We recently had a chat with Manchester based up and comers The Blinders, resulting in a very informative chat from whats seems to be a very cultured and interesting band. Find out why we thought this below!
By Jane Howkins
You recently announced a new album for release in September, titled Columbia. What can you tell us about that? Why did you choose that title?
We’ve described Columbia as an alternate world informed by reality which does get to the centre of it in many ways. There are a lot of themes running through the album and we leaned a lot on the writings of Orwell and Huxley in order to inform this. They were great reference points in helping us build this narrative and not simply talk directly of current world issues. The title Columbia may therefore be a further tool in this in that it references a new world and was historically used to reference the new world. We deemed it a fitting title.
What is the writing/recording process like for you? Do you do much writing in the studio or is that done beforehand?
It depends from song to song. Often we will start with the lyrics and build the song around that. In terms of the album sessions, we went into the studio with maybe half of it already written. We then became fascinated with the idea of dystopia, and began to shape and bend our current writings around this all the while letting the album take form itself as naturally as possible. It was a creatively intense yet physically exhausting month, so it’s not something we intend on attempting again.
Your latest single was titled L’Etat C’est Moi. What does that mean in French and why did you decide on that title?
It’s a statement credited to Louis XIV of France who cemented absolute monarchy in France. It’s not a song that really is about Louis but the statement just stuck with us and the song was written around it. It seems so relevant today. Trump’s attempt to stand above the press and the judiciary would lead you to believe that his next campaign slogan may be something not too dissimilar. In our own country we have a government who are in power through bribing another party. They rule without a mandate and constantly try to bypass parliament. It feels like globally, despite the power of social media, there is a regression with elites gaining more and more power.
What can you tell us about the track? Do you have any other singles planned for release in the near future?
Brave New World is a song we have re-released, cementing its place on the album. Though the title is the same as Huxley’s novel, it veers off quite liberally but we just couldn’t miss out on a title so fitting. As for anymore singles before the release of the album, we’re all out.
You’ve got quite an extensive tour of the UK coming up in October and November. Are you excited for that, or does it make you nervous? Do you know who will be supporting you yet?
We do have a support(s), but we’d be severely reprimanded if we were to spill the beans. We are in good spirits for the tour though, it feels like a long time since we were last on the road.
Where are you looking forward to playing the most? Is there anywhere you’ve never been to before on the list?
Manchester and London tend to be the big ones. We’ve not been to Cambridge and only played in Aberdeen whilst supporting The View. However, York will undoubtedly be the best…
You’re based in Manchester at the moment. How is the music scene there at the moment – any bands you can recommend our readers check out? What have you been listening to recently, and who would you recommend to us?
Manchester is wonderful. It has allowed us to develop both as people and collectively as a band, and brought us the early exposure we needed. We’re from Doncaster, and are very proud to be from such a supporting and understanding scene which was birthed there, but we began to feel suffocated by the place. After moving, we became good friends with Cabbage who blazed the trail for bands like ourselves, Strange Bones, Afghan Sand Gang and Proletariat. Also, Naked Six just recently moved to Manchester from York so… up your game, York.
The city is known for it’s rich musical history. Is that something that encourages you as a band to keep playing? Who/what are you main influences?
It’s not something we really consider enough. We’ve not really been directly influenced by The Stone Roses or Oasis, but Manchester is much more than that. You’ve got people like Barry Adamson who grew up in Moss Side and was a founding member of the Bad Seeds, they are inspirational figures themselves. Then there are grafters like I am Kloot who we deem to be incredibly inspirational; John Bramwell is a criminally underrated lyricist. But beyond music, Manchester is just brimming with culture and history, it’s an inspiring place to be on it’s own.
Why do you think people should come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your gigs?
That’s maybe for other people to write. We like people to come to the shows and make their own minds up, take from it what they will. I don’t think it takes you very long to ‘get it’.
Any last words for the fans?
Fuck ’em, Youth.