and Steve Lamacq officially introduced the band to an American audience. The band had to wake up very early to do an interview with Steve before their evening gig and they recorded several acoustic tracks for him as well including “Brave New World”, “Rat In a Cage” and “Hate Song”.

You can listen to the interview (shared with Alex Edwards, the manager of Pip Blom plus the evening performance of “Rat In a Cage” at 1:16:52 mark. It was broadcast in the UK on 15th of March 2019:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00036vv

We all know that Steve Lamacq is a big, big fan of the Blinders and it wasn’t a surprise that he asked them to headline his show at Latitude 30, a very well known bar located in downtown Austin. The entire showcase was held under the banner of “British Music Embassy” for BBC6 Music in association with AIM. The performance started at 8:00 pm on 14th of March and ended at 2:00 am on 15th of March CST (Austin, Travis County, TX is located in Central Time Zone). It was between 12:00 am and 7 am on 15th of March GMT time (London).
The Blinders’ gig took place from 06:00 am till 07:00 am UK time.

BBC Radio showcase at SXSW with Steve Lamacq

The schedule was as follows (CST time)
8:00 pm – Penelope Isles
9:00 pm – The Pearl Harts
10:00 pm – Squid
11:00 pm – Flohio
12:00 am – Novelist
01:00 am – The Blinders

Address:
The British Music Embassy
Latitude 30
512 San Jacinto Blvd (at E 5th St)
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: +1 512-472-3332

Latitude 30 links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Latitude30ATX/
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/latitude-30-austin

BBC Radio 6 Music showcase official poster

British Music Embassy links:
Official website: https://www.thebritishmusicembassy.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/britishmusicbiz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britishmusicembassy/
More information:
https://www.sxsw.com/music/2019/british-music-embassy-lineups-announced/
https://www.sxsw.com/artist/the-british-music-embassy/
https://www.ukmusic.org/news/the-british-music-embassy-returns-to-sxsw-2019
https://flossmagazine.com/the-british-music-embassy-returns-to-sxsw-2019/

The Blinders entered the stage as the last band of the evening, after the Mercury prize nominated artist, Novelist. It was a huge accomplishments and the public was ecstatic to see the Doncaster trio. Their show lasted full 50 minutes and we could hear “Wither”, “Free The Slaves”, “Brave New World”, “L’Etat C’est Moi”, “Gotta Get Through” and of course the in(famous) “Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall” at the end. The band was described as “ferocious” and “in top form” by audience members. Steve was so pleased with them that he put them on the commercial advertising his entire stay at SXSW! It has been played every day on British radio multiple times. Do you know what he said about the performance? “A sound you can truly believe in.” Well said, Steve, well said!

Pictures:
By Kirsty Smolcic (https://www.instagram.com/wickeddkristysnaps/)

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SXSW Showcase number 3: End of Trail at Valhalla Tavern 

The Blinders didn’t have much time to rest at all. Their third show was at Valhalla Tavern on 15th of March 2018 (capacity of 400), a popular bar and live music venue located in Austin’s famed Red River District. The bar is pretty famous for its collection of vintage gaming devices such as pinballs, pool, shuffleboard, skeeball, foosball and air hockey. The stage wascurated by Kelly Munro and his wonderful team from End of Trail Creative record label.

The show started at 7:00 pm on 15th of March and ended at 2:00 am on 16th of March CST.
In the UK, it started at 01:00 am on 16th of March and finished around 8 am GMT time (London).
The Blinders’ performance took place from 05:00 am till 06:00 am UK time.

Valhalla Tavern Schedule for SXSW

The schedule was as follows (CST time)
8:00 pm  – Pip Hall
9:00 pm  – Sam Eagle
10:00 pm  – Rascalton
11:00 pm  – AVALANCHE PARTY
12:00 am  – The Blinders
01:00 am  – Lucy Spraggan
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/316470412309649/

Valhalla Tavern:
Address: 710 Red River St, Austin, Texas
Get Diections
Tel: +1 512-476-0997
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valhallatavern
Twitter: https://twitter.com/valhallatavern
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/valhalla-austin

End of Trail Creative:
SXSW: https://www.sxsw.com/artist/end-of-the-trail/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endofthetrailcreative/
Website: https://www.endofthetrailcreative.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/endof_thetrail
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/endofthetrailcreative/

SXSW profile for The Blinders listing all booked events

Joined on the bill with their best friends, Avalanche Party and Rascalton, the Blinders played one of their best shows at SXSW despite numerous technical issues. It was again described as wild, captivating and unreal. Their set, again was clocked at 50 minutes and contained “Gotta Get Through”, “L’Etat C’Est Moi”, “Brave New World”, “Wither”, “Free the Slaves”, “I Can’t Breathe Blues”, “Swine”, “Hate Song”, “Rat In A Cage” and “Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall”.

We have teamed up with our special correspondent Lori Starke (chief photographer and reviewer at Pictures in a Row) who came up with this brilliant, world exclusive review!

“‘What REALLY knocked your socks off this week?’ was the question posed by my friend who sat next to me between sets at what was to be my last venue of SXSW 2019. ‘The Blinders! They were mad! The bass player threw his bass out into the crowd at the end!’ He said:’Do you want to see them again? They are playing a few doors down’. So I abandoned the nights’ plan and we ran down the road to the other venue! Before going to SXSW this year, I had a vague plan to see the Blinders. They were recommended to me by a friend in London, and I had checked them out on YouTube. I thought they looked interesting. I wasn’t sure if the makeup thing was a shtick, a gimmick, or what! For me, a bands’ live show makes or breaks them. I saw them for the first time at Valhalla on Friday, 15 March. I came out of that show exclaiming ‘Holy Hounds of Hell! What did I just witness?!!’ The moshpit was mad, but not the kind that are just a bunch of assholes getting their aggression out. These people were loving the band. Avalanche Party had played immediately prior at Valhalla, and they hung around to lend support, technically and morally, to the Blinders during the gig. Jordan was handing guitars and helping troubleshoot technical problems. Thomas, the singer, was focused and theatrical, without seeming fake or phony. He looks dramatic, with black smears around his eyes and down both sides of his face. He delivers his songs with intensity. He draws us in, almost Doorsian, shaman-like. The music to me also evokes a Doorsian, dystopian vibe. Charlie on bass has read the script and holds his bass up like he is pointing a machine gun at times. It doesn’t sound as dramatic as it looks when he does it, and he also delivers a focused performance. Matty, on drums, is a beast. He pounds the drums with all he is worth, and does not quit, whether being yelled out, or if the lights go out. The Friday venue was left in shambles. During the final song, “Brutus,” Thomas climbed on a speaker stack and his mic and all of the lights went off. It took some time to get a workaround, but we remained invested as an audience while we awaited the rest of the song. My theory about the mishap is that he pulled a plug out while climbing. They finished the song, the crowd pushed forward, thrashed around, went mad, and the aforementioned bass throwing happened. We wandered out onto the streets of Austin, stunned”.

Thank you so much Lori! What a description, we cannot add anything more to it.

