We’ve been banging on to anyone who would listen about how good The Blinders are for a little while now. Ever since single “Swine” dropped in 2016, we’ve been watching this band closely and after a run of releasing some absolutely ferocious singles, the Manchester based noise-makers released their much anticipated debut record Columbia on Friday last.
To celebrate the release, here’s the band giving some background on some of their favourite tracks on the album. Enjoy!
Words by The Blinders
L’etat C’est Moi
Inspired by Louis XIV’s statement “I am the state”
Inspired by a piece from George Orwell’s novel “1984”
Where No Man Comes
This is a narrative of the character Winston Smith from “1984″ and it was also inspired by Bob Dylan’s track “Sad eyed lady of the lowlands”, in which he said “Where the sad eyed prophet said no man comes.”
Free The Slave / I Can’t Breathe Blues
“Free The Slave” is a spoken word poem that was intended to prelude “I Can’t Breathe Blues”, which has a solid place in our live catalogue, and ICB is our oldest song. It was inspired by the death of Eric Garner and fits very well in Columbia so we decided to keep it and re-record it.
Ballad Of Winston Smith
It’s the only acoustic song on the album, and again, it’s another one strongly influenced by the Orwell novel “1984″, discussing the characters and again using that book to reflect some of the dystopian themes that we see in today’s society.
Brave New World
This track introduces a centre character in our album. The Idiot King. It lends its title from Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World”.
Rat In A Cage
I think this is the most hopeful track on the album, and was almost written as a rallying call against some of the darker themes on the album. It was intended to end with the characters breaking free of the shackles and breaking free of the power structures that are present within society.
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
This was something that we never intended to feature on the album. It just happened. It was written as a stream of consciousness in a beat poet style, but it turned out well, and we’d like people to take their own interpretation from this song. To talk about it would be futile.
Pick up your copy of The Blinders Columbia HERE
The band start a mammoth tour next month to support the release. Dates below:
15/10/2018 – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester Tickets
16/10/2018 – The Cluny, Newcastle Tickets
17-20/10/2018 – SWN Festival, Cardiff Tickets
18/10/2018 – The Adelphi, Hull Tickets
22/10/2018 – The Sugarmill, Stoke Tickets
23/10/2018 – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham Tickets
24/10/2018 – The Bodega, Nottingham Tickets
25/10/2018 – The Venue, Derby Tickets
26/10/2018 – Plug, Sheffield Tickets
28/10/2018 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Tickets
29/10/2018 – Arts Club, Liverpool Tickets
30/10/2018 – Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen
01/11/2018 – The Ferrett, Preston Tickets
02/11/2018 – The Crescent, York Tickets
03/11/2018 – 2Q Festival, Lincoln Tickets
05/11/2018 – The Bullingdon, Oxford Tickets
06/11/2018 – The Portland Arms, Cambridge Tickets
07/11/2018 – The Garage, London Tickets
09/11/2018 – Heartbreakers, Southampton Tickets
10/11/2018 – The Haunt, Brighton Tickets
11/11/2018 – Thekla, Bristol Tickets