“Welcome to Columbia. We invite you to open the gates to this new world and indulge in drudgery under absolute autocracy, served to you on a plastic tray. Johnny Dream skulks the streets as the factories fabricate their meat. The powers that be call for his head. Daddy told me it’s us and them.”
Ahead of their sold-out headline shows in London (Borderline) and Manchester (Gorilla) next week, The Blinders have announced details of their forthcoming debut album ‘Columbia’, to be released September 21st on Modern Sky UK and available to pre-order.
Containing the 6Music playlisted new single ‘L’Etat C’Est Moi’ – “a delirious indie stomper with a heart of gold” CLASH – plus previous single ‘Gotta Get Though’, which spent five weeks at No.1 at Amazing Radio, ‘Columbia’ is bracingly thrilling debut which firmly places The Blinders at the vanguard of a new generation of politically engaged British guitar bands. Loosely based around the concept of Columbia as “an alternate world informed by reality”, on the album The Blinders display a ferocious intelligence, as influenced by history, literature and art as they are by Britain’s current political and economic woes.
The Blinders are Thomas Haywood (guitar, vocals, word), Charlie McGough (bass guitar), and Matthew Neale (drums, backing vocals). Growing up in Doncaster, the trio met at school and were originally inspired by local heroes Arctic Monkeys, though for ‘Columbia’, which was produced by Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton, they draw on influences as diverse as The Smiths, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kanye West.
Now based in Manchester, The Blinders have been picking up specialist radio support since their first DIY releases from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and 6Music’s Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq, who recently had the band on his show for a BBC Music Introducing Session.
First written about on Louder Than War and after a series of support tours and 2017 Festival appearances including Reading & Leeds, Isle Of Wight, and TRMSMT, The Blinders undertook their debut headline tour in February. Earlier this month they supported Cabbage (who called them the “best band in the country right now”) at their all-day festival at Manchester’s Ritz, and last weekend they drew a huge crowd at the Neighbourhood Weekender. They will be following next week’s sold-out headline shows in Manchester and London with another busy summer of festivals appearances, further details to be announced shortly.
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THE BLINDERS LIVE
June 6th London – Borderline – Headline Show (SOLD OUT)
June 8th Manchester – Gorilla – Headline Show (SOLD OUT)
July 28th Kendal – Kendal Calling Festival
More shows and festival appearances to be announced.
1. Gotta Get Through
2. L’Etat C’Est Moi
3. Hate Song
4. Where No Man Comes
5. Free The Slaves
6. I Can’t Breathe
7. Ballad Of Winston Smith
8. Et Tu
10. Brave New World
11. Rat In A Cage