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvHmU8jHbDD/ (Hate Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDn6gKfKFf0 (Brutus/Et Tu/Technical issues)

SXSW Showcase number 4: Modern Sky gig at Beerland

The fourth and the last confirmed event for the Blinders at the SXSW took place at a popular rock place called Beerland on 16th of March. It was again located in the Red River neighbourhood, very close to super popular nightclub named Elysium. The pub opened in 2011 and hosted rock showcases for SXSW since 2015. Not a big place (capacity of 200) but it has great reviews and is considered one of the “coolest” venues to visit at the conference. There is a pool table, a life size bust of Elvis and a large patio. The Blinders performed there alongside Japanese rock group DYGL, their label-mates SPINN, The Mystery Lights (all the way from NYC) and an electro pop duo from Australia, GreenWave Beth among others. The entry to the club was strictly +21. It was the last showcase for The Blinders’ record label, Modern Sky UK at the conference.

Modern Sky showcase poster

The show started at 7:00 pm on 16th of March and ended at 2:00 am on 17th of March CST.
In the UK, it started at 12:00 am on 17th of March and finished at around 7 am GMT time (London).
The Blinders’ performance took place from 05:00 am till 06:00 am UK time.

The schedule was as follows (CST time)
7:30 pm – GreenWave Beth
8:15 pm – Surfbort
9:05 pm – SPINN
10:00 pm – The Mystery Lights
11:00 pm – DYGL
12:00 am – The Blinders
01:00 am – The Chills

Address:
711 1/2 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
Email: beerlandtexas@gmail.com
Telephone: +1 512-479-7625

Beerland links:
Official website: http://www.beerlandtexas.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Beerland-Texas-6792809646/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/beerlandtexas
Tumblr: http://beerlandtexas.tumblr.com/

Event links:
https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/artists/2006595
http://www.beerlandtexas.com/events/2019/2/16/sxsw-night

Again we spoke to Lori, who came to witness another performance by The Blinders. Lori said that the band played exactly the same set as the night before. They started with “Gotta Get Through”, “L’Etat C’Est Moi”, “Brave New World”, “Wither”, “Free the Slaves”, “I Can’t Breathe Blues”, “Swine”, “Hate Song”, “Rat In A Cage” and finished with “Brutus”. She added: “The Blinders’ last show at Beerland was much more controlled. One of their songs, ‘Brave New World’ was dedicated to Avalanche Party, who were there giving guitar tech and moral support again. I was ready at the end of the show to video the bass throwing. But there was no bass throwing this time. Still a great and engaging show, but more controlled, not as mad. The crowd was invested, but not mental like the previous night. There were no major mishaps. to report”.

Luckily there was no technical problems this time and the band finished their first American visit on a high note. Then they had a few days of rest, had some fun and off they went back to our time zones again!

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvGfOeklcr6/ (E’etat C’Est Moi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hre4mZIU86M (Swine)

The Blinders were added to the official SXSW Spotify list!

Official website:
https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/artists/2006595
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SXSWFestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sxsw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sxsw/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1270297457

May is traditionally the beginning of the festival season. On May 5th in Newcastle, The Blinders will attend the Hit the North Festival. 120 bands will play on 12 stages across the town and more than 40.000 people are expected to attend. The Doncaster trio will be joining Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan and the “Wonder” and “Psycho” songstress, Lauren Aquilina on stage to rock you and me (and even the Salmons of Alaska).

Hit The North Festival in Newcastle

Tickets are now on sale so please do your best and grab one: https://hitthenorthfestival.ticketline.co.uk/
Official website: https://hitthenorthfestival.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hitthenorthfest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HitTheNorthFestival
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hitthenorthfest/ 
Article: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/jake-bugg-confirmed-hit-north-15351917

April and May are simply massive for the Blinders! This is when their proper tour starts and they will be travelling to Germany to play in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin! They also have a handful of domestic gigs announced as well.

April/May UK and European tour

The Ninth Wave will be supporting The Blinders on tour!

On 13th of February, it was announced that Scottish trio, The Ninth Wave will be supporting the Blinders on their tour. The band consists of Haydn Park-Patterson, Millie Kidd and Lewis Tollan. They were formed in 2016 in Glasgow and so far released several singles (“Reformation”, “Human Touch/Nothing Certain”) and “Never Crave Attention” ‎EP on Destiller Records. 2019 is a breakthrough year for them – Ninth Wave will play SXSW with The Blinders and several concerts in NYC along with The Avalanche Party.

Official website: https://theninthwave.online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNinthWaveOfficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/THENINTHWAVE_

The tickets are already available for all the shows and we even received a nice newsletter telling us about it! The prices range from £12.00 (Birmingham) to £15 (Glasgow and London). The European tickets are priced at €17.50 (Cologne) and €20.00 (Berlin).

See Tickets Newsletter

The dates are so far:
01. Birmingham – 26th of April
02. Manchester – 27th of April
03. Glasgow – 28th of April
04. London – 30th of April
05. Cologne – 7th of May
06. Hamburg – 8th of May
07. Berlin – 9th of May

01. Birmingham – 26th of April

Birmingham poster

Birmingham poster with added supports

Venue: O2 Instititute2
Address: 78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Official website: https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2institutebirmingham/events/1239564/blinders-tickets
Supports: The Ninth Wave and The Clause
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/324335001713317/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/O2InstituteBirmingham
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-blinders/o2-institute2-birmingham-birmingham/1289646 

02. Manchester – 27th of April

Manchester poster

Venue: O2 Ritz
Address: Whitworth Street West, M1 5NQ Manchester, United Kingdom
Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Official website: https://academymusicgroup.com/o2ritzmanchester/events/1239656/blinders-tickets
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2034835919936934/ 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/o2ritzmanchester/
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-blinders/o2-ritz-manchester/1289817 

03. Glasgow – 28th of April

Glasgow poster

Venue: Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox
Address: 17 Bain Street, G40 2JZ, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Official website: http://www.stlukesglasgow.com/events/the-blinders/ 
Supports: TBA
More information: https://tickets-scotland.com/events.html?event_method=viewevent&event_id=9b64124e-ee71-11e8-9211-22000b754a1f
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/StLukesGlasgow/events/
Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/36005574DF079D45 

04. London – 30th of April

London poster

Venue: Scala
Address: 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9NL London, United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Official website: https://scala.co.uk/events/the-blinders/
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1210214052464571/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scalalondon/
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-blinders/scala-london/1289818 

EU tour banner

Three shows in Germany are being organised by FKP Scorpio
https://www.fkpscorpio.com/de/bands-archiv/the-blinders

05. Cologne – 7th of May
Venue: MTC
Address: Zülpicher Str. 10, 50674 Köln, Germany
Phone: +49 221 2404289
Time: 20:00pm-12:00am CET
Official website: www.mtcclub.de
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/201023990791844/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mtccologne/
Tickets: https://www.eventim.de/tickets.html?affiliate=SNK&fun=evdetail&doc=evdetailb&key=2344295$11394911 

06. Hamburg – 8th of May
Venue: Molotov SkyBar St. Pauli
Address: Nobistor 14, 22767 Hamburg Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 310845
Time: 19:00pm-11:00pm CET
Official website: https://molotowclub.com/programm/programm.php
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2260649520878576/ 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/molotowstpauli/
Tickets: https://www.eventim.de/the-blinders-tickets-hamburg.html?affiliate=EVE&doc=artistPages/tickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&key=2344295$11393153

07. Berlin – 9th of May
Venue: Cassiopeia
Address: Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Friedrichshain
Phone: +49 30 47385949
Time: 19:00pm-11:00pm CET
Official website: https://cassiopeia-berlin.de/
Supports: TBA
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/393779354496328/ 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiopeiaclub
Tickets: https://www.eventim.de/the-blinders-berlin-tickets.html?affiliate=TUG&doc=artistPages%2Ftickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&key=2344295%2411395061&jumpIn=yTix&kuid=562571&from=

Please be aware that more European shows will be added to this section!

