The video finds frontman and guitarist Thomas Hayward battling his inner demons, trapped in a cell amongst strobes reflecting anger and frustration. ‘Hate To See You Tortured’ is a high energy love song with searing guitars, organ synths, soaring harmonies and a pounding rhythm. It has led Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music to say, “They are really reaching out through their sound, this is another level again.”
‘Hate To See You Tortured’ is taken from The Blinders’ new EP Electric Kool-Aid (Part 1), a five-track collection of dark brilliance, fiery yet emotive, its psychedelic-infused indie-rock playing like a cross between IDLES, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Arctic Monkeys.
It features the previous single ‘City We Call Love’, which proved a hit with 6Music gaining support from Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins, while also receiving strong support from Jack Saunders and Clara Amfo at Radio 1.
Jack Saunders is such a huge fan of the band he’s invited them to headline his Hopscotch club night at The Social, London on March 15th. Tickets are on sale now here.
The show finishes The Blinders full UK tour in support of The Cribs throughout March. Tickets are available now here.
The Electric Kool-Aid (Part 1) EP finds The Blinders coming armed with an expanded line up and now as a five piece delivering an even wider-reaching sound stretching throughout their frenetic energy, warm psychedelics and huge indie anthems.
Electric Kool-Aid EP – Part One: track listing
Barefoot Across Your Water
City We Call Love
Hate To See You Tortured
The Blinders Headline Show
March 15th – London, The Social
March 2022 tour dates with The Cribs
Tues 1st: Birmingham O2 Institute
Weds 2nd: Norwich Waterfront
Fri 4th: Sheffield Academy
Sun 6th: Manchester Academy
Tues 8th: Newcastle Boiler Shop
Weds 9th: Glasgow SWG3
Fri 11th: London Roundhouse
Sat 12th: Brighton Chalk
Sun 13th: Bristol Marble Factory
ACCLAIM FOR THE BLINDERS
“The band incorporate influences from the likes of IDLES and solo-era John Lennon… a particularly penetrating, bruising listen”
“brooding post-punk… a fusion of IDLES and Nick Cave”
Consequence Of Sound
“one of this country’s greatest rising bands… the sound of our times”
“‘City We Call Love’ is a raucous slice of indie, packed full of screaming guitar riffs that still hold a clear respect for melody and pop”
“a force to be reckoned with”