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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lZtFWJFPB/https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lO_nxFtgM/https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPiIun_ag/

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

 

Indieteria presents The Columbia Exhibition

Dear Readers,

This is the end, sang Jim Morrison, on one of the most popular songs by The Doors and it does look like an end of an era. Not a definitive end of course, nobody is calling it quits and the band is not breaking up, yet we cannot help but feel a certain sense of  profound loss.

In August, The Blinders announced two acoustic shows to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of “Columbia” – their critically acclaimed debut album. The shows were accompanied by a double vinyl live album recorded during their tour in April. “Live At The Ritz” was the band’s gift to the loyal fans and the last stop on their journey before the dystopian gates of Columbia were to be shut tight for the last time.

Originally, the concerts were supposed to take place on 21st of September but due to Thomas Haywood’s illness, they were moved to 2nd of November. Both events of course sold out straight away and fans had to wait patiently for the big day to arrive. A minor inconvenience but the wait was definitely worth it in the end. As they say, good things happen to those who are counting down the days on their calendars.

We arrived at 33 Oldham Street exactly at 13:00 fearing that we have missed some of the show, but luckily the doors opened half an hour  later. We had the time to have something to eat, prepare and charge our recording equipment (aka the faithful mobile phones) and take a small Polaroid session for future PR purposes. Believe us, in the busy lives of the A&R’s, half an hour means forever! At 13:30 sharp, we were allowed into the main performance room and the Q&A session commenced.

David Nolan, an accomplished music journalist and published author started the show by giving the audience his business cards, asking them to text him the questions for the band. The best ones were chosen and the trio was asked to answer them which proved to be a really great move. While asking the question, David looked for the author among the public and it helped the session to have a more intimate feel. The band also seemed pleased that they could interact with the audience. This led to several funny moments where we found out about cringe worthy situations from the early gigs or allowed Matty or Charlie to express their opinions on certain topics such as politics or being in a popular rock group. David also made everybody laugh when he realized there were no chairs for the band to sit on and the group had to stand up (“welcome to the 1970’s!”), except for Matty who sat comfortably on this drum set much to the playful irritation of Charlie and Thomas. What we liked about Mr Nolan the most was the fact that he didn’t sugar coated anything and was not afraid to speak his mind (“your Twitter feed is boring”). He held the lads up to the task and wouldn’t let them skip answering difficult questions, if they weren’t cooperating, he dragged the answers out them! He was a fair and square host, not hired to sing praises but to present the boys as they truly are. And brownie points to the band themselves as they truthfully answered everything. Not everyone would allow to be grilled like this, majority of the bands would probably used this session as a PR stunt, but the Blinders were very honest and real.

Thomas as the front man, spoke the most, explaining the recording process of the first album, telling stories from the road and histories hidden behind his favourite pictures taken by Sam Crowston. The Q&A session lasted for over an hour and afterwards, the band posed for pictures and signed posters and records.

The performance came next and it was a revelation to those who haven’t seen the band in an acoustic setting before. We have seen The Blinders playing at the Night at the Museum in Blackburn so we were prepare for what was coming but it was still a great experience. Thomas’s keyboard skills improved greatly since the summer and he was now comfortably jamming between songs. The Blinders played 9 songs in total, two brand new ones (“I Want Gold” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes”), one from Thomas’ solo repertoire (“Circle Song”) and the rest was composed from the songs  included on “Columbia”.

Matinee event
Date: 2nd of November
Time: 13:30-16:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:

L’Etat C’Est Moi
Ballad Of Winston Smith
Where No Man Comes
I Want Gold
ICB Blues
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Circle Song
Brave New World

Pictures:

 

Videos:

Q&A Session: 

 

Evening event:

We sadly could only attend the afternoon performance, but the main evening event wasn’t much different from the matinee one. The set list was a bit different (“Ramona Flowers” and “Rat In A Cage” were added) but the Q&A session was again conducted by David Nolan. If you’d like to listen to the entire performance, you are in luck as it was recorded and it is available on Youtube. All the links are attached below.