After touring Germany, the band will come back to British soil to entertain their fans in Leeds. Gold Sounds is a festival dedicated to shoegaze, punk, psychedelia, noise and grunge. It will be held at Brudenell Social Club over two days in May. The show will start on 11th of May at 2 pm and will close at 2 am on the 12th. Previous guests include Yuck, Cabbage, Cloud Nothings, The Wytches, Homeshake, Turnover, The Big Moon, Merchandise & Cheatahs. Appearing at Gold Sounds 2019, besides The Blinders, are Fat White FamilyHer’sPip BlomThe BethsViagra BoysThe Nude PartyHand HabitsJust MustardWeakened FriendsWorking Men’s ClubTRIXIE WHITLEYVulgariansbdrmmFEHMLUMER and LYLO. Tickets cost only £35 for a weekend pass – it is a bargain for 25 bands and two stages! It has been announced that The Blinders will headline Saturday 11th of May but extended scheduling times are not yet available. We will be notifying you as soon as we know!

Gold Sounds 2019 poster

Gold Sounds schedule for two days

Official website: http://www.goldsoundsfestival.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goldsoundsfestivalleeds
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoldSoundsFest
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/755273298172431/

Venue: Brudenell Social Club
Address: 33 Queens Road, LS6 1NY Leeds
Telephone: 0113 275 2411
Get Directions

Official website: http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on/gold-sounds1/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leedsbrudenell/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nath_Brudenell
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nath_brudenell/
Tickets: https://www.lunatickets.co.uk/event/gold-sounds-festival-2019-weekend/the-brudenell/1308314

Saturday, 25th of May, will see The Blinders performing in Warrington at the Neighbourhood Festival! The band will be joining George Ezra, Primal Scream (headliners), You Me at Six, Nothing But Thieves, Tom Grennan, The Hunnas, Embrace, Pale Waves and Gaz Coombes (of Supergrass) among others. We don’t have the stage details or time schedule yet but once it is announced, you will find it all here.

Line up for Saturday 25th of May

Festival website: https://nbhdweekender.com/2018/11/1327/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874191669547225/
Tickets: https://nbhdweekender.com/?fbclid=IwAR1K_ILGKZXO_6ZR0WKemWpdD5PbRldqzPEOGc9Il1L34mBV8Ged-5opIGY

Day later, on Sunday the 26th of May, the Blinders will also participate in Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering Festival in Catton Hall in Derbyshire. The line up this year looks amazing. Suede are the headliners, Reef, Justin Sullivan of New Model Army and The Wildhearts are all making glorious come backs. The trio will be in great company so again, grab tickets while they are still here – the festival is rather small and it sold out last year. We are sure the history will repeat itself in 2019.

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering poster

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/beardedtheoryfestival/
Website: https://beardedtheory.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beardedtheoryfestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/beardedtheory
Tickets: https://beardedtheory.seetickets.com/event/bearded-theory-2019/catton-hall/1265022#op1

Between 11th and 19th of June, The Blinders will again travel to The Netherlands to play at the independent Valkhof Music Festival. The festival takes place in Valkhof Park in the city of Nijmegen (Gelderland province, close to the German boarder). Nijmegen is a very beautiful market town that hosts a number of  popular musical events and conferences throughout summer. Valkhof Festival is quite famous in Europe and brings thousands of fans of electronic, industrial, goth and indie music to town. It has 4 stages situated all over the park (one is in the ruins of medieval castle!) and 120 bands from all over the world are usually playing. Except for The Blinders, the festival’s line up includes Sudan Archives, Fontaines D.C., BO NINGEN, black midi, Jonathan Bree and Whispering Sons among others. Detailed time schedule is not available yet but the entry to the festival is free.

Valkhof Festival Logo

The Festival posted a very nice description for the band that reads: “The distance between Nijmegen and Manchester is about 760 km by car. It is far, but we are confident that The Blinders will give a splendid performance at the festival! These “Mancunians” as they are known, have the music in their DNA and their debut album ‘Columbia’ is a perfect example. The album is as raw as Sex Pistols, stubborn as The Fall and melodic as The Verve. Don’t forget the melodrama taken straight out of the records made by The Smiths! Their lyrics show inspiration drew from various sources – from Leonard Cohen, George Orwell to the mismanagement caused by Theresa May & Co. The band is just brilliant, aren’t they?”

Address: Kelfkensbos 59, 6511 TB Nijmegen, Netherlands
Official FB page for the Festival: https://www.facebook.com/
Official events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/227617564542485/
Official website: https://www.valkhoffestival.nl/programma/#/artist/the-blinders
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/valkhoffest

Another show announced was the mini festival with the Blossoms, The Coral, Cabbage and the Fuzzy Sun. Bad news, it is sold out again, this time in a record time of 30 minutes. Those lucky ones who were able to buy the tickets, will enjoy the great show at Stockport  County FC stadium in Edgeley Park on Saturday 22nd of June 2019. You can see more info on Blossoms page: https://www.facebook.com/blossomsband/

Stockport County Football Club grounds poster

A week later, on 30th of June, the band will travel to Exeter to visit the beautiful Powderham Castle to participate in Sunday Sessions Exeter. The Blinders will join a fantastic line up including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Charlatans, Reverend And The Makers and The Loft Club among many other acts. Stage times are not available yet, but we will update this entry as they are announced.

Banner for the Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions poster – Exeter

Official website: https://exeter.sundaysessions.net/lineup/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sunday-Sessions-Exeter-274347229930652/
Tickets go on sale on Friday 7th December at 10am.
You can purchase them from: https://sundaysessions.gigantic.com/sunday-sessions-tickets/exeter-powderham-castle/2019-06-30-12-00 

July and they are off to Europe again! This summer, The Blinders will get a lot of stamps in their passports. They have been booked to play KLIKO Festival in The Netherlands! What do we need to know? Patronaat is one of the largest and most prestigious independent venues in the Netherlands. It is located in Zijlsingel part of Haarlem, near the city centre. The venue has been operating since 1984 and hosted international and national stars of the highest calibre. Once a year, in July, Patronaat is also the home of KLIKO Festival dedicated to grunge, psychedelic and garage rock. This year, the indoor festival will take place on 13th-14th of July and at least 25 bands will play at three different stages from 19:00 pm till 06:00 am CET! It will be the loudest all nighter in the city and you don’t want to miss it. If you want some statistics (and we all love stats!!), the Main Hall is for 1000 visitors, second stage (called the Second Hall) is able to accommodate 350 guests and the smallest rock bar (named of course, The Third Hall) will be perfect for smaller gigs up to 120 people. Annually over 500 events are organized at Patronaat (at least 3 events per week) and 140.000 people are visiting its premises.

