A constantly evolving journey, which builds from a sparse and foreboding blend of bass, drums and ruminative vocals into a powerful frenzy of distorted guitars, ‘Black Glass’ is a powerfully free-formed dose of infectious instrumentation and thought-provoking lyricism. The track is accompanied by an absorbing lyric video, with a surreal and hypnotic montage of historic footage serving to capture the existential dread that the world faces today.
“This song is about a disturbed introvert's conversation between him and himself, whose need for isolation has reached its peak,” explain the band. “No longer does he simply keep the blinds drawn to appease his twisted and paranoid appetite, for slowly he begins to talk through his methods in order to reassure himself that his actions are completely sane.
“As the monologue unravels, his words become more and more deranged and unhinged until finally his nerve implodes. He is left alone with his cyclone of self-righteous, existential rambling thoughts around his mind.”
The new track follows the release of ‘Mule Track’ – which premiered with Steve Lamacq on 6Music and was featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday, Punk List, All New Rock, New Noise and The Rock list playlists – ‘Lunatic (With A Loaded Gun)’, a fiery anthem of defiance against political and social injustices, and ‘40 Days And Forty Nights’, which like their debut single ‘Circle Song’, was playlisted at BBC 6Music in addition to receiving extensive support from Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders at Radio 1 and John Kennedy at Radio X.
The band also shared the latest episode of their Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath series recently, which takes a deeper look into their minds, day-to-day lives, and how they are remaining creative during this challenging time. Titled ‘South Of Reality’, you can watch it here.
Lead singer and guitarist Thomas Haywood has also been busy recording sessions from home. Showcasing their eclectic influences, they include performances of Tom Waits’ ‘Martha’, Oasis’ ‘Half The World Away’ and a beautifully moving cover of the 19th Century American folk song ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’, as well as live stream shows as part of Liverpool Sound City’s Stay At Home Festival and Dork’s Homeschool Festival.
The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album, Columbia, released in 2018, Fantasies of A Stay At Home Psychopath explores existential despair, mental health and society’s ills in a time of planetary crisis. The album was recorded at Manchester’s Eve Studios alongside producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi), and mixed by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse).
In the shadow of Brexit, the climate crisis and the global pandemic, The Blinders deliver their unique brand of outspoken anthemicism in a sensational album, designed to rouse awareness and inject vital energy into a bleak 2020. Combined with their blistering live energy, get ready for The Blinders to accelerate furiously into the limelight.