The Kecks “Modern Girls” – single review

Dear Readers, 

When I was a young and inexperienced female music fan, the one that would cut out articles from NME to stick them to the walls, I thought that going to gigs was being part of history in the making. Discovering artists in small venues before they conquer the world, being with like minded people, falling in love with the music.

When I grew up a little bit more and actually went to gigs, I discovered that live shows could be rough or even dangerous (my first gig seen my nose being broken by a cassette tape  thrown from the stage) while some fans were rude, crude and grouping was normal.

The Kecks

I dreamed I would hang out with musicians like all A&Rs and PRs I admired.  I thought I’d have connections, be respected in the business and help artists achieve the greatness. Once again I had to revisit my plans. Women in music were scarce, bands would quit before they achieved anything, artists would not even acknowledge your input before moving on to “better things” and sexism was rampant.

In short – if you are a female in music business – you need skin thicker than that of Anna Franklyn (do see “The Reptile” if you can), determination of Rambo and patience of a saint to do your job. I will be honest, sometimes I get sick and tired of music, gigs and lads with guitars.

But then,  you encounter a band that tears your heart out, blows your mind and you fall in love with them unconditionally – from the first note. You start believing all those things about greatness, being part of something special and history in the making.  I keep telling that as a music obsessive, I fall in love with artists twice a week. Every couple of years, I lose my head. And I don’t know what’s in the water in Yorkshire, but for the third time, it’s a band from Doncaster. Well, ¼ of the band actually. The rest is from Australia, Austria, Germany and they are based in Hamburg.

Modern Girls artwork

The Kecks have been on my radar for nearly a year now. If before they were in “the best new band on the circuit” category, after their newest single “Modern Girls”, they are elevated to being inches away from my favourite band.

Man, do they tick all the boxes!  They don’t do happy sing-alongs  for the public. Leave that to Gerry Cinnamon. Theirs is rock and roll spiked with psychedelia, raw and emotional, provocative and dangerous. Sensual even.  Music  that goes straight to the soul. They know their craft. Singer Lennart Uschmann throws himself on stage like it`s his only mean of survival. He is capable of both –  serenading the audience, whispering and howling like a mad person in the attic. There is something theatrical, otherworldly about him. Think David Bowie or Richard Hell. It`s mesmerizing. The rest of the band (Samuel Telford on guitar, Joel Phillips on bass and Kai Weidle on drums) follow closely – in their coats, flamboyant shirts, make up or dresses – smashing out bangers and kicking clichés in the balls. On the indie circuit full of post punk acts that made school uniforms out of trench coats, white shirts and black trousers, The Kecks are shining with their retro attires.

Another thing that wins me over in an artist is their ethics. I`m always in the corner of the underdogs, those who come out of the underground, the self made and the struggling.  And The Kecks have enough bravery and attitude to fill an ocean. Their press release mentions that the band “religiously preserved their DIY ethos”, they film their own videos, they support independent venues such as Molotow (including playing a special gig for the venue during lock down), they release on AWAL – a platform that functions as an alternative to traditional record labels.

Then there is the video to “Modern Girls” where the band put themselves in the shoes of every woman to protest double standards and hypocrisy. You can see The Kecks being violently forced into skimpy outfits, strong make up and then paraded out to be judged  – only to find out they do not meet “the standards”. The video hits home and is a powerful reminder that unrealistic expectations destroy lives, and not only those of women. Think the whole culture of machismo, toxic masculinity with its narrow views on gender, sexuality and identity. Although musically situated far away from IDLES, The Kecks proudly place themselves on the same side of the barrier when it comes to fighting injustice and social stigmas. Like it or not – it is a political statement of sorts. And such statements takes guts in the era where alt -right runs amok and you are branded a “snowflake” for being kind and civil.

The Kecks (again)

In these trying times, it is the artist’s duty to speak up and take action. It’s a test and The Kecks have passed it with flying colours. They know their art and their songs well, as Bob Dylan once observed.

We listen to music for many reasons, but if you strip all the layers down to one thing, it will be to find others who are just like us. We follow artists and we hope that they will be our tribe, with similar outlook on life and values. Even reviews are done from that point of view. In our naivety, we entrust strangers with a part of ourselves. Maybe selfishly, we want them to be at our disposal so we can enjoy the music, the art and the illusion of not being alone.

I can only hope The Kecks will continue for many years to come.

Please follow the band online:
https://www.thekecksofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thekecksofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm0wdB5kpFtz5VjJlblmlIQ
https://www.instagram.com/thekecksofficial/
https://twitter.com/the_kecks

or listen to their music on Spotify:

 

The Kecks will be streaming their concerts online in the next weeks, so please visit their social media out to find more details.

Malicia Dabrowicz

Indieterria presents The Blinders For The Many Tour

Dear Readers,

Every day in music business is different. But if somebody told us that we would be reporting on a tour to raise funds for a political party during election time last week, we would raise our eyebrows. Music and politics is as old as time itself but UK has not seen rock bands tour to support a political party since New Labour movement or at least since Manics dropped their first album.

For The Many Tour poster

Sold out shows!

Well guess what. We do have a tour to raise funds for Labour Party and yes, we are gonna report on it. With details.  Manchester based trio The Blinders (called by musical press to be the most vocal and important band on the scene in the last three decades) hit the road to fund raise, encourage young people to vote and to push for the social change we all desperately need. Ahead of their For The Many Tour the members have issued this statement:

“All of our lives it has felt like politics has worked against us with election after election seemingly serving the interests of a limited few.
For us, the election on the 12th of December, provides a crucial opportunity to elect a Labour government that we truly believe in.
The For the Many Tour is about using our platform to bring people together, influence change and help create a society in which we are a little bit more equal.
We hope to be joined by as many of our friends and like minded individuals as possible.
IF NOT NOW……. THEN WHEN ?”

The band called upon other musicians, spoken word artists and general audience to join them in creating concerts with all the profits going to local Labour Party chapters, often is constituencies with seats that could challenge the status quo. The answer was shift and within few days seven concerts have been set up across the country, with a leading show at O2 Ritz in Manchester with a star line up.

The is still chance to join the initiative and everyone interested, be it a venue, artists or volunteers  can get in touch with the band via a page that has been set up  for the purpose of the tour: https://forthemanytour.com/contact or they can simply send an enquiry to bands email: management@theblindersofficial.com

*** Tour ***

Show#1 – Blackpool 

Blackpool was the first show on the tour and we have to say the kick off was amazing. With 6 bands and one poet on the bil, the innauguration of the tour went absolutely perfect. Jordan Allen did a solo show to open up the celebration, Nana White Pepper blew everyone away with their set (and made their manager proud!), Filthy Tricks were mesmerazing and Palava and Scarlet rocked the crowd like category 5 hurricane. Please see their video for proof! Afghan Sand Gand and Patrick T Davies are close friends of the Blinders so it was not a surprise to see them on the bill. Bobby Bentham of Strange Bones (who did a lovely DJ set) and the emerging band Those Fucking Snowflakes (be careful! They are an avalanche!), made the gig a memorable night for equality and diversity. It is worth mentioning that the performances were a little bit delayed. As the running order was getting behind the schedule, the Blinders played before Those Fucking Snowflakes and in a really cool turn of events, they ended up headlining the gig! How cool is that!

Blackpool event poster

Date: 30.11.2019
Town: Blackpool
Venue: Bootleg Social
Address: 30 Topping St, Blackpool FY1 3AQ
Door:  7 PM – 2 AM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Jordan Allen (solo show), Nana White Pepper, Afghan Sand Gang, Filthy Tricks, Palava, Scarlet, Those Fucking Snowflakes, Patrick T. Davies (spoken word), Bobby (Strange Bones)– DJ set
This show is 18+
Event Page    

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5inWMdgHZB/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1201139817922416640?s=20 (venue)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1201221536214126593/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1200781592307875842/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxUHmnS00/ (Palava)
https://twitter.com/underblackcombe/status/1201155705094463488 (The Blinders)

Palava performing in support of the Labour Party at the Bootleg – pictures by Edgaras Lazurinas

 

Those Fucking Snowflakes pictures by Alysia Mitchell

Videos:

Nana White Pepper


Scarlet (video by Joseph Challender)


The Blinders Setlist:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall


Show#2 – Manchester

Manchester was the second show on the tour but the biggest one overall. It was dubbed “Socialist Sunday” and its motto was “For the Manny, Not the Few”. Over 1200 tickets were sold in 3 weeks, 12 bands performed and 10 speakers shared their views with the public. There was a new merch stand with amazing t-shirts saying “The Blinders For The Many Tour”, “Tories Out” and “Union Kicking Ass for The Working Class” (that was presented on stage by Charlie McGough of the Blinders and proved very photogenic).

The show was organized by Kallum Nolan (Rochdale Labour Coulcillor) and Ben Taylor (head of events at Jimmy’s Group). It was streamed online in its entirety by The People’s Assembly.

Manchester event poster known as Socialist Sunday

Set list for the night picture by Ben Taylor

Date: 01.12.2019
Town:  Manchester
Venue:  O2 Ritz
Address:  Whitworth Street West, M15NQ
Door:  2 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up:  The Blinders, Cabbage, Scuttlers, The Rhythm Method, Eccentronic Research Council Space Monkeys, The Pagans S.O.H, Cold Water Swimmers, Ventrelles, Gerry O’Gorman, Dollie Demi, Karl Hildebrandt plus guest speakers Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Maxine Peake, Andy Burham, Tom Keenan (DJ) and more.
Event Page     

Live stream:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=447410862814225 (interview with Maxine Peake)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2415456978716818 (Part1  – Cold Waters Swimmers, Pagans SOH, Eccentronic Research Council, Loose Articles, Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2147855098844652/ (Part2 – Space Monkeys, The Rhythm Method, Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/595952144499283/ (Part 3 –  Cabbage and The Blinders)

Pictures:

Official selection of pictures from the event captured by the amazing Trust A Fox.
https://www.trustafoxphotography.com/trust-a-fox-blog/2019/12/3/socialist-sunday-011219-o2-ritz-manchester

https://twitter.com/theblindersband/status/1201555027795611648 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lZtFWJFPB/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1200928543611465730 (merch stand)
https://twitter.com/kallumnolan/status/1201497246099034119/photo/1 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kvo62Ab1F/?igshid=1saj2hfv19odi (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kqkjqhkVV/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kgNxenmqL/ (The Blinders, Cabbage)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jR_h6hFWq/(mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jLpXMAzGN/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jJwGlgaWY/ (mixed)
https://twitter.com/ScuttlersINC/status/1201529492868620292/photo/1 (Scuttlers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201478833674891265?s=20 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201464249551400960?s=20 (Pagans SOH)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201493081595535361?s=20 (Space Monkeys)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201486395900092416?s=20 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201484341156691968?s=20 (Loose Articles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201474913216929792?s=20 (Dollie Demi)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201472507502616582?s=20 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201471604003344388?s=20 (Ventrelles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201576129150246922?s=20 (John McClure of Reverend & TheMakers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201607817670643714/photo/1 (Thomas Haywood of The Blinders)
www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956567352725 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156957359237725 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956665367725 (Space Monkeys, Rhythm Method and Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956362102725 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lO_nxFtgM/ (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPiIun_ag/ (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432495580752604 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432369810765181 (The Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432326074102888 (The Rhythm Method)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432298250772337 (Space Monkeys)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432263300775832 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432242337444595 (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431684000833762 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431603720841790 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431643110837851 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431615794173916 (Karl Hildebrandt)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431537780848384 (Dollie Demi)