KLIKO Fest poster numbero 1

KLIKO Fest has been going on for nearly a decade now and receives fantastic reviews from the music press and its guests.  2019 edition will see Curtis Harding, JD McPherson, King Khan And The Shrines, Warmduscher, The Psychotic Monks, Crows, The Schizophonics, SONS and The Blinders performing. Early bird tickets are now sold out and the regular tickets are available for €35.

Official website: https://www.patronaat.nl/13-7-2019/kliko-fest-2019
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patronaat/photos/a.156049761100509/2143426769029455/?type=1&theater
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/474569083052902/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/patronaat023
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patronaathaerlem/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patronaat
Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/231621?brand=nl_patronaat&fbclid=IwAR06r4x7L6WPwIO1XqAksWGsT6uNdoEkgo3QcIhpoEPRFApFMl2u-1RNd9Q

Poster numbero 2 – slightly bigger!

Address:
Patronaat, Zijlsingel 2, 2013 DN Haarlem
The Netherlands
E-mail: info@patronaat.nl
Telephone:
023 – 517 58 50 (office)
023 – 517 58 58 (box office/information)

KLIKO Fest gave the Blinders this beautiful recommendation on their official website:
“The Blinders are the band that is on everyone’s lips these days thanks to their spectacular indie rock shows. The power trio from Manchester released their long-awaited debut album ‘Columbia’ last September and it brings together the best of 60’s garage rock, Beat poetry and Orwell’s dystopia. After their steamy show at ESNS 2019, they are ready to leave a lasting impression on Kliko”. Book your tickets now!

A very nice review for the band! Thank you KLIKO!

On 15th-18th of August, The Blinders will be performing at The Beautiful Days festival in Devon. It is considered one of the best independent festivals in the UK. It is the Levellers’ independent family music festival organised by DMF Music which takes place at Escot Park in Devon and has been running for 16 years. The festival has several stages, amazing site art, a huge children’s area, comedy, theatre, family camping, real ale bars from Otter Brewery & a great choice of food and craft stalls. Beautiful Days has no sponsorship, branding and does not advertise. The festival won the Grass Roots Festival Award at the 2015 UK Festival Awards and Best Medium Festival in the FestivalKidz.com 2015 Awards. They were shortlisted for Best Medium Sized Festival at the 2016 UK Festival Awards. The festival also made it through to the final shortlists in the 2017 UK Festival Awards for 3 awards and won Best Medium Festival at the 2017 Festival Kidz Awards. The Blinders will join Skunk AnansieZiggy MarleyThe LevellersThe Stranglers (Official)Sleaford ModsSonghoy BluesPeter Hook & The LightThe Black SeedsKate Rusby and at least 100 more acts that will be announced soon. The stage times are not available at the moment but we will be updating the diary!

Beautiful Days Festival poster

Official website: https://www.beautifuldays.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beautifuldaysfestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BDsfestival
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/727444244267601/
You can purchase tickets at: https://www.beautifuldays.org/?fbclid=IwAR3Qx4XhR8xCubLlVCQcOwExfNCmo1oYSNCaA90hjYHN-ln-TvkTvXsVX8
Address: Escot Park, Nr Fairmile, Devon, EX11 1LU, Exeter, EX11 1LU.

The tour will be updated constantly.
Keep your eyes open and check the latest news on:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/theblindersband/events/

Please come back daily as this blog will be growing more and more with each passing day!

Thank you!
Rita and Malicia

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
Re-entry (Indie Album Breakers Top 20)  – 15th place on 14.01.2017

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

The Album returned to the charts on 14th of January 2019 at number 15th

Columbia spent three weeks on the charts with the peak position at number 1

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:

 

Shell Zenner at Kendall Calling (Show Stream)

Kendall Calling – Chris Hawkins Interview

Unique Lullaby – Sound City

Riff Media  – Leeds Festival

Never Enough Notes Columbia premiere interview
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/

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/
http://forgetoday.com/2018/10/02/review-the-blinders 

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 placed Columbia at number 18

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
Follow Yorkshire Evening News on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeedsNews

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/
Follow them on Instagram as well: https://www.instagram.com/forksterocks/

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/
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndieForBunniesOfficial/
Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/IndieForBunnies

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/
Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/flickthefinger
Or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlickOfTheFinger/

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/
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WordsForMusic/
Or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WFMBlog

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
Follow Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrCarlisle
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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/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amazingradio/

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/

So far we have received a lot of nods and approvals for the album but a long written praise just for a single is not that common. Luckily Steve, the owner of SteveForTheDeaf blog came to the rescue with his last review published on 31st of December. The review for “Brave New World” is the second single he has written about (the first being “L’Etat C’est Moi” in June) and he had some fantastic words for the band: “The Blinders? Played up to their name in 2018. I’m expecting big things in the next 12 months, I just hope they can stay this lean and mean and keep the clutter their inevitable success will bring out of their sound”. Thank you Steve!

SteveForTheDeaf blog review for Brave New World

You can read the original article here: https://steveforthedeaf.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/brave-new-world-the-blinders/
Follow Steve on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveForTheDeaf

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/
Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CGmusic_chester
Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgmusicchester/ 

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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peacelovebananasss
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!

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.

Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 15:18 on 01-Mar-2019
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 00:30 on 25-Feb-2019
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 04:25 on 22-Feb-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 00:19 on 19-Feb-2019
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 07:35 on 17-Feb-2019
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:11 on 16-Feb-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 22:42 on 14-Feb-2019
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 01:45 on 12-Feb-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 00:22 on 11-Feb-2019
Brave New World – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 01:57 on 10-Feb-2019
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 04:25 on 08-Feb-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 01:49 on 07-Feb-2019
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:48 on 04-Feb-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 05:53 on 03-Feb-2019
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 03:15 on 01-Feb-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 23:00 on 30-Jan-2019
L’etat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 04:22 on 28-Jan-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 01:44 on 27-Jan-2019
Ballad Of Winston Smith (Amazing Sessions) – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 14:31 on 24-Jan-2019
L’E tat C’est Moi – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 05:42 on 24-Jan-2019
Gotta Get Through – The Blinders – playing on Amazing Radio at 02:17 on 23-Jan-2019
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:

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#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/

The picture is now a t-shirt! Just look how beautiful it looks!

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 review – Columbia by The Blinders

 

“Dream the most dangerous of dreams” – The Blinders “Columbia”

Dear readers,

So, I have got copy of “Columbia” – the debut album by The Blinders. When I am writing this review (or rather an essay), it is exactly three weeks to physical release of the album and the world is buzzing. Tickets to upcoming tour start to fly out, the performance at Leeds and Reading festivals put the band on radars and lips of thousands of people, series of record store performances and signing sessions has been unveiled for September. Their songs are Radio 1 and 6 Music singles of the week, Guardian mentions, 300-400 tweets generated a day, real talk among A&Rs and business insiders that the album may go into top 40, every indie band I know looks up to them – you get the picture.

This is a young, promising act on the edge of great things to come. They are the new Manic Street Preachers – throwing intellectualism, poetry and art at the world, loudly commenting political reality, wearing war paint and messages on their instruments.

They are once-in-a-generation band, a trio of working class lads from Doncaster with vision, balls and talent to offer the jaded, over-saturated world of pop music something fresh.  And people are drawn to it. You will see more and more fans jumping on The Blinders bandwagon as the time goes by. I`m old enough to see this happen several times in the past. It is exciting and scary, both for the writer and the band. I`ll get to that scary part at the end of this essay.

