THE BLINDERS – Unveil ‘Brave New World’ + Album: ‘Columbia’ out 21st Sept

THE BLINDERS - Unveil 'Brave New World' + Album: 'Columbia' out 21st Sept

‘Brave New World’ is the new single from The Blinders, available today on Modern Sky UK. The track is taken from the Manchester-based trio’s debut album ‘Columbia’, which will be released September 21st and is available to pre-order. The album also includes the singles ‘L’Etat C’Est Moi’, which was a Huw Stephens Tune Of The Week on Radio 1 and playlisted at 6Music, and ‘Gotta Get Through’, which spent five weeks at No.1 on Amazing Radio.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Sherlocks, Goldblade) and named after the utopia which Charles Manson promised his “Family,” ‘Columbia’ is a bracingly thrilling debut which firmly places The Blinders at the vanguard of a new generation of politically engaged British guitar bands. The album’s striking cover pictures singer/guitarist Thomas Haywood in the tribal warpaint he wears for live shows, where he assumes the fearless persona of Johnny Dream. ‘Columbia’ sees 21 year-old childhood friends Haywood (vocals, guitar), Charlie McGough (bass) and Matt Neale (drums) follow Johnny Dream on his spiritual awakening, from the coruscating swagger of the opening ‘Gotta Get Through’ to the raw, beautiful and ultimately redemptive finale ‘Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)’.

Growing up in Doncaster, the trio were originally inspired by local heroes Arctic Monkeys, though ‘Columbia’ was inspired as much by literary touchstones such as George Orwell and Jack Kerouac as much as their musical influences, who include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kanye West and The Wytches.

After a series of prestigious festival appearances including Kendal Calling and Festival No.6, The Blinders will follow the release of ‘Columbia’ with an extensive UK headline tour throughout October and November. The 22 dates are the trio’s second headline tour of 2018. They kick off in their adopted hometown of Manchester at Academy 2 on October 15th and include a show at London’s The Garage on November 7th.

The Blinders have been picking up specialist radio support since their first DIY releases from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and 6Music’s Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq, who recently had the band on his show for a BBC Music Introducing Session.

1. Gotta Get Through
2. L’Etat C’Est Moi
3. Hate Song
4. Where No Man Comes
5. Free The Slave
6. I Can’t Breathe Blues
7. Ballad Of Winston Smith
8. Et Tu
9. Brutus
10. Brave New World
11. Rat In A Cage
12. Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)


July 21 Blackthorn Music Festival
July 28 Kendal Calling
August 3 Fieldview Festival
August 10 Lakefest
August 26 Inner City Live, Hull
Sept 7 Festival No.6
Sept 29 Tenement Trail, Glasgow


Mon 15 Manchester Academy 2
Tues 16 Newcastle The Cluny
Thurs 18 Hull The Adelphi
Fri 19 Cardiff SWN Festival
Sat 20 Cardiff SWN Festival
Mon 22 Stoke-On-Trent The Sugarmill
Tues 23 Birmingham The Castle & Falcon
Weds 24 Nottingham Bodega
Thurs 25 Derby The Venue
Fri 26 Sheffield Plug
Sun 28 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Mon 29 Liverpool Buyers Club
Tues 30 Aberdeen, Drummonds
Thurs 1 Preston The Ferret
Fri 2 York The Crescent
Sat 3 Lincoln 2Q Festival
Mon 5 Oxford The Bullingdon
Tues 6 Cambridge The Portland Arms
Weds 7 London The Garage
Fri 9 Southampton Heartbreakers
Sat 10 Brighton The Haunt
Sun 11 Bristol Thekla

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