Date: 2nd of November
Time: 19:00-22:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:
ICB Blues
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Brave New World
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage
Ramona Flowers
Circle Song
I Want Gold

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhN1qup-etI (full show and Q&A)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxpMoToJZWE (Q&A session)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEX_2QhA0Nc (Orbit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cULZZQfT2g (ICB Blues, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVA_s1zR7UM (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwk2Bo7mE8 (Rat In A Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsOotB1ucyY (Ramona Flowers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDLpP8NnOc (Circle Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCnaj8zffMw (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pr9-OUPr6Y (I Want Gold)

 

THE EXHIBITION

After the performance, the guests were free to roam and admire the exhibition that was prepared especially for the ocassion. It was divided into two parts: the photography exhibition taken by Sam Crowston (displayed on the walls), and the costumes, artwork and everything else linked to the band was also presented on the two upper floors of the building.

The Columbia Photo Exhibition was spread on all floors of the 33 Oldham Street. The walls were decorated with over 60 framed pictures – from the main restaurant area on the ground floor, the first floor where the performance and the Q&A session took place, to the top floor sitting area that has been turned into the main exhibition room. Each photograph was given a short description underneath and each floor had their own small story board which explained different periods in the band’s history and shed a bit of a light at the displayed pictures.

The Columbia Era – all pictures by Sam Crowston
https://samcrowstonimaging.com/
https://www.instagram.com/sam_crowston_
https://twitter.com/sam_crowston_
https://www.facebook.com/sam.crowston

You can purchase the prints at:
https://theblindersofficial.com/theexhibition

Time: 2nd – 30th November 2019
Place: 33 Oldham Street, Manchester
Entry: Free

 

The second part of the exhibition was a bit smaller but also impressive. We could see the famed blue boilersuit costumes and pig masks that appeared in the “Swine” video, old promotional posters (All Seeying Eye, You Are Being Observed, Know Your Place, We Are In This Together) created for the first stage of Columbia promo tour and used in the “L’Etat C’Est Moi”short film. There was a short propaganda video displayed on the wall, covers of all four singles released from the debut album (“Gotta Get Through”, “Brave New World”, “Rat In A Cage” and “L’Etat C’Est Moi”) and artworks made out of broken vinyl created by West Midlands based artist, Kirk Whitehouse.

An old type writer took the central stage with the bands lyrics scattered around it and some of the lyrics sheet were also displayed in different parts of the room. To find them all, you had to criss-cross the exhibition several times but it was worth doing.

Outside, two red Columbia flags were battered by the winter winds and rain…

The acoustic shows and the live record (“Live at the Ritz”) closed the first chapter in the band’s history. The second album is now recorded, mixed and will be released sometime next year.

Nobody knows what the future holds for the Doncaster trio. Some shows are already booked for 2020 and the band has no intention for slowing down so we can expect bigger and better things to happen. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Please stick with the band to see what’s going to happen next. The ride is going to be  exciting  and it’s worth looking forward to it.

See you soon,
Rita and Malicia

Indieterria meets The Cosmics

Dear Readers,

The Cosmics has been shaping West Midlands music scene for three years now. They announced their arrival on the local scene with a punkadelic anthem “Johnny” and do not show any signs of slowing down. It does not happen often that so early in their career a band will achieve best of both worlds – cult status in their home town and respect of their musical peers.Ask anyone in West Midlands and they will tell you – The Cosmics are unlike any other band. Not only in sound but how quickly they progress from one stage to another, like they have found a secret formula to make it in the music business. We can only think of one other act in the last four years with such distinctiveness, influence and uniqueness – The Blinders.

This blog will be longer than others – that is because we wanted to do a proper introduction to the band. We interviewed them, we went to see them on their first European tour and gathered some press coverage of their debut EP.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the indie circuit – please meet a trio that will define the future of music in the UK – The Cosmics.

