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Monday, 1 October 2018

The Blinders - 'Columbia'

Words by Katie Macbeth

The Blinders, a band who claims to be in your face at all times, smelting loud and visceral political punk rock with enigmatic, psychedelic poetry and tones, has just released their debut album Columbia. Based around a dystopia, the album has been much anticipated by an already eager fan base; they are also popular on the live circuit, headlining the BBC Introducing stages at both Reading and Leeds, supporting bands across the UK and have been touring for a solid two years.

Opening with Gotta Get Through, their usual live opener, a heavy drum beat is present throughout, 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, focusing on Trump and Brexit. The track has repetitive riffs with passionately shouted lyrics which descend into blissful chaos.
Free The Slave tackles many current affairs and 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?” Very concise.
The influence of the works of George Orwell is ever clear in this album, 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, while letting those in charge get away with whatever they like.
Brutus is seven minutes of pure noise, with frantic energy and furious venting. The George Orwell influence showing up again, with the references to Big Brother.

A stand-out track Brave New World provides commentary on the American Dream and if such thing is even achievable with Trump in charge. Political references soar, plus commentary on the ever-controversial but seemingly popular Kardashians.

The album provides a unique and enjoyable listen, leaving you feