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REVIEW / The Blinders release debut album, Columbia

The stunning debut album from Manchester underground band, The Blinders
posted 21 September 2018 12:03pm updated 21 September 2018 14:03pm

The Blinders Review

The Blinders New Album

The Blinders Columbia Review





YOU Today, 21st September, The Blinders released their debut album Columbia. Based around a dystopia, the album has been much anticipated. The Blinders are already ‘popular’ live, headlining the BBC Introducing stages at both Reading and Leeds, supporting bands across the UK and have been touring for a solid 2 years. Columbia shows the negatives in society. Yet instead of looking down upon them, The Blinders offer change.

The album opens with ‘Gotta Get Through’ which is usually also the track that opens their live sets. A heavy drumbeat is present throughout the track, with a strong bassline backing it. The track is intense and immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album.

‘Hate Song’ hints to the rise of hate speech and everything within that category, with Trump and topics such as Brexit bringing out the outrageous opinions in people, and then being labeled as ‘free speech’. The track has repetitive riffs with passionately shouted lyrics which descend into chaos.

‘Free The Slave’ tackles many of society’s issues in a short and concise manner. The track ends abruptly halfway through the last line “free the boy soon to become a man, in a society like this who the fuck would want that?”

An old fan favorite and first release, ‘ICB Blues’, has been re-recorded and is now ‘I Can’t Breathe’ which was written and inspired by the police recording of the brutality victim, Eric Garner.

Throughout the album, the influence of the works of George Orwell is ever clear, especially on acoustic ‘Ballad of Winston Smith’ named after the protagonist in the novel 1984. The track speaks of the mainstream media reporting and building stories out of nothing, whilst letting those in charge get away with whatever they wish.

‘Brutus’ is the usual live set closer, and within the album is 7 minutes of pure noise, with the frantic energy returning halfway through in furious venting. The George Orwell influence again is clear, with the references to ‘Big Brother’. A recognizable track ‘Brave New World’ provides commentary on the American Dream, and if such a thing is even achievable with Trump in charge. Political references soar within this track and commentary on the popular Kardashians. The album provides a unique and enjoyable listening experience, with the listener feeling fully involved within the dystopia that is Columbia, all helped by the vivid imagery of the lyrics. The Blinders are essential to 2018, and within this album, they have fully pulled a blinder.

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