We posed some questions to local up and comers Blind Eye ahead of their single launch the Duchess on Tuesday 24 February, and found out about their influences, writing process and fondness for lasers.
By Jane Howkins
Photos by Dave O’Hara
and John Illingworth
You guys were founded in 2012. How did that come about?
Well, the world was supposed to come to an end and how could we be incinerated by the sun without being in a kick-ass band? Harley and Joey had a project before this together and we have always been friends with Marcin. When that came to an end it just made sense to form a new band together.
You’re from York. How do you find the music scene here? Apparently the city was recently voted one of the top places in the UK for creativity.
Well when we first started, pretty much the whole of York’s music scene seemed to be metal, indie or acoustic so we wanted to break through with something different. Nowadays it’s a lot more diverse though.
What other bands from the area would you recommend people check out?
Where do we start? There’s some great bands so here’s a small list of ones that spring to mind: A Jokers Rage; Asios Eyes; The Retrospectives; The Blueprints and Stonewater.
What would you say your main musical influences are?
Errrmmmm. There is honestly so many. To name a few, there’s: Red Hot Chili Peppers; Biffy Clyro; Don Broco; Rise Against and Deaf Havana. And we don’t particularly sound like any of them!
You’re doing a gig at The Duchess soon. How are you feeling about that?
We’re looking forward to it; it’s our first gig of the year and we’re releasing a new single on the day. It’s been too long since we’ve played on stage so we can’t wait. It’s going to be the first of many for the next few months.
What would you say is the best gig you’ve ever done, and why?
Hands down has to be our EP launch. Was the sound good? No. Did we play at our best? Not particularly. But it was our first major release and headliner, so to fill Fibbers with people coming down to see us was a really amazing and special feeling. Most people came down in time for the first band and stayed for the whole night and it was the perfect audience, not just for us, but for all our supports as well and the atmosphere was phenomenal. We had such a good night and it wouldn’t have been the same if it wasn’t for everyone that came to support us.
You recently released a new single Blood and Diamonds. How does your writing process usually come about?
It’s actually quite old now, we’ve got a new one called Sunset coming out this Tuesday, 24th of Febuary that will be free for 24 hours from 12pm till 12pm the next day. We write as a collaborative. We work together and have loads of different ideas so we’re never usually stuck. When we find something we like, we build on it and write our own parts and just when we think we’ve finished we usually make lots of little changes before we play it. You can’t take anything personally in a band as we’re all working towards the same goal and you need to be open with each other to try any ideas that come to mind. We’d rather try lots of ideas that don’t work to find that one great idea that does work and be honest to each other to get the best result.
You are currently unsigned. Do you find this makes it harder to release music, or do you prefer it?
It makes it harder I guess as not many people will have heard of us, but we have quite loyal fans and it is slowly building. In a way, it makes it more special to the people who listen to us as they can hear something that not many other people have. We’ll keep releasing music and it can only get easier now!
Why do you think people should come and see Blind Eye live?
We like to think we do things a bit different from everyone else. We try to put on the best live experience possible rather than just play. We’re probably one of the most energetic bands going at the moment and our performances are much more than just about the music. For our own shows especially, we usually bring in extra lights or lasers or something a bit different that not many other small bands do. Mainly, it’s all really good fun and what more could you want than that!
Do you have anything more to say to the fans?
Keep in touch with us! Watch for our events, we’re on all the usual social media pages and just drop us a message if you feel like it. We’re quite friendly really.
Blind Eye will launch their single Sunset at the Duchess on 24 February 2015.