Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes one band more appealing than another. In the case of the three piece band Blinds consisting of Case Shannon (vocals/guitar) Malcome Browne (drums) and Garrison Grouse (bass) those were my first thoughts. The band isn’t reinventing the wheel of garage rock but they have that x-factor in there music that makes it memorable and stand out. Somewhere between the production, vocal delivery and guitar chords is a formula that works very well for the band on their self-titled EP.
Take for instance the exceptional song “Animal” which is a catchy song which I enjoyed the first time I heard it. The drums and bass keep the song moving while jangly guitars provide the melody. I was reminded of The Strokes and The Walkmen at times when it came to the music. It didn’t take me anytime to warm up to the vocals of Shannon. That songs transitions into another song that impressed me entitled “Baby Doll”. The song has a dance worthy momentum and a number of inventive guitar riffs.
Both songs displayed the band's ability to deliver and not overstay their welcome. That continues to be the case as the EP progresses. The fun, fast-paced “Sorry My Kid” is fantastic. When he screams the line “You’re coming undone” it feels visceral and borderline cathartic.
“These Drugs Are Gonna Kill Me” is arguably the most straightforward and commercially viable song on the EP. The song has a number of vocal lines that get stuck in your head the moment you're done listening to it and I say that in a good way. There is a bit of a White Stripes vibes with the track and the ending is epic. “Saturday Morning Blues” is the cherry on top that solidifies the band's talent.
Blinds is an unpretentious EP that is a treat to listen to. When you have a three piece band I would argue it’s hard to stand out more than ever these. Lets face it. There is more music than ever and the drums, bass and guitar are still the main instruments utilized in contemporary rock bands. Band’s really have to pay attention to the details because every nuance counts and could be the difference between gaining a fan and someone forgetting your music right after they listen to it. Blinds is one of those bands that fell into the former for me.
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