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kjjGrHLoR/?igshid=thqer0e9ejc1
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPGSkHQdh/
https://twitter.com/Reverend_Makers/status/1201265997472313349?s=20
https://www.youtube.com/user/mancmusic/videos (large collection of videos)
https://www.facebook.com/679846713/posts/10156600900541714/

Poetry:
Mancunian (mosh pit) poet laurate – Karl Hildebrandt spoke at the Ritz just before the Pagans SOH gig and addressed the inequality and social injustice with his poem. The piece is still unentitled and it was written about 4 am on the day of the concert! His poetry is really powerful and resonated with the audience. Due to high demand (many people asked us to add it!) we have teamed with Karl who kindly re-recorded it and you can listen to it below:

 

The Blinders went on stage exactly at 10:00 pm and the public quickly greeted them with delight. It was another full house for the trio in one year, as they sold out the venue in April during their Columbia Spring tour. Thomas Haywood spoke to the public convincing them to vote Labour and “finally breaking his silence”. During “Berlin Wall” after singing the famous line “Does my vote count for anything at all?”, he felt prompted to add “Yes, it fucking does!” to huge cheers form the audience. The ending of the gig was a real surprise as members of several Manchester bands – Cabbage, Scuttlers, Saytr Play, and Document, joined The Blinders on stage to perform Cabbage’s infamous track “Terrorist Synthesizer” in a obvious jab at conservative mainstream press often calling Jeremy Corbyn a “terrorist symphatizer” because of his peace negotiations with IRA in the early 1990’s.

Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
Where No Man Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall
Encore: Terrorist Synthesizer (with Cabbage and Scuttlers)

After party poster

The party was not over with the lights out at the Ritz. The bands, speakers and many of the audience members moved to the popular night club, The Night People where the good fun continued till early morning. All bar profits were also donated to local Labour North West branch.

Show #3 – Doncaster 

The Doncaster show was the second show on the tour to sell out. The Blinders arrived to spread the message of hope and glory (well we exaggerate, but just a tiny bit) to mostly young audience at their favourite hang-out place, aka The Social. It was good to see the band’s family members and friends who came out to greet them. The show was described as sweaty but amazing. Patrick T Davies again provided a spoken word, Jordan Allen played a another solo acoustic gig under the alias of Gordin Alan (A Tribute act) and Wraiths and Tinfoils raised the temperature to boiling levels. The Blinders were a bit delayed (about half an hour due to late start) but played a full set, just without the encore. The fundraiser was a success and a substancial sum will be given to local chapter of Labour Party. Thank you to all who donated and who came out to support the tour. It is greatly appreciated.

Doncaster event poster

Date: 02.12.2019
Town: Doncaster
Venue:  Social Bar
Address:  28-30 Lazarus Court, Bradford Row, DN1 3NF
Door:  7:30 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Wraights, Tinfoils, Jordan Allen (solo show), Patrick T. Davies (spoken word)
This show is 18+
Event Page  

Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2465383860401600 (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://twitter.com/hossfitt/status/1201653341039874050/photo/1 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5l-bYnHfMJ/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7ugRtnnRO/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n84vFH_ig/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n6u3zHDbe/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n5qkuHh9_/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5npVauhQiM/ (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nc8FRAjnw/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nrd8VHeej/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nCPEFHSRk/ (Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nuVfPnUbR/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n1YrOnp2u/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nysbYHZfj/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxqh0H5uX/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ya1spH61q (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5quNu6nH5e/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B53uLeCgmuT (The Blinders)

 

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5mbcY5gaR2/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nttLlgM92/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nocm1HKDo/
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/posts/10216941080253874

The stage times were as follows (just add 30 minutes to them as there was a delay!):

The Blinders set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat, C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
40 Days And 40 Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Rage
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage (feat Jordan Allen)
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

Show #4  – London

Fourth show on the tour and the merry machine came to the capitol to deliver an intimate show what was probably the smallest gig on the tour. Fans of four bands filled the venue to the last place and it was another sold out show collecting money for the Labour Party. Seasons has only the capacity of 80 people so the show was really up close-and-personal. Band members climbed the instruments and the bar, sat on the floor, walked among the public and they shouted the lyrics back at them. Several bands from all over the UK came to support the line up (including The Novus from Stourbridge, which makes us super proud). IT felt as being back at the beginning of their career – playing tiny venues with dedicated fans. All for a good cause.