The Blinders headlining BBC Introducing stage at Leeds Festival 2018, photo by Sam Crowston https://www.facebook.com/sam.crowston

But back to the task at hand. How do you review “Columbia”? A deeply personal record for me for myriad of reasons. Do you do a regular review about the music and the cover and lyrics? Do you do a more in-depth account throwing some of your personal experiences into the mix?

I`ll write the emotional account – because I can`t do otherwise. It would not be honest. Especially since I have been championing and shouting about The Blinders daily for the last 2,5 years. And I don’t want this review to look like it`s written by a PR person for the band.

This review is done because The Blinders won me over.

Because we share the same background and love for high art.

Because we have similar determination in life.

And because we have “met” in a “right” moment.

In store appearances scheduled after Columbia comes out on 21st September 2018

“Columbia” is an angry album.  It`s written by musicians who come of age in a dark period – full of corrupted figures that divide not just people but the world with walls and borders, planet full of CCTV cameras and reality shows, party identities, wars, destruction of the environment, zero hours contracts and social media aka Big Brother.

The band grew up in a post industrial town with outdated architecture (“granite building and 1960s concrete bridges and the factories – they were just making electric fridges” from “Orbit”), read Orwell at school (1984 is a constant motive though out several songs on the album such as “Where No Man Comes” or “Ballad of Winston Smith”) and looked carefully around to witness modern poverty (“men and women worked to death”, “darkness seems to take its hold over both the poor and old”), saturation with news (“forgotten stories on the news”), refugee crisis (“fox hunt the refugees”) and general hopelessness (“feel so helpless all time”).

This will lead to righteous anger at previous generations and the state of the world. “Who will stand against them all?” ask The Blinders in “Ballad of Winston Smith” and follow up with a passionate soliloquy in “Free The Slave” against religious leaders, political figures and society in general.

Bleakness takes the center of the stage next to anger on “Columbia”. “They gonna build the Berlin Wall, divide us in two, and kill me and you” – screams Thomas Haywood at one point and this is not the only violent moment. Police brutality is referenced on “I Can`t Breathe Blues,” dragging people in the middle of the night from their beds is mentioned in “Where No Man Comes” and  there is talk about having your throat slit in “Brutus”. “Rat in a Cage” goes as far as to offer us an apocalyptic vision of devastated earth (“polluted and poisoned and dying race, our god doesn’t want to see the end of days”).

Columbia Tour poster for Autumn 2018

It is enough to make any young man pick up an instrument and scream into the void. And this is what The Blinders are doing with exceptional skills.  Their younger listeners will agree, but what about you older, more established members of society? Do you feel the same anger and hopelessness? Do you remember yourself from the way back when you were twenty – something and  you too wanted to change the world? What do you see and what do you feel when you listen to “Columbia”?

I almost forgot how it felt when I breathed anger at lack of prospects, walls and crazed political heads. Until “Columbia” arrived in its 12 track glory and hit me right in the chest. The album caused me physical pain – at the memories of growing up in a rundown mining town (to which I hate to return even now),  living in a Grenfell Tower like building in the middle of a council estate. In a world behind the Iron Curtain at a time when Berlin Wall was still standing and people were shot for trying to get to the other side.  Give or take, The “Orbit” or “The Ballad of Winston Smith” can be about me – for I too read 1984 in class, as art and literature were the only forms of escape. In desperation to have an impact on the world I even picked a tool of trade, but it wasn’t a guitar. It was a camera…

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

“Columbia” was recorded in winter of 2017 at the Magic Garden studio with Gavin Monaghan as producer. It is the final stop in a long journey the band went though in the last two-three years.  It captures the spirit of their live performance to the last sparkle. If you have seen The Blinders live you will notice immediately that “Et Tu”, “Brutus” and “Berlin Wall” come one after another on the record, in the same order as they come on stage. The band likes to use all three compositions to end their shows with a proper punch. Two older songs “Brave New World” and “I Can`t Breathe Blues” albeit in newer versions made it onto the record. “ICB Blues”originally appeared on the 2016 EP “Hidden Horror Dance”, while “Brave New World” was previously released as a stand-alone single in 2017. If one follows the band, there is very little new material you can hear on the record. All three main singles “Gotta Get Through”, “L`Etat C`Est Moi” and “Brave New World” have been on the radio since March. “Brutus” and “Hate Song” are in regular rotation during live performances since last year.  If you watch Pirate Studios performance from 2017 you can see early version of “Hate Song” being named “March March March” (19:00 mins mark). “Rat in a Cage” and “Orbit (Salmon of Alaska)” appeared in live versions on socials in recent weeks, so  the only new compositions that have not been heard are “Where No Man Comes” and  short “Free The Slave”.  Is it bad? Not at all in my eyes.   I regard “Columbia” as crowning achievement of the bands potential so far.  They evolved so much in such a short time that it is incredible to observe. “Columbia” brings and ties all the ends from their career so far in one spectacular album.

Do yourself a little favour  and listen to very early demos from Thomas Haywood`s SoundCloud account. Songs such as “Ballad of Johnny Dream” and “Wither” (or even “Death of Narcissist”) had a huge influence on “Orbit” and “Ballad of Winston Smith”.  There is also a very early demo of “Ramona Flowers” and “You`re So Cold” aptly entitled “The Darkest Thing I Ever Did Feel” on the account for those who are familiar with band`s older repertoire.

It is a privilege to see any band develop, less alone a band that will define the voice of a generation. I`ve been very lucky to discover The Blinders in May (?) 2016. Music Business is a cut throat industry, there are more bands that break up than those who make it. It takes determination, sacrifices, and being single minded to stick with being in a band.

I recently interviewed The Blinders and asked them what profession they would pursue if they haven’t been making music. “We’d probably all be butchers or something” came an answer. And then they added: “At the end of the day without signing a deal [with label Modern Sky UK] 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 it, 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”.

Those words stayed with me and returned to me when listening to “Columbia”. The band put everything what they had into their music and stayed on course despite heavy odds. Both Thomas Haywood and drummer Matthew Neale left university without a degree. They were also lucky to land a recording deal. Without it, who can say how things would turn out?

If I can be very personal for a short moment again. Here comes another reason why I have such an emotional relationship with “Columbia” and the band. I mentioned that we “met” in a “right” time.  Like them, I was pursuing a dream despite heavy losses, ridicule and scrapping by. In ten years I did not manage to break into the industry I loved despite being ready to sacrifice everything for it. Even my personal safety. Even life. Then trauma came and put the end to my chosen career. I relocated to UK in February 2016 with a life long illness and lack of direction. I put together whatever was left of “old” me and started all over again slowly building up a path as an A&R on the indie circuit. Another country, another  career with apologies to David Bowie.  The Blinders were one of the first bands I took notice of. And their music stayed with me since. In an ironic twist of fate our paths seem to cross on the indie circuit. If I seen them live at a venue, the next week one of the bands I worked with would be playing  the same stage. To me and to me only “Columbia” is not just an album that shows true talent of three young lads. It is a soundtrack to my own personal journey to where I am now. The record entangled itself (or maybe I made it this way) with what happened in the last years and will always remind me of the bleakest and most victorious moments. That’s my own “concept” behind the record.