**** The interview ****

Before the band travelled abroad to play shows in The Netherlands, Belgium and France, we have sat down with bassist and vocalist Erin Grace to talk about the band`s Glastonbury appearance, their EP and working on exclusive pressings of their singles via Flying Vinyl. This is what Erin told us:

The Cosmics photographed by Psychedelic Eye
https://www.facebook.com/psychedelic.eye.photography

Many bands claim that they are as close as relatives. You don’t have to – you are one very talented family.  Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.

Erin Grace:  Thank you! We are Erin Grace (bass/vocals), Connor Boyle (guitar) and Danny Boyle (drums).

The Cosmics formed in 2015 and within one year gathered incredible support. In 2017 BBC Introducing invited you to play their stage at the biggest festival of all – Glastonbury. Tell us how do you remember that show?

Erin Grace:  Glastonbury was an unforgettable dream come true, it felt very surreal, being on stage, there was huge  feelings of excitement, it’s something we always dreamt of but never thought would happen when we first started the band.

Since Glasto you have been going from strength to strength – the list of your achievements is longer than  life span of many indie acts: rave reviews from Steve Lamacq and Hugh Stephens, radio play on BBC 1, BBC 6, Amazing Radio, Radio X, coverage from BBC Introducing West Midlands. You played Isle of Wight and Reading Festival.  Your ascent to veterans of indie circuit was swift. Do you feel overwhelmed by your own success?

Erin Grace:  We don’t feel overwhelmed by anything, we just appreciate every opportunity we’ve had and we’re grateful for this journey as a band.

You shared stages with Starcrawler, Surfbort, The Murder Capital, Goat Girl and Birmingham finest -Table Scraps. Its equivalent of playing in Premier League of Indie Circuit. Do you book your own shows or do you prefer to use agents or external promoters?

Erin Grace: It depends what kind of show we’re going for, we love DIY shows and we also use promoters that suit us. Sometimes we book our own shows, though if we’re supporting a band or playing outside of Birmingham, we use promoters.

We have to ask you about your unique stage dress code: vintage dresses or costumes inspired by 60s and 70s have become your trademark. You have also been included in Fred Perry Subculture series.  How important is stage attire to you and was this aspect of your shows something that you wanted to explore?

Erin Grace:  Outfits are relatively important, they can express a mood or an era, we all love vintage fashion too so it just feels natural to wear what we love.

Your debut single “Johnny” came out in 2017 on Flying Vinyl – a company specializing in limited releases on vinyl. You returned to working with them last year when you took part in Flying Vinyl`s first compilation “Paranoid Futures”.  We would love to hear how your collaboration began?

Erin Grace:  Flying Vinyl approached us a few years ago when “Johnny” first came put and ever since, we love what they do!

The Cosmics ready for action – photography by Jessica H_Ingram
https://www.facebook.com/jessicahingramphotography

You just released your debut EP. It was recorded by Rory Attwell (Palma Violets, The Vaccines) and produced by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin (Sundara Karma, The Orb, Blur, Oasis). You got to work with some established names. Where was it recorded and how long it took for the EP to be finished?

Erin Grace:  The EP was released on 13th June and we recorded it all in London, we went to record on few separate occasions over the course of a year so each song was written at a different time.

You also launched the EP in London. How did that go?

Erin Grace:  The EP launch went better than we expected, it was great having our friends on the line up. The show was a lot of fun and The Old Blue Last is a great venue.

The record is promoted by single “Eyes” and a very curious video. Cyclops on skateboards. Please tell us where did you film the video. Some part of it look like Digbeth. Who directed it?

Erin Grace:  We filmed everything for the “Eyes” music video in Birmingham, some bits in the city centre and others in suburban areas. Our drummer Danny directed it and filmed the video.

Before “Eyes”, you released “Trust Is Blind”.  We really want to know the story behind this song. In the video you look like a character from Lynch movie – you smile to the camera and yet the viewer has a feeling that any given moment you will break into tears. Then in a blink, you charge on stage where you tear down the decorations in a  fury that would suit Courtney Love at the heights of her Hole days. Like to keep your viewers on their toes?