Stage times:
Cross Wires: 7.45pm
Couples: 8.30pm
SISTERAY: 9.15pm
The Blinders: 10pm

Woodford Green event poster

Updated poster in collaboration with Kick Up the Jamz

Date: 04.12.2019
Town: Woodford Green
Venue:  Seasons
Address:  215 The Broadway, Woodford Green, Redbridge, IG8 0HL
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £8
Line Up: The Blinders, Sisteray, Couples, Cross Wires
Event Page

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5r79FVA1qL/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sZ-AxHhLr/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/overtimer/status/1202512522529705984?s=20 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sxrgBA8Yv/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5tEECUgJvo/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5srWQVB4Wz/ (The Blinders, Sisteray)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5r79FVA1qL/ (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/CrossWires/posts/2630184297062430 (Cross Wire)
https://twitter.com/overtimer/status/1202512522529705984 (The Blinders, Couples)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B55T8mZAvgt/

Couples  photographed by Caffy St Luce

Videos:

The Blinders by Tyla Challenger



The Blinders set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

Show #5  – Newport 

Newport event poster

Date: 05.12.2019
Town:  Newport (Wales)
Venue:  Le Pub
Address:  14 High Street, NP20 1FW
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £8
Line Up: The Blinders, Al Moses, Jack Perrett, Football FC, Sam J Grudgings (spoken word)
This show is 16+
Event Page   

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/JBryantWales/status/1202887717400526848?s=20 (mixed)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1202730368836755458?s=20 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/JackPerrettMusic/posts/1064427550564263 (Jack Perrett Music)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xY8fNnSG4/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xLTqAnsVm (Jack Perrett Music)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5z8CmQAI1F/ (The Blinders)

Videos:
https://twitter.com/JBryantWales/status/1202887717400526848?s=20
https://twitter.com/elaine246810/status/1202752627467018245?s=20

The Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

   

Show #6  – Stourbridge

Stourbridge event poster

Going, going, gone

Date: 06.12.2019
Town:  Stourbridge
Venue:  Green Duck Brewery
Address:  Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Rd, DY9 7ND
Door:  7PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7
Line Up: The Blinders, The Novus, Flares, Ian Marrey, Jess Silk,
Peter Lowe, Maggie Dunne (Fuzz Box) and Mark Roberts (DOXA) – speakers
This show is 18+
Event Page      

The Stourbridge concert sold out as the first show on the tour, nearly a week before its date! It was the first time The Blinders visited Stourbridge and they did a canvassing session in the morning, despite the heavy rain.

The show started at 6:00 pm with a surprise performance from Ian Marrey who replaced The Humdrum Express (Ian Passey) that was sadly forced to cancel due to an illness.  His 20 minute set was full of classic protest songs but he presented two of his own compositions that were truly appreciated by the crowd. Next was Jess Silk, a young Black Country artist with a powerful voice and true socialist nature. Flares (the youngest band on the bill) were too young to normally enter the brewery but stole the show with their enthusiasm and powerful stage presence. We sneaked with them into the brewery itself for a photo session and we got kicked out in a real punk rock fashion! Rock and roll kids, is not dead at all!

The Novus are fantastic, unstoppable noise/garage machine that flattens everything in its way. The band is exactly in the same spot as The Blinders were just 2 years ago – they are on the brink of becoming the next sensation and the four guys from Stourbridge know it very well. They have everything, catchy songs, great stage presence and a vocalist that gives it all. Look out as the Novus are touring with This Feeling and are making a name for themselves.

The Blinders closed the day with a set that was identical with previous shows. A mix of well known songs (Ramona Flowers, Brave New World) and several new ones (Rage, Something Wicked This Way Comes, 40 Days & 40 Nights) made everyone happy and proved that the Doncaster trio are now a professional band ready to take over the world.

Three speeches delivered throughout the evening belonged to Maggie Dunne from Fuzzbox, Peter Lowe (Labour Councillor) and Mark Roberts (DOXA, Mother’sEarth EXperiment).

Gallery:

Venue  – Green Duck Brewery

 

 

Ian Marrey  – first performer of the evening

 

Jess Silk – a lady with a very powerful voice (and a guitar)

 

Mark Roberts – master of ceremony

 

Maggie Dunne – speaker

 

Peter Lowe – Labour Councillor

 

Flares – the young quartet from Birmingham

 

The Novus  – hosts and main support

 

The Blinders – the masterminds behind the tour

The event was attended by many local artists from West Midland scene. Thomas Haywood posed to many pictures and we were lucky to photograph him alongside Chris Phee, lead singer of Sedated Society.

 

Videos:

Other pictures:
https://twitter.com/2324Photography/status/1203118940089704448 (The Novus)
https://www.facebook.com/thenovusband/posts/2545933365462443 (The Novus)
https://twitter.com/tyrer_adrian/status/1203305199550509059 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xePOijKy7/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xWJAdgE1D/ (Flares)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xTIdoAzJ1/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xLvSxA5fy/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5wD0BAAhtS/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5v_ihPAdUg/ (The Novus)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5v7bgbDO-K/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ztETcnWr2/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xvIiAgnot/ (The Novus)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xmWW7Ak3W/ (Flares)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B53uLeCgmuT (The Blinders)

The Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

Show #7  – Lincoln

Lincoln event poster

Date: 09.12.2019
Town: Lincoln
Venue:  Labour Club
Address:  Grafton House, 32 Newland, LN1 1XJ Lincoln
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £7.50
Line Up: The Blinders, Broken Crown, Mary`s Dream, Gary Rudd, The Pagans S.O.H, The Rills

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204171064043098112?s=20 (venue)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B55r3q4nD8N/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B54343UhYzp/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/karlhanson1/status/1204185873484521472?s=20 (Mary’s Dream)
https://twitter.com/the_pagans/status/1204380550078836738?s=20 (The Pagans SOH)
https://twitter.com/the_pagans/status/1204118138075398144?s=20 (The Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/thepagansband/posts/2690265631053917 (The Pagans SOH)

Videos:

Mary’s Dream, all female quartet stole the show even from the Blinders! The young ladies sang several songs, include “Come Together” by The Beatles and it was a great choice for the ocassion! Please be on the look out as they have some serious potential!

