L-R; Charlie McGough, Matt Neale, Thomas Haywood.
Spring 2017, Manchester. Image credit: Duncan Stafford.
April 2017 : ‘Ramona Flowers’
Spring/Summer : New Shows, Supports and Festivals announced.
“The Blinders make you feel like you’re witnessing something important. And you probably are.” (Little Indie Blogs)
The Blinders are a Manchester based, force for good from Doncaster. They attempt to be in your face at all times.
The Blinders emit smelting loud and visceral political punk rock with enigmatic, psychedelic poetry and tones. Their diverse, unique combination of raw music creates the ‘Punkadelic’ sound which forces them to give everything they’ve got, in their frenzied performances, leaving only blood-stained instruments behind.
The verging-on-madness thrill of their live shows are shocking audiences out of austerity inflicted apathy, into instant obsession.
“This is the Swine B-side, Ramona Flowers, accompanied by a pseudo-documentation of our recent This Feeling UK tour.” (The Blinders) Hear ‘Ramona Flowers’ on Jim Gellatly‘s Amazing Radio Show, 2-4pm, Sunday 2nd April. http://amazingradio.com/
The Blinders – Live Shows:
01 2Q Festival Derby – The Silk Mill Museum 3.45pm
01 Sheffield Pirate Studios Live Sessions on https://facebook.com/PirateStudiosUK/ (in association with This Feeling), Sheffield with BANG BANG ROMEO and Sheafs
04 Preston Ferret Ones2Watch supporting IDLES
07 Scunthorpe Cafe Indiependent with special guests, The Strawberries
16 B Fest, Bolton raising money for local charities
26 The Witchwood, Ashton, supporting Cabbage SOLD OUT
28 London, Camden Assembly supporting The Shimmer Band
29 Manchester O2 Ritz -supporting The Membranes
04 Glasgow Barrowland (special guests of The View)
05 Aberdeen Garage (special guests of The View)
06 Aberdeen Garage (special guests of The View)
07 Manchester Ruby Lounge (special guests of The View)
08 Manchester Ruby Lounge (special guests of The View)
12 Cardiff Tramshed (special guests of The View)
13 Liverpool Hangar 34 (special guests of The View)
14 Sheffield Foundry (special guests of The View)
16 Carlisle Old Fire Station (special guests of The View)
17 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (special guests of The View)
18 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (special guests of The View)
20 Leeds Brudenell Gold Sounds Festival with Cabbage – approx 5pm
20 Brighton The Great Escape Festival – Jack Daniels Stage, midnight
03 Camden Rocks Festival
29 London Scala – Cabbage, The Blinders, Strange Bones
30 Birmingham 02 Institute – Cabbage, The Blinders, Strange Bones
01 Manchester Ritz – Cabbage, The Blinders, Strange Bones
22 Blackthorn Festival, Cheshire – Headlining Paddock Stage
Kendal Calling Festival, This Feeling Stage, The Lake District (Sold Out)
Hope + Glory Festival, Liverpool
Fuller Band info:
Formed in 2015, The Blinders released the ‘HiddenHorror Dance’ EP in May 2016, grabbed a fan base over the summer with some impressive shows then stepped up with their debut single, ‘Swine’, at the end of October (just after their second London gig, at The Roundhouse, for Venues Day). It was played on BBC Radio 1, and The Blinders haven’t looked back, since.
This year started with sold out Manchester and London ‘This Feeling Big in 2017’ shows, “scores of people left outside, a pair of tickets went for £50” “UK’s hottest new rock band on “the brink of big things.” (Clash Magazine report).
This was followed by their first headline tour, for This Feeling, of small UK venues through February and March. All packed (most sold out in advance). “16 immense shows, powered by heart and soul, have shown this is just the start. A very special band.” (This Feeling)
There was a limited tour 7” vinyl of ‘Swine’ and previously unreleased b-side,‘Ramona Flowers’, which, when played live at the shows, elicited excitement that is reminiscent of that for, ‘FoolsGold’ (infamous Stone Roses b-side). Chris Hawkins played it on his BBC Radio 6 show and notes that The Blinders are “a band about to explode”.
‘Ramona Flowers’ is now to be an April release short film from the tour, as a thanks from the band to fan, created by Sam Crawston, who produced the video for the statement song ‘ICB Blues’ from the ‘Hidden Horror Dance’ EP.
Meanwhile, reputation for this band is viralling. Credible support and festival slots are arriving at a highly encouraging rate and the feedback for their hard work and down to earth passion, is well deserved.
“One of the most exciting young bands right now, in the country” (Louder Than War)
“Ferocious live shows and sharp, to the point political statements. . . . “the voice of youth: angry, passionate, telling it how they see it. A breath of fresh air.” (GigSlutz)
“Best band in the country right now. You’d be a fool to ignore them.” (CABBAGE)
“one of the most exciting bands we’ve seen in years” (Music News)
“Their showmanship is second to none and their word is their passion.” (GigSoup)
“Carnage-laden assault in the moribund state of popular culture.”
(Clash Magazine Band Of The Month)
“Voices of dystopian, millennial fury with a main stage presence” (R*E*P*E*A*T)