Erin Grace:  “Trust is Blind” surrounds themes of betrayal and dishonesty, it’s about trust being broken. Yeah, we wanted to add twist into this track, we enjoy experimenting with noise.

We are hearing that the EP has been selling well and you got played on legendary American radio KEXP. So where do The Cosmic go from here? Any plans for the future?

Erin Grace:  We plan to keep gigging in cities and countries we’ve never played before and we’ll continue to make new music!

You can follow the band on their socials:

https://www.facebook.com/thecosmicsband
https://twitter.com/thecosmicsband
https://www.instagram.com/thecosmicsuk/
https://thecosmicsuk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx3KjGaX2RJvXI5e7nljvGA
https://soundcloud.com/user-838453312
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0aocL5HcJzJlZJtAZH6caL?si=OYgzbMbGTZ-TwFXsFRmQ7Q

 

 **** The EP ****

The Cosmics presenting cover and the vinyl of their debut EP

The self titled debut EP has gathered rave reviews across the industry. These are just some of the reactions that we have gathered for the purpose of this blog. There are many more out there ranging from big established brands (The Clash Magazine) to local newspapers and blogs (Birmingham Review, Independent Music News), radio stations (Brum Radio, BBC West Midlands, BBC Introducing). The EP received airplay from Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), X Radio, Amazing Radio, KEXP in US among others. No management, no booker, no label or radio plugger. Just the strength of their music.

Front cover of the EP and A side of the vinyl pressing.

The Clash Magazine:
“New cut “Eyes” is a short, sharp shock, driven by that urgent vocal and those taut guitar lines. The sound of The Cosmics thrashing away in the unholy night, it carries some uncanny reverberations. Tune in now.”
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/the-cosmics-rev-it-up-on-eyes

Circuit Sweet:
“Lead single “Eyes”, taken from the self-titled record,  perfectly encapsulates the kind of 60’s beat that The Cosmics perform with such perfect refrain before collapsing almost entirely into a much more modern take on the garage-fuzz sound. Addictively catchy, the band walk the line between surf and noise effortlessly while showcasing a raw talent for song writing”.
https://circuitsweet.co.uk/2019/04/brand-new-garage-fuzz-from-birminghams-the-cosmics-debut-ep-announced-for-june/

The vinyl pressing of the EP

The 405:
“On this release they’ve perfectly captures the debauchery of their live performances”
https://www.thefourohfive.com/music/article/the-cosmics-capture-the-youthful-grit-and-glamour-of-their-sound-in-the-video-for-eyes-405-premiere-155

Backseat Mafia:
“The thing about The Cosmics is they’ve mastered sounding like they’re from the 60s girl band sound, strained through a messy, edgy garage punk filter. That’s because they have the melodies at heart that could have made it onto a classic soul all-nighter, but instead of organ and bass, they’ve got this frayed guitar sound that leaks feedback and lashes itself to the track. Brilliant stuff.”
http://www.backseatmafia.com/track-the-cosmics-drained/

Travellers Tunes:
“The immediacy of the record is undeniable. Singer Erin Grace co-opts a Shangri-La’s vocal for the verse before effortlessly sliding into a furious punk rock delivery in the chorus.”
https://travellerstunes.com/review/thecosmics-drained

Back cover of the EP and B side of the vinyl pressing.

**** The Tour ****

Before going abroad, The Cosmics played dates in Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Manchester.  As we had to go to continental Europe for a bit ourselves, we have decided to catch up with the band on the road and bring you an exclusive coverage of their gigs though videos and photos. This is what we have found and you can judge for yourselves that The Cosmics had a lot of fun! Tours can be great!