Thomas Haywood (“Johnny Dream”) performing with The Blinders (“Codeine Scene”) at The Sunflower Lounge on 16.02.2018

To anyone else it can be a striking concept album telling a story of a dystopian state of Columbia, where people disappear at nights, where police is free to murder and oppress, where population live in poverty and the young feel anger and solitude. Where Johnny Dream is calling to break out from mental cages and to support one another. Where despite the evil and the suffering there is still place for compassion, love and will to survive.

It can also be a set of twelve songs without any story behind them that try to make sense of the messed up world we live in.

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. Sometimes there`s spirit of Jim Morrison there in the spoken parts, sometimes you will hear Oasis or The Beatles or even Pink Floyd flirting with David Bowie. You can hear Mark Bolan`s groove.  There are some oriental musical themes that make me think of Kula Shaker. But mostly, mostly 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.

The album may be bleak as the abyss but I can see The Blinder`s future in quite a positive light. At the end of this review I`d like to refer to one single thing I  find worrying.  Here`s a small appeal to fellow music press folks – please do not treat the bands members and especially the vocalist as some sort of rock gods. I find the comparisons to “messiahs” or “Jim Morrisson” absurd and dangerous. Stage persona is not necessarily how artists are in real life. Please enjoy the show and leave the whole rock god icon in the past.  4REAL.

Columbia is out on 21st September 2018 via Modern Sky UK.

TRACKLIST:
1. Gotta Get Through
2. L’Etat C’Est Moi
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
9. Brutus/Berlin Wall
10. Brave New World
11. Rat In A Cage
12. Orbit (Salmon of Alaska)

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/

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/

Till the next time,

Malicia D.

Indieterria meets TommyandMary

Dear Readers,

Band logo

Since we are already in July and the days are longer, we will have a double (or maybe even a triple) portion of Indieterria this month. So much music to listen to and great bands to tell you about. This episode is all about Thomas and Mary Yaman, known professionally as TommyandMary.  This is our pleasure and privilege to introduce you dear readers to punk rock duo that is building themselves a cult following in London. Based in Brixton, they work hard, play even harder and have won their fans not only by the strength of their music, but also because of the affection and respect they show each other.

We have sat down with Tommy and Mary to speak about their new album, busking, being  independent artists and song writing.

Forget about Sid and Nancy, we have got better couple in town! And they rock!

The Angels of Brixton

The Angels of Brixton

You are described as British answer to The White Stripes. Like Jack and Meg White, you are married and until recently, you have played exclusively with each other. You also divide band duties in similar way as Mary plays drums whilst Tommy concentrates on guitars and vocals. Do you consider comparisons to The White Stripes to be a badge of honour, lazy journalism or perhaps you  just don’t care?

Tommy: I think people will always compare us to The White Stripes and many other duos. I personally don’t think we sound like The White Stripes at all. I grew up  when The Strokes, Kings of Leon and The Libertines and off course The White Stripes all came out at the same time. But Jack and Meg were never my cup of tea. Mary didn`t even know who they were until someone mentioned them to her while we were busking.

Can you remember the moment when you two decided to form a band together?

Tommy: Yes, very well. We were outside my old apartment where Mary and I lived for a while. The band I was in at the time and Mary joined had split. I wanted to play solo as I found it difficult to cope with all 5 personalities I had to play with at the time. And Mary thought it would be cool if we played just us two and carried on our musical journey together.

The fondness you show for each other is unparalleled on the indie scene. Band bio says “TommyandMary are one word because we are that close”. You wear matching attires (“I prefer the drummer” – Tommy, “Unavailable” – Mary) and then there is “Angels” – powerful love song  about yourselves released as a single. We have to say – it is incredible to witness such affection.

Mary posing in her signature “Unavailable” tee

Matching attires.

Tommy wearing his “I prefer the drummer” shirt

Mary: Music is a very sensitive and fragile form of art and the fact that we are married and are in a band together just makes it even more personal. We grow together as individuals and as musicians and the love that we have for each other makes everything seem possible. I hope it shows in our music!

Another thing that sets you apart from other acts is your working ethics. For the last two years you have combined regular gigs with extensive busking. It seems the life on an independent artist is pretty intensive.

Tommy: We’ve stopped busking for now. We couldn’t stand it anymore (laughs) but I think we learnt a lot from it. It built our confidence.

Your busking escapades quickly turned into a permanent residency at the Oxford Circus attracting hundreds of people each time you played. Can you tell us how does it feels to be playing on Britain’s busiest street?

Tommy: Busking gave us an opportunity to meet some amazing people from all over the world and acquire some professional contracts. Mary got sponsored by Underground and we both got sponsored by company called W.S.Studio. Not to mention that we had once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record our latest album “Authority” at Rupert Cobb’s Gun Hill Studios with the AMAZING Gary Wallis. So I think the goods outweighs the amounts of times we were harassed by the public and judged for being beggars by some clothing companies that had no idea about our passion for performing and playing music.

Tommy at The 100 Club

Mary posing for the Underground brand

Is it safe to be a busker in London? And  a question that must follow the first one – is it profitable  in the times of everlasting rush and gripping austerity?

Tommy:  I think anything is profitable when your passion for something is bigger than the price. And  to be honest, no it isn’t safe. Especially when there is still a minority of crazy, ignorant people in the world and as a busker you are exposed to it.

Your regular gigs took you to some of capital`s most celebrated venues. Among many 100 Club, Nambucca, Camden Assembly and now 229. How is club circuit responding to independent acts?

Tommy: We’ve definitely been to some amazing venues like 100 Club and 93 Feet East. It gave us a chance to meet some bands and musicians that have been in the game for a while longer than us. It’s inspiring but also feels overwhelming.

Mary at The 100 Club

TommyandMary supported number of prolific artists, most recently The Telescopes. How do you recall that particular show?

Tommy: Having been on the same stage as some legendary acts, we both felt like we really had to step up and not let our ancestors down.

Mary, you are known for very technical and powerful style of drumming despite downsizing your kit to bare essentials. Something similar was practiced by Palmolive  (original sticks woman of the punk heroines The Slits). What inspired you to hit things for a living?

Mary:  I can’t agree with saying that my drumming is technical at all. In fact loads of drummers criticised me about the way I sit, hold sticks and set up my drum kit. But yeah, I prefer aggressive style of drumming as it allows me to feel the songs and it is just boring otherwise. Tommy suggested busking one day and I just went with it.

As a band`s chief tunesmith, you don’t shy from tacking contemporary topics such as corporate/precarious work (“My manager is a prick”), obsession with celebrities (“Rich acting Rich For The Poor”) or going though existential crisis (“Red”). Do you believe that it is important for artists to be socially and politically active?

Tommy: I believe if an artist is only writing about ego or their own spoilt opinions, he or she is avoiding the honesty that lays in each person’s heart. Whether this is political or not, the truth is that we are all in this journey together and being ignorant, self indulgent or judgmental isn’t something that I encourage. But being empathetic to both worlds, the ego and the selflessness give me an insight into what lays in-between inaction and people’s willingness to ensemble, and this is something worth writing about. Contradiction is something that is often reflected in my thoughts and actions and I want to learn more about psychological and philosophical aspects of writing. So I don’t think politics is really my strength.

The band is on their third independent release. “Authority” was debuted earlier this year and was recorded at Gun Hill Studios in London. It is a significant change in sound compared to “The Things we love” (2015) and “Smoke Break -Side A” (2016). Your songs are layered, elaborate even. Are you satisfied with this new direction?