 

Show #8 – Norwich 

The show was a sold out!

Norwich event poster

Date: 10.12.2019
Town:  Norwich
Venue: EPIC TV Studios
Address:  112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1JD
Door: 7 PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7
Line Up: The Blinders, Youth Killed It, Eluders, The Revere, Ducking Punches (Solo Set)
Event Page       

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/ELUDERSUK/status/1204571267585773570 (Eluders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204504765633302529/photo/1(Eluders)
https://www.facebook.com/briana.hibbert.73/posts/2474833052774691(The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204558264182149121

Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
I Want Gold
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall


Show #9  – Stoke Upon Trent (happening today)

Stoke Upon Trent event poster

Date: 11.12.2019
Town: Stoke on Trent
Venue:  The Underground
Address:  2 Morley St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4LS
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Psyence, Pacific, Loose Articles, Afghan Sand Gang, Patrick T. Davies and Filth (DJ set)
This show is 18+

Event Page         Tickets

Before the show even started, there was a competition going on!

***Come Together, We Need Each Other***

We strongly encourage everyone to get involved and attend one of the shows above, but there is so much more that one can do – even not moving from one`s sofa. We would like to list few ideas – in case you feel powerless. Because you are not.

– No brainer but register to vote. It takes few minutes and it is the most direct and efficient tool in any elections. Take part. Vote. You have time till midnight on Tuesday 26th November.

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

-Encourage your friends to register. Nothing beats a personal example.

– Give your local party chapter a call – they may need volunteers, canvassers, even people who prepare  letters. A bit of activism goes a long way.

– Share the posters or events for the tour on your socials, stories or chat groups. Inform your friends.

– Print a poster for the tour and put it in your student hall or on a community board (where it is allowed).

– Maybe make leaflets – it`s cheap and very effective.

– Let local press, bloggers or radios know. They are always looking for new stories to tell. Or write an article or blog yourself.

– If you know a venue that could host a gig to raise funds – you don’t even need The Blinders to do your own gig. Team up with few other artists and do it. It is easier than you think. And besides bringing social change it will also give you real skills how to do events. And how to meet new people.  Win -win.

Press release:
https://modernsky.uk/blinders-announce-pro-labour-many-tour-ahead-uk-general-election

Media coverage:
http://indiemidlands.com/the-blinders-coming-to-green-duck-brewery/
https://louderthanwar.com/news-socialist-sunday-all-dayer-at-the-02-ritz-december-1st-2019
https://ryanwrites99.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/the-blinders-and-friends-present-for-the-many-stourbridge
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/11/the-blinders-cabbage-the-rhythm-method-and-more-join-forces-for-socialist-sunday
https://www.manchestertheatres.com/event/socialistsunday-manchester-for-a-labour-government-with-the-blinders
https://newsoundsmag.co.uk/2019/11/25/the-blinders-announce-pro-labour-for-the-many-tour-ahead-of-uk-general-election
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/doncaster-rock-band-blinders-announce-uk-tour-support-labour-party-1321546
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/charlie-mcgough-bass-player-blinders
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/why-im-voting-labour-daniel-connolly-musician-sisteray
https://www.skiddle.com/news/all/The-Blinders-set-off-on-politically-charged-For-the-Many-tour/54623
https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/music/2019/11/30/stourbridges-the-novus-join-the-blinders-in-hometown-for-gig-to-support-labour
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/citylife-seven-days-manchester-events-17312341
http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/peak-blinders/
https://www.rhonddacynontaff.com/2019/12/the-blinders-2/
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18081899.labour-backing-band-performing-newport-tonight/

Interviews:
https://wordsformusic.blog/2019/12/08/the-blinders-for-the-many-interview/

Gig Reviews:
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/12/socialist-sunday-blinders-cabbage.html (Manchester)
https://www.thezineuk.co.uk/2019/12/forthemany/ (London)
https://www.rgm.press/the-blinders-the-novus-flares-jess-silk-ian-passey-for-the-many-not-the-few​-stourbridge-6-12-19/ (Stourbridge)


Tour Updates:

The band is not only playing nine shows across November/December but also canvassing on behalf of Labour. Just one of the images we have seen:

Support your scene and your local Labour chapter!
Mal/Rita

 

Indieterria Review – The Blinders at Thekla in Bristol

Event poster at Thekla

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

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

The venue from the outside

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

Johnny Dream poster exhibited at the lower bar

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

The view of lower deck as seen from the upper bar

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

The Lower Bar

The door to the green room

Stage times

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

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

White Room in action

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

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

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

After all, they’ve got the divine right.

The merch stand

Merch stand

Setlist:

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

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

The Upper Balcony at Thekla right before The Blinders gig

Audience patiently waiting for the Columbia transmission

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

Photo gallery: Gum Soul


Photo gallery: White Room (soundcheck)


Photo gallery: White Room (performance)

 


Photo gallery: The Blinders

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

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

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

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

Mal+Rita

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!

New Live Album:
On 27th of July 2019, The Blinders announced that they will release a double live album recorded during their  show at O2 Ritz in Manchester on 27th of April. The album will contain an entire content of  “Columbia” and unreleased material.

