A pretty packed Portland Arms on a damp Tuesday night, and the attendance
was full throughout from the support bands to the headliners. The
Blinders a three-piece bass, drums, guitar/vocals line up with
an additional set of drums and a breathy harmonica.
First impressions are important, and the build up to the performance
was impressive in its ability to create an atmosphere. The lights,
music and spoken word almost gave it a Wartime feel, something
perhaps more in our minds with the forthcoming Remembrance Day. As
the intro progressed, and it was longer than many would dare, it seemed
to come more up to date with a poem with more class laden social themes.
(It wasnt John Cooper Clarke, but cross him with maybe Atilla
The Stockbroker and you get the gist).
Fuck the Tories : Pic Lydia Maycock
So to the band No its not Gene Simmons on vocals
and guitar, but with the passion, intensity and anger, the war painted
Jaz Coleman came in to my mind. They kicked off with Gotta get Through,
the drums pounding, and a great very distinctive guitar sound supplied
by Tom Haywood.
Perhaps Im reading too much into the music, but I could throw
in a few names into the mixing bowl that came to my head, Jon Spencer,
The Cramps (not for the rockabilly but for the guitar effects), perhaps
some Killing Joke, Bad Seeds, and I swear to God during the song with
two sets of drums, it was the Glitter Band in the room.
Credit to them for refining whatever their influences into a sound
very much their own. The bass of Charlie McGough throbs and throbs
and with Matt Neale keeping it all locked down. They arent afraid
to mess with time changes in some songs which gives some of the songs
an added quirkiness. Tom ditches his guitar on occasion to get his
message across but this does not take away any of the energy from
the music pulsating from the rhythm section. On one song I thought
Jim Morrison had momentarily made a guest vocal appearance. Hate Song
had a wink and a nod to Joy Divisions Transmission (Dance Dance
Dance) . and why not? Brave New World and Letat Cest
Moi also stood out for me and show there is much depth to their songs.
Its in my nature to do a little research, and from other reviewers
and information, perhaps Im not so wide of the mark about them
(I perhaps missed the mighty Fall influences, I found them heavier)
but Im sure lyrically there are Mark Eisms locked away.
From their first single/video that I saw earlier in the year, there
has definitely been a visual makeover, and that just helps to give
them a more unified and memorable image to back up a very creative
and well executed set of songs.
Cant help referencing a certain TV Series .Dont
F*** with the Blinders ..