Sleeve to debut release Together We Love

Smoke Break -Side A – collage and pins, this record is in our musical archives and is signed!

Authority – third release

Tommy:  For our  first album “Together We Love”, I had written all the songs and Mary didn’t have much of a say or creative input. But as we grew musically together, we began to think collaboratively on our sound and direction. Our experiences started to reflect in our music and we really started to learn more about our sound and what we wanted to write about.

“Authority” is accompanied by three promotional videos (“Angels”, “Authority”, “The Rich acting Rich For The Poor”) and an alternative DIY video to “The Rich…” directed by the band, a fan documentary and a video interview. That’s an enormous amount of work put into promoting the album. Do you enjoy collaborating with others?

Tommy:  We have made a lot of friends from our music and we absolutely love spending time with them. The DIY videos that we made are all about the collaboration that we can have with our friends and using their talents to make things happen. But also it is important for us to have a great time making something together.

We heard though a grapevine that you are planning to introduce a new guitarist  to the fold.

Tommy:  A lot of bands add members after a while to create a wider range of sounds. We decided that this isn’t the direction we want to take. We want to keep it as it is. We don’t want to change. Although we were thinking of  bringing a friend in for our next show  as he is an amazing guitarist and writer. I know for sure that he will be very successful with his music in the long run. But no, we won’t be adding another band member.

Random. Last. Question. If you could travel to the golden years of rock music with whom would you tour?

Tommy: The Clash did a lot of busking in their days. So I would have liked to play a few shows with them.  I think Mary’s drums would have been a huge factor in pushing boundaries in the late 70s (laughs). Or perhaps I could be in New York playing a few shows at CBGB`s with The Dead Boys, that would have been amazing, having been given the opportunity.

Mary: I would have played with The Rolling Stones and Queen.

TommyandMary: One Word

You can follow TommyandMary here:

https://www.tommyandmary.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/tommyandmary/
https://twitter.com/tommyandmary
https://www.instagram.com/tommyandmary_punkduo/

**** Update 28/07/2017****

Poster for the Absent Kelly indie night on 7th July 2017

TommyandMary played a very well received gig at 229 Venue in London on 7th July 2017 as part of Absent Kelly`s indie night series. So good was the night in fact, that they were given a rave review in Louder Than War magazine and  photographer Marcus Jamieson-Pond dedicated them a whole gallery on his website!

Louder Than War review in full, 16th July 2017

You can see the kick ass review online at Louder Than War (which happens to be this blog`s fav music mag!)

http://louderthanwar.com/absent-kelly-presents-bexatron-live-review/

And the image gallery can be found here:

https://www.tommy-and-mary-229.jampondphotography.com/album

 

See ya

Rita+Mal

****Update 03.09.2017****

Folks, we`d love to tell you to hang onto your seats, but you will be floored anyway, so find yourself a comfortable spot and listen up. Tommy and Mary had just finished headlining gig last night at The Cellar/The Finborough Arms in Kensington and were so generous to share with us a very cool collection of their concert posters. Exclusive for the blog! We are very lucky. Eye candy those posters are but also serve as a proof that the band played a string of cult venues in half a year: The 100 Club, Nambucca, 93 Feet East, Camden Assembly and The Cellar. All those years of playing and busking and persistence certainly paid off. Nothing builds a brand for a band like doing their own thing and pushing at the boundaries.

Poster for The 100 Club gig on 25.01.2017 while supporting legendary The Telescopes

Poster for the gig at Camden Assembly on 25th March 2017

Poster for gig at Nambucca on May 3rd 2017

Poster for the gig at 93 Feet East gig on 11.08.2017

Poster for a gig at The Cellar/ Finborough Arms in Kensington on 2nd September 2017

Another achievement of the band is even better than playing all the venues in the capital. Tommy and Mary debuted on BBC 6 Music on 18th August 2017 as part of 6 Music Recommends. Picked by the legendary DJ and broadcaster Steve Lamacq himself, they were hailed for being “nicely uncompromising” and  tacking a myriad of topics from having annoying housemates to precarious work.  If you don’t know who Lammo is, let us tell you this much – he is recognized as one of handful other DJs (with Mary Ann Hobbs and Jo Whitley) to fill the gap left by John Peel and is often regarded as a trend setter. Being on his show is a stamp of good quality and a sign that band is on the right way.

Personally what we found exciting is that Tommy and Mary`s Insecurities were played right after Paul Draper`s new single (yes, the man from Mansun!) and received the same amount of introduction on air.

Here is a screenshot of the BBC website

Screengrab from BBC 6 website

And here`s a (very) bad quality recording of the song and what Steve said:

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0bj1xgiKKAb

We hope you like it,

We are so excited for the band, we really are. Surely  more good things to come from them!

Laters,

Mal/Rita

Indieterria meets Michael Knowles

We go political!

Michael Knowles blows a kiss towards audience at Drum and Pig pub/music venue on its final night before a temporary closure and management takeover. Worcester, February 25, 2017

Everything`s political as Skunk Anansie song goes. And May issue of Indieterria will be all that and even a bit philosophical.

We are steering back our ship to Worcester shores to introduce you to Michael Knowles – leader of The STDs and one of the most controversial figures in the Midlands. How politically incorrect is Mr Knowles? His new single is called “Theresa May is a cunt” and contains language so strong you may want to dig out your “Cop Killers” and “Straight Outta Comptons” out of the basement instead. We can see you rolling your eyes and ears dear readers. So we will ante up and tell you that besides being potty-mouthed, Michel Knowles has a voice of 4,5 octaves, a pitch perfect hearing and is a trained in music production.

Aha, controversial yet talented – now that is a hard mixture to swallow for some. It is much easier to dismiss musicians and artists as immature and looking for attention when  they are painted as  common nobodies. Much harder to do so when artists are seen as complex humans who have their strengths and exercise the right to freedom of speech.

The current world of pop music has been derived of controversial and outspoken characters to the point that you cant even hear songs on the radio that were in heavy rotation 20 years ago in the middle of the day. Try requesting Nine Inch Nails` Closer nowadays on the radio and see what they will play you.

Indie scene had always a place for counter culture and the obscene and we are happy to report that independent and unsigned artists are stepping in to fill the hole. Shame have fantastic “VISA Vulture” with its libelous video to match, The Blinders paint messages on their guitars and Michael Knowles and The STDs hammer the message nicely from our town.   You may see it as unnecessary and infantile – but we see it a form of balance. Music is broad enough to incorporate Little Mix and The STDs in all their respective popness and cockiness.

Fear not. The interview below is all nice and dandy and you may find out that controversial  figures can have a lot of cleaver things to say. We loved the passion Michael has for his musical heroes. So sit back and read on:

Michael Knowles performing live at Drum and Pig pub/music venue on its final night before a temporary closure and management takeover. Worcester, February 25, 2017

 

Michael Knowles – a stream of consciousness

Technology is a wonderful thing. For example, it allows you to interview artists even late at night from the comfort of your own office. You type the questions into instant messenger and wait for the answers to arrive. Piece of cake. On the downside, technology can`t replicate that old fashioned feeling of excitement that every music journalist feels when meeting a new and promising act in person. And you need to know Michael Knowles surely earned himself a name to be regarded as exciting and controversial in equal measures. He fronts a band called The STD`s, dresses like it`s 1980s and is known for performances that are politically incorrect yet hilariously funny. No journalist would pass  the opportunity to see what makes Michael tick and we are no exception.