The announcement read: “We are pleased to announce that to mark the year anniversary of the release of our debut album, we will be releasing a double live album featuring the full set from our sold out show at the O2 Ritz on the 27th April. Featuring Columbia in its entirety alongside new unreleased material plus more. Exclusively pressed on to 12” vinyl. Available to pre-order on Monday (29th of July) at 10am”.

As usual, the pre-orders sold out in record time.
More information about the live album are available at:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/indieterria-presents-the-blinders-live-at-the-ritz/

https://www.facebook.com/flyingvinylmusic/photos/a.807612372678977/2303538459753020/?type=3&theater
https://www.blood-records.co.uk/current-release/

New single:
On March 23rd, The Blinders released a new single “Rat In a Cage”. This song has always been a fan-favourite, but the band had no plan to release it until their trip to SXSW. After performing the song on BBC6 Showcase at British Music Embassy for Steve Lamacq, the trio was bombarded with requests for an official release. The single will be the last one from their debut album “Columbia” and the fourth after “Gotta Get Through”, “L’Etat C’Est Moi” and “Brave New World”.
The song was also chosen as it offers a glimmer of hope even in the darkest of places  and “in the most desperate of times”.

The song was released as a double side 7″ single in late April 2019 through Flying Vinyl. It had two tracks: “Rat In a Cage” (Side A) and “Nuclear Love” (Side B).

Rat In a Cage as a 7″ vinyl

The single came as a part of Flying Vinyl “The Revolution Will Not Be Digital” box through its Collectors Club feature. This box was the 50th in line and contained doubles from The Blinders, WhenYoung (“Never Let Go” and “Future”), Lazy Day (“Tell Me” and “Weird Cool”), Hotel Lux (“English Disease” and “Charades”) and Tusks (“Be Mine” and “Peachy Kin”). There was also a small booklet attached with information about the company and each band. The box has now sold out and is no longer available for purchase.

A limited print of additional 80 copies of the single has also been released on 31st of May 2019 through The Blinders’ official store. The single was exactly the same as the one one released through Flying Vinyl. It has sold out on the same day! Hold onto your copies kids, it is already a collectible item!

The single was available through The Blinders official store

So many rats and not enough cages…Reprint anybody?

The official release statement said: “‘Rat In a Cage’ is a song about hope & resistance. It is routed in the belief that collaboration and communication are fundamental to enacting change and pressing back against that which restricts our freedoms”.

Fun fact:
The artwork used on the cover features a photograph taken by Rob Fay (Arathrael Photography), an award winning photojournalist whose pictures were printed all over the world and in almost every mainstream newspaper. He is represented by Getty Images. The rat you can see on the cover is named Percy. He was named after the character from Harry Potter and belongs to the photographer. He is white and brown and yawns in the picture 🙂
You can see him in person here: https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/yawning-fancy-rat-royalty-free-image/132036136?adppopup=true

Mixology:
Mixology is the newest idea from the band to promote the emerging artists on the UK scene. At the beginning of their career, The Blinders received huge amount of backing from local press, DJ’s and fellow musicians. Not everyone is that lucky and the trio wants to share some of their good fortunes. Mixology will help the band chose the tracks that have the best chances of pushing young bands’ careers forward. The Blinders will add the songs to their official Spotify playlist, where it will be available to all users. And if we take into account that they have more than 100.000 monthly listeners and are featured on prominent curated lists, that’s a lot of opportunities and streams for young artists!

Mixology by The Blinders

The list is updated every few weeks and you can see it here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5tub8a4gNtNc3TX2WmdSN0?si=dOZT0MC4SXSzKe1qrVV-KA

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!

There is also a brand new merch prepared for the Spring tour that will be exclusively available at the venues. You can see the band members and technical crew playing the fashionistas and having their haute couture portfolio pictures taken:

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

Winter collection once available in the official store

Another update of the stock!

And even more goodies

New update for the spring and summer 2019!

The Red Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The Red Blinder is not longer available from the shop

The Red Blinder

The Black Ringer Wave Logo Shirt- AKA The Black Blinder is available from the shop at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40664

The Black Blinder

The White Ringer Wave Logo Shirt – AKA The White Blinder is not longer available from the shop

The White Blinder

The Red Logo shirt – AKA The Columbia Blinder is still available from the shop at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40665

The Columbia Blinder

The Johnny Dream shirt is not longer available from the shop

The Johnny Dream shirt

The Black Wave Logo Jumper is not longer available from the shop

Black Wave Logo Jumper

The Red Barbed Wire Grey T-Shirt – AKA The Wire Blinder is not longer available from the shop

The Wire Blinder

Newest additions to the shop include: the infamous lighters, patches and posters. You can buy them at their official merch stand this summer.

