Welcome to the Terrifying Twenties. Where nations divide, wickedness triumphs, powerful lunatics put profit over survival and the planet itself tips on the edge. It’s enough to make anyone turn to drugs, depression and hatred of their fellow man. To turn us all into stay at home psychopaths.
Johnny Dream, as he has been known until now, saw it all coming; he and his band of dark rock rebels The Blinders have made the first soundtrack for the post-EU generation, wracked with all the anger, anxiety and despair of the age. “These are some of our darkest and bitterest fears put into writing and music… to almost eradicate them by having them in music form,” says Johnny, aka Blinders singer Thomas Haywood, of the band’s forthcoming second album. “It can sometimes be borderline misanthropic, it’s losing faith in humanity completely.”
Humanity might be a lost cause, but The Blinders are the band to restore your faith in rock. They boast the firebrand political righteousness of IDLES, the visceral atmospheres of Joy Division and the Bad Seeds, the noir melodicism of ‘Humbug’-era Artic Monkeys and a fierce literary and cultural intelligence that finds them referencing everything from Wilde to Shakespeare, from 1984 to 2001.