This is what we have found out:

Tell us about the band. How many of you and how did you start?

There were only three of us to start with: Steve Church, Dean Thomas Carter and myself. Steve and I had worked together in the past on an album I never released. Dean and I had played together in the house band of The Flag in Worcester (back then known as The Tap). One day we went to this kid`s backyard studio and we all fit really well so we started looking for a bassist as at the start Steve was on guitar.  Over time we’ve had some great musicians join us on – George, James or Tadd. They have come and gone to find new projects. Right now the line up is Steve on bass, The Jack (Tad Jones) on guitar, Dean on drums and myself on vocals. Plus I play guitar too.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

So four guys in a rock and roll band that is nothing like Worcestershire ever seen.

This is true.

You have a very distinct image – very 80s classic rock. On purpose or is it just how you guys roll?

To be honest,  we’ve only really dressed up for gigs a few times but now I mean we don’t really want to have to look through stuff to wear!

So there`s image change on the cards? You know you have already made yourself a name of new Steel Panther in town!

It depends where we shop next (laughs) and really I thought we had the reputation of a noisy bunch.

Noisy yes. But people rather see you as classic rock revival. Quite an interesting twist on David Lee Roth and Poison.

Well, that wasn’t our intention.

What was your intention then?

Just to be noisy and chaotic.

We could add early Alice In Chains to the influences you represent.

There was never really a plan. Still isn’t.

You still evolving sonically?

We’ve got a lot of new stuff in the pipeline. We always do.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

If you were to describe new songs- what would you say? Shall we buy earplugs in advance?

Possibly. There’s  material about some dark times and then whatever we write in the meantime. Plus a concept album.

So no more comic rock and songs about female attributes?

Probably not. But who knows? Let’s face it there’s no plan.

You said that world doesn’t need love songs anymore. That world needs anger.

This is true. I think a lot of anything I’ve written that could be considered “love songs” are usually bitter sweet. With a hint of sarcasm and a lot of anger.

Well, Ledbury Song is very angry but at the same time hilariously funny. You have audience roaring with laughter.

It is less of a song, more of a rant really.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

We don’t know if you agree- but we see your lyrics as a mix of Tenacious D with Morrissey-esque cynical humour and playing with words.

I doubt I could ever be compared to Morrissey. I’m never that poetic (laughs)

The Ledbury Song has the same motif as Everyday Is Like A Sunday:  dislike for a small town that is becoming like a prison for a young person. Moz also wants to bomb the town and he is not poetic about it.

I haven’t heard it but I agree with him.

You come from a small place?

A small town. Small in size and small minded. Hard to be anyone there.

Do you think you would be different if you were born in London?

I’ve been to London and I hate that place. Too big and far too busy. Everyone in a hurry to go nowhere.

So perhaps there`s a positive side of being born in a small town?

I think the point is everyone hates where they are from eventually but it’s always where you call home.

Who would you put in your top 5 artists?

I’d say Tool, Amen, early Slipknot and honestly Trent Reznor and Bill Hicks.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

Very broad influences.

I just love their attitudes and way of creating. I love how Bill Hicks was born in the religious South yet could deconstruct the archaic institutions that he was thrust into. I love how angry Slipknot were and to a 13 year old outcast they represented hope that you might be a freak but there was a place in this world for you. Amen taught me that record companies are just stupid. Tool taught me the beauty of feedback and how atmosphere can really make the hairs on your neck stand up. And Trent is just the god of chaos in noise.

You talk so poetically about music. You will put Moz out of business one day.

It’s all I have really. My whole life has been music and everything else has come and gone but there was always solace in music.

You sing, write, compose, play instruments – that’s lot of talents.

I see it as separate parts of one whole encompassing thing that is just me.

Where do you think the music will take you or the band?

It’s less about what music can do and more about how far we take it. We’re not looking to be billionaire rock stars with handlers. Our goals are to play every show and know at least half the audience.

And will that be enough?

It was always enough to have fans to grow with than trying to appease the masses.

You can follow Michael Knowles online at:

https://www.facebook.com/MKandSTDs
https://www.instagram.com/michael_knowles21
https://soundcloud.com/michael-knowles-music
https://soundcloud.com/michael-knowles-music/michael-knowles-the-stds

https://www.facebook.com/michael.knowles.5832343

At the beginning of April 2017, Michael Knowles and The STDs began recording of their new material using premises at Marrs Bar in Worcester as a studio. The result is album (that still needs to receive a release date) and a single “Theresa May is a cunt”. You can listen it here:

https://michaelknowlesthestds.bandcamp.com/track/theresa-mays-a-cunt

As we said – you may not agree with the bands sentiments but taking into consideration news item such as: HERE  or HERE, it makes us wonder if the song should not be at least six minutes longer. To act as a vent for the anger and frustration, if not anything else.

 

Our interview with Michael Knowles has been kindly reprinted in Slap Magazine and you can see your copy at the link below:

http://www.slapmag.co.uk/slap-issues/issue-69-may-2017.pdf

Or download copy  here:

issue-69-may-2017

Some images for our records if anything else fails:

Slap Magazine feature – May 2017 edition

Photo of the article

Kudos to Andy O`Hare from BBC Hereford & Worcester for allowing us some of his photos.

And if you found this edition of Indieterria too much, bear with us. Next time we are going to the church!

Malicia

**** Update 02/06/2017****

We have awesome news to report. This summer, UK will see a gigantic series of gigs and concerts under banner of “Musicians Against Homelessness”. This initiative was started in 2016 by legendary A&R and founder of Creation Records – Alan McGee. Its aim is simple – to gather funds for Crisis, charity that helps fight homelessness.

Literary everyone involved in the initiative works/plays for free (that includes us as well)  and every penny raised is passed to Crisis. One of MAH events will take part in Hereford at the legendary Booth Hall (Never been? You have only yourself to blame) on July 8th as part of Hereford Punk Festival. If you are in the area, please come down and have fun because Rich Lovell and Minky Cuadra of Underground Revolution did pure magic and got together two sets of pure punk, rock and poetry madness.

Hereford Punk Festival – line up in aid of Crisis

Hereford Punk Festival – MAH event just looks incredible

Michael Knowles is obviously on the bill and that will be just a fantastic opportunity to listen to his new material tested on the stage. He will not play lullabies, we warn you.

If you want  to learn more, here are some links worth checking:

Musicians Against Homelessness
https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/

The Booth Hall
https://www.facebook.com/TheBoothHallHereford

Rich Lovell
https://www.facebook.com/rich.lovell.37

Minky Cuadra
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010293331172

Underground Revolution
https://www.facebook.com/groups/undergroundrevolution/

Crisis
https://www.crisis.org.uk/

 

Oh and STD`s album launch happens one month before  the gig in Hereford on June  9th at Marrs Bars in Worcester. So get your copy and you will be set up for sing a-long. It will be also one day after the snap elections, so you know 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/events/1786676631644926/

Humor is the devil`s friend – album cover

The STDs in all their glory

 

Xxxooo
Rita+Mal