The Spring/Summer collection includes:

 

The Grey Sub T-Shirt – AKA The Summarine Blinder shirt is available from the shop at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46099

Black Logo Jumper – AKA The Black Jumper is available from the shop at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46098

Snake Long Sleeve T-Shirt – AKA The Snake Blinder is available from the shop at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46088

Black Power T shirt

Black Power T-shirt – AKA Power Plant Blinder is available from the shop at https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46101

Tote Bag

Tote Bag  – AKA Three Snakes Bag is available from the shop at: https://theblinders.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=40666

Columbia poster

Columbia Poster – AKA The Picky Columbia in A2 size can be ordered at: https://theblindersofficial.com/webstore/weszqfpot3c2w2fxi5jlukqn3b1guq

Birmingham – Submit poster

Birmingham O2 Institute Poster – AKA Submit in A2 size can be ordered at: https://theblindersofficial.com/webstore/birmingham-a2-poster

Glasgow  – Cease and Desist poster

Glasgow Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox​ Poster  – AKA Cease and Desist in A2 size can be ordered at: https://theblindersofficial.com/webstore/glasgow-a2-poster

London – You Are Being Observed poster

London Scala Poster – AKA You Are Being Observed in A2 size can be ordered at: https://theblindersofficial.com/webstore/london-a2-poster

Manchester – Stay in Line poster

Manchester Ritz Poster – AKA Stay In Line in A2 size can be ordered at: https://theblindersofficial.com/webstore/manchester-a2-poster

Safe Gigs for Women:
If you have read our reviews from the Columbia tour in November/December, you probably noticed that several shows have been disrupted by rough concert attendees. Several teenage fans and female gig goers reported negative experience to the management and the band took it extremely serious. To prevent any accidents from happening again, The Blinders teamed with Safe Gigs for Women for their UK tour. The charity is renowned for its excellent gig safety policy and will advise all how to take care of each others.

You can follow SGFW at their socials:
Official website: https://sgfw.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/safegigsforwomen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/safegigs4women

Please support this amazing initiative!

 

Newsletter:
The Blinders have a very active newsletter that is informing fans about everything that is happening in their camp. The newsletter comes out quite often (usually if there is something new worth reporting) and you can subscribe to it by clicking on the link below:

https://us17.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=3b6499050c5a99dfa9d83f2e3&id=c9af776f56&fbclid=IwAR1f4ZC_-GoR8nP8lYfMx7oD_aoIqbihPmMHEeKAfnulSjMBF2PahRIXhVU

 

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)
https://nbhdweekender.com/2019/03/the-blinders-release-short-film-on-rat-in-a-cage/ (New Single “Rat In a Cage”)
http://www.whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk/event/072529-sj-presents:-the-blinders (La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Sailor Jerry Presents)
http://nevolume.co.uk/music/interviews/the-blinders-hit-the-north-newcastle/ (Hit The North Festival)
https://littleindieblogs.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-blinders-another-sky-talk-show.html (Dials Festival, Portsmouth)
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/the-blinders-announced-as-headliners-in-first-wave-of-acts-for-southsea-s-dials-festival-1-8915130 (Dials Festival, Portsmouth)
https://herzmukke.de/konzerte/the-blinders-09-05-cassiopeia-berlin/ (Cassiopeia, Berlin)
https://herzmukke.de/news/uk-newcomer-konzertguide/ (Cassiopeia, Berlin)
http://www.undertheradarmag.com/news/festival_preview_bearded_theorys_spring_gathering_2019 (Bearded Theory Spring Gathering, Derbyshire)
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/music/gunnersville-gunnersbury-park-lineup-tickets-dates-a4144216.html (Gunnersville, Gunnersbury London)
https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/17644151.revealed-full-neighbourhood-weekender-stage-times/ (Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington)
https://www.festicket.com/magazine/news/super-bock-super-rock-finalise-2019-lineup/ (Super Bock Super Rock Festival, Spain)
https://www.radiox.co.uk/artists/miles-kane/headline-neighbourhood-festival-2019/ (Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester)
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/manchesters-neighbourhood-festival-announces-2019-16406617 (Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester)
https://counteract.co/festivals/shimmer-sounds-birmingham/ (Shimmer Sounds Festival, Birmingham)
https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/music/2019/06/20/new-music-event-coming-to-birmingham/ (Shimmer Sounds Festival, Birmingham)
https://infosurhoy.com/news-summary/1989-revisited-when-rave-met-revolution/ (general, The Blinders mentioned)
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/17720255.more-headliners-announced-for-bingley-weekender/ (Bingley Weekender, Bradford and Bingley)
https://littleindieblogs.blogspot.com/2019/06/mystery-jets-futureheads-blinders-jaws.html (2Q Festival, Lincoln)
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/blossoms-stockport-edgeley-park-stadium-16446427 (Edgeley Stadium, Stockport)
https://www.radiox.co.uk/artists/blossoms/stockport-edgeley-park-stage-times-line-up-support  (Edgeley Stadium, Stockport)
https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/people/doncaster-band-the-blinders-set-to-play-glastonbury-alongside-kt-tunstall-and-billy-bragg-342369 (Glastonbury Festival)

The Blinders received a huge mentioned in the biggest music business magazine, Music Week! This is a real bible for every industry person and very prestigious magazine. We couldn’t be happier! The article also shined a light on the band’s label, Modern Sky UK.

Article inside the Music Week!

