The Blinders Q&A

Introduce yourselves –  tell us about you, your background, music and formation. 

We’re originally from Doncaster and had quite a standard formation in that we were three friends, knew each other from our time at secondary school and then formed the band during our time at Sixth Form. We then all packed up and moved to Manchester partly for University and partly to extend the life span of the band. We’ve been here now for the last four years or so. Music has always been a constant for us, we’ve always had this shared interest in a nucleus of bands be it Arctic Monkeys or along the lines of something more traditional like Iggy Pop, David Bowie or Bob Dylan. All of these artists have off shoots which we tend to go and get immersed in and then come back together and try to throw some alternate ethos’ into what we are doing.  

What’s your favourite thing to do in Manchester or where do you aim for when visiting?

Manchester is a place we’re still discovering I think. On our day’s off it’s nice to go find a corner of a coffee shop or I’ll often head to a record shop, listen to what they’re playing and try find a bit of inspiration. The cities art galleries are always good sources of inspiration as well and are always worth a few hours of anyone’s time. 

Which other artists are you going to try and check out at NBHD?

I’ve not seen the Fat Whites play this recent album so I’ll try and catch that, and Working Men’s Club interest me. They’re obviously being tipped heavily by a lot of people and it’s evident why. I imagine it’ll be a struggle to get in that room.  

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

This is always a difficult one. Obviously you may think to the likes of Iggy Pop or Nick Cave but then it would be interesting to work with someone completely alternate to what we are doing. You think maybe to some electronic artists, I like the recent Four Tet records for example, and how an approach from a different sphere may send you down a completely new road. It seems the point of collaborating if to introduce you to something new and change the way you have done things previously. 

Can you remember the first song you wrote when you were young? What was it called?

When I was very young there was a few Christmas anthems knocking about that you’d perform for the family who now occasionally bring them up to embarrass you terribly. There really is no need to dwell on them. 

If you could have a meal with three musicians, dead or alive, who would it be?

Nick Cave, Shane Macgowan and Mark E Smith. Not so sure as to whether there would be much eating going on. 

Tell us a story from your time on the road…

Many are distasteful and only humorous to ourselves, so I’ll have to politely decline. If you’ve never been to Austin, Texas though, you should really think about changing that. Margarita for breakfast; Margarita for lunch; Margarita for tea.

What can people expect from your NBHD set?

Blasphemy incarnate.

Plans for the rest of the year?

Neighbourhood is really gonna be our last stop before we take a bit of time off and reset the body clocks.

Message for the fans?

Carpe Diem, long live West Prussia and beware Clint Eastwood’s Spiderweb Of Daydreams.