Artist Spotlight: The Blinders

We’re pleased to welcome back Yorkshire alt rockers The Blinders after their recent stints at Neighbourhood Festival 2018 and our sister festival Neighbourhood Weekender last month!

The three-piece, who are originally from Doncaster, have taken Manchester (as well as the rest of the UK and afar) by storm in their few years together. Inspired by punk poets and a range of political literature, Thomas Haywood (vocals/guitar), Charlie McGough (bass) and Matt Neale (drums) intertwine a frenzy of outspoken political lyricisms with psych grooves and scuzzy riffs that make for a compelling listen.

They caught the eye of BBC Introducing with their raucous live antics that truly mirror the visceral punk movement they admire. The BBC continued to back them as Radio 1’s Huw Stephens gave their debut single ‘Swine’ (2016) its first national play, meanwhile fellow BBC tastemakers Daniel P Carter, Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq have also shown support.

In September last year, they released their critically acclaimed debut album Columbia; a bracingly thrilling release which firmly places them at the vanguard of a new generation of politically engaged British guitar bands. Loosely based around the concept of Columbia as “an alternate world informed by reality”, on the album The Blinders display a ferocious intelligence, as influenced by history, literature and art as they are by Britain’s current political and economic woes. As well as ‘L’Etat C’Est Moi’ – “a delirious indie stomper with a heart of gold” (CLASH) – the album contains previous single ‘Gotta Get Though’, which spent five weeks at No.1 at Amazing Radio.

After a series of support tours and festival appearances including Reading & Leeds, Isle Of Wight, and TRMSMT, The Blinders undertook their debut headline tour in February last year. After the release of Columbia, their following tour saw them a huge 20+ date run of the UK as well as a surprise set at YES for Neighbourhood Festival 2018! As their live shows are filled with “Enrapturing, politically injected lyrics [that] enable the gig-goer to encounter an alternative to what is seen in mainstream media” (Forge), audiences are in for an enigmatic experience that will alter perceptions.