You can read the article online as well at: https://www.musicweek.com/labels/read/we-re-from-the-north-inside-modern-sky-uk-s-indie-revolution/076143

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
https://www.discoverymusicscotland.com/blog/interview-the-blinders

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

Interview with Jenny Ryan of Capitol Sound DC (28th of March 2019)
https://capitolsounddc.com/capitol-sound/2019/best-of-sxsw-meet-the-blinders

Interview with Vintage Society (5th of April 2019)

Interview with John Robb (The John Robb Tapes, 13th of April 2019)

Artwork by Steve Krakow aka Plastic Crimewave
http://www.plasticcrimewave.com/

You can listen to the interview at: http://player.lush.com/channels/gorilla/radio/john-robb-tapes-blinders

Interview with Little Dose of Indie (17th of April)
https://littledoseofindie.com/2019/04/17/in-discussion-with-the-blinders/

Interview with Even The Stars (15th of April)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/04/the-blinders-interview.html

Interview with Cub Magazine (15th of April)
http://cubmagazine.co.uk/2019/04/exclusive-interview-with-the-blinders/

Interview with CounterAct (17th of April)
https://counteract.co/interview/the-blinders/

Interview with Christina Angrabeit (Angrabyte Blog, German, 21st of April 2019)
https://angrabytejournalism.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/the-blinders-interview/

Interview with Brum Live (21st of April)
http://www.brumlive.com/blinders-interview-april-2019/

Interview with Northern Alive (22nd of April)
https://northernalive.com/2019/04/22/the-blinders-interview

Interview with Popped Music (23rd of April)
https://poppedmusic.co.uk/2019/04/23/interview-the-blinders

Interview with Words for Music (23rd of April)
https://wordsformusic.blog/2019/04/23/on-the-phone-with-the-blinders-interview/

Interview with Music Groupie (24th of April)
http://www.musicgroupie.uk/2019/04/a-chat-with-blinders-ahead-of-their.html

Interview with Reyt Good Magazine (24th of April)

Interview with Shell Zenner (ShowStream TV) and podcast (25th of April)

The Podcast with Shell is quite long and lasts about 22 minutes. You can listen to it on ShowStream Website at:
https://www.show-stream.tv/shows/live-gig-guide-episode-2/2019-04-25

Interview with Gigs in Scotland (Q&A Session 25th of April):
https://www.gigsinscotland.com/news/article/qa-the-blinders

Interview with Live4Ever (16th of May)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/05/the-pressure-to-be-the-voice-of-the-people-the-blinders-with-live4ever-at-sxsw-2019

Interview with Messed!Up Magazine (6th of June 2019)
http://www.messedmag.com/2019/06/06/orwellian-indie-rock-from-unceasingly-touring-the-blinders-interview/


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)
https://capitolsounddc.com/capitol-sound/2019/best-of-sxsw-meet-the-blinders (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
http://www.chunkyglasses.com/content/sxsw-music-2019-recap-austin-tx-3/10/2019-3/16/2019 (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
https://poppedmusic.co.uk/2019/04/09/festival-review-sxsw-2019/ (SXSW, Austin Texas, USA)
https://counteract.co/music/reviews/live/review-the-blinders-o2-institute/ (O2 Institute, Birmingham)
http://www.gigjunkies.com/band-reviews/the-blinders-the-ninth-wave-at-o2-institute-birmingham-uk-26th-april-2019/ (O2 Institute, Birmingham)
http://www.brumlive.com/blinders-o2-institute-26-april-2019/ (O2 Institute, Birmingham)
https://wordsformusic.blog/2019/05/01/the-blinders-o2-academy-institute-birmingham-260419 (O2 Institute, Birmingham)
http://www.tenementtv.com/reviews/blinders-glasgow-review/ (St Luke’s, Glasgow)
https://www.rgm.press/2019/04/28/the-blinders-live-review-02-ritz-manchester/ (O2 Ritz, Manchester)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/04/the-blinders-ninth-wave-working-mens.html (O2 Ritz, Manchester)
https://indieunderground.blog/2019/05/01/obliterating-scala-to-pieces-the-blinders-kid-kapichi-live (Scala, London)
https://www.rgm.press/2019/05/17/live-international-review-the-blinders-cassiopeia-berlin/ (Cassiopeia, Berlin)
https://www.ukfestivalguides.com/reviews/hit-the-north-2019/ (Hit The North Festival, Newcastle)
https://startspinning.home.blog/2019/05/13/live-review-the-blinders-the-o2-ritz/ (Ritz, Manchester)
https://indiecentralmusic.com/the-blinders-are-back-with-rat-in-a-cage/ (single review)
http://link2wales.co.uk/2019/crudblog/festival-review-bearded-theory-2019-catton-park-derbyshire (Bearded Theory Spring Gathering, Derbyshire)
https://www.gigwise.com/features/3320845/neighbourhood-weekender-indies-established-vs-emerging (Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington)
http://www.sonicabuse.com/2019/06/bearded-theory-2019-review/ (Bearded Theory Spring Gathering Festival, Derbyshire)
http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/bearded_theorys_spring_gathering_2019 (Bearded Theory Spring Gathering Festival, Derbyshire)
http://tapthefeed.com/live/camden-rocks-festival-review-photoset (Camden Rocks Festival, London)
https://www.nationalrockreview.com/concert-reviews/camden-rocks-festival-2019-festival-roundup (Camden Rocks Festival, London)
https://www.gigsoupmusic.com/reviews/festival-review/camden-rocks-2019-rocks-at-the-locks-of-camden/ (Camden Rocks Festival, London)
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/06/cabbage-afghan-sand-gang-thomas-haywood.html (Liam Smith Fundraiser, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester)
https://debslcannon73.wixsite.com/dreaminisfree/post/blossoms-et-al-edgley-park-saturday-22nd-june-2019 (The Blossoms at Edgley Park, Stourport)
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2019/06/blossoms-the-blinders-and-more-live-at-edgeley-park-stockport (The Blossoms at Edgley Park, Stourport)
https://www.garymatherphotography.com/blossoms-edgeley-park-stockport (photo review) (The Blossoms at Edgley Park, Stourport)

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.
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuHCpklTO5/
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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/