The Blinders are a three-piece contemporary punk band from Doncaster. Describing themselves as ‘Punkedlic’ they shot onto the Manchester music scene in 2016. They have been making waves around the country ever since. Fronted by Thomas Heywood, drums: Matty Neale, Bass: Charlie McGough. They signed to Modern Sky in 2018 bringing out their debut album Columbia in the autumn of that year. The Blinders show just how powerful a power three-piece can be with frontman Thomas daubing his face in black make-up to become his alter-ego Johnny Dream. What we said: “Every once in a while something comes along that is so good, so fresh and so vibrant it completely redefines the concept of what sounds ‘normal’. The goalposts dramatically shift and from then on the bulk of what’s gone before suddenly feels boring and passé…” – Louder Than War (March 2016)
What better way to dump 2016 than to spend New years Eve hanging out with the future.
The Blinders quite literally explode onto the stage of Manchester's newest venue with the combustable confidence of a young band who know how good they are. This is not arrogance. This is just knowing. I'm not the only one who is buzzing on the rush of their glorious high decibel brilliance - a couple of members of Cabbage are DJing tonight and yelling down my ear about The Blinders being he best young and in the UK and they are right.
Sensational, thrilling electric debut from best young band out there...Their debut single literally explodes with the frustration and the rage and passion of youth but is also thrillingly innventive and perfectly captured by producer Gavin Monaghan.
Every now and then something comes along that restores the faith.
The Blinders are playing about their fourth gig and they are so self assured and so ready that it's impossible to think of them being unknowns for more than a few more weeks.
Tense, terse and thrilling but also poetic and political, Manchester based Doncaster born, The Blinders are perhaps the most exciting young band in the country who somehow manage to combine all the best bits of punk rock, tripped out rushes, fifties twang and a very audible poetic anger that sees them sound like the band that would fit perfectly onto a very British 21st century festival made up of Fat White Family, Arctic Monkeys, Sleaford Mods, Slaves and Cabbage - they are very much the last piece of this new British jigsaw of bands that matter.