Tour poster

On 20th of June, The Cosmics travelled to Ghent in Belgium to participate in Girls Go Boom, a one day festival organised at a popular Muziekcentrum KinkyStar. Located in the historical (and tourist) city centre of Ghent, the venue has a capacity of 80 people and is known for supporting independent and emerging acts, not only local to Belgium but also from all over the world. In the last two years, nearly 100 bands from Europe, Canada, USA and Australia played at the Kinky Star and majority of their shows are sold out. Manchester darlings, WITCH FEVER (whom we have seen recently at the Albert Square during Manchester International Festival alongside The Pagans SOH and The Blinders) performed for Girls Go Boom in October 2018 and completely blew the audience away. We had a pleasure to speak to one of the organisers of the festival and we were told that the team are big fans of indie/post punk music from the UK. The Cosmics were chosen as their songs caught the team’s eye (and the ear as well) while browsing the newest releases on BandCamp. It is worth adding that Girls Go Boom book only female fronted and fully female bands (including LGBTQ+ artists who identify as females). They are the only promoter in Belgium who does it and their shows comes with a set of quite obvious rules. They include no homophobia, no racism and no sexism, girls in the front, safe space for sexual and racial minorities and no patriarchal bullshit. Everyone is cordially invited  – men, women, non binary or gender fluid persons. Their motto is “It doesn’t matter who you are, you will always be among friends”. We can only applaud their initiative as it was one of the nicest, safest shows we have seen in a long time. The venue was packed to the last place, everybody danced (and pogo’ed), drank beer, sang and had a lovely time. And there was no pushing, no shouting, no aggression, the photographers could work uninterrupted without fear of having their equipment destroyed. Every gig goer received a complimentary badge at the door and the entry was free. We need something similar in the UK as some of the gigs we go to are a parade for bullies and football hooligans. Organisations such as Safe Gigs For Women are doing a splendid job but there is a long road ahead of us.

The Cosmics performed alongside Piss KittiVaginas, what else?, Dragon’s Daughters, DJ’s MOSHI MOSHI and Melissa Juice. Their show started exactly at 22:00 CET (21:00 UK time) and lasted about 40 minutes. The band played their recent singles “Trust Is Blind” and “Eyes” along with fan favourites: “Cundy Come Down” and “Brainfuzz” taken off their self titled debut EP. “Velma”, “Johnny”, “I Quit” and “Inishfree” filled the rest of the set.

It was wild and energetic ride, filled with solid dose of sound distortion and vibrations. Lead singer, Erin Grace, is known for her expressive performance and we could see her falling to her knees, bashing the strings of her bass like her life depended on it and move as in a trance. Twin brothers, Conor (guitar) and Danny Boyle (drums) were closely following Erin’s trail with thunderous beat and aggressive riffs. And the crowd loved every minute of the spectacle, responding with admiration to each song. At the end, the Birmingham based trio received a standing ovation and many cheers for the show. Judging by the reactions, The Cosmics have bright future in front of them. If you haven’t seen them yet, please do as they are on rise and soon they will be playing big stages instead of intimate venues.

 

You can learn more about Kinky Star at: http://www.kinkystar.com/media.php
and Girls Go Boom Festival at: https://www.girlsgoboom.com/0

The performance was live streamed on Kinky’s Star website and you can watch it at: https://www.facebook.com/MuziekcentrumKinkyStar/videos/487192875376482/

Two days later, on 21st of July, we met with the band again, this time in Antwerp. They were about to play another EU show at an independent venue called Cafe Cabron. Sadly, we couldn’t stay for the gig itself, but we have taken them for a small photo shoot around the beautiful The Grote Markt of Antwerp. It is so easy to fall in love with The Cosmics. They come as a full package – not only their music is a killer, but they have the looks, the talent and confidence that will take them far.

The show has been organised by Zing Zang Zong and was to start at 9:00 pm.
The Cosmics were to be supported by Belgian duo, De Batteries.
Form what we have heard – it was another success for the band, but that is a standard outcome for the Birmingham trio.

More information about the gig:
https://www.facebook.com/events/858188711217531/
https://www.facebook.com/zzzgarageclub/
https://www.facebook.com/CafeeCabron/

We are hoping to catch the band at another show this tour so watch out this space for additional content and more compliments regarding the band. If you still haven`t noticed West Midlands has the best scene and we are so happy to be part of it.

See ya down the front? You bet!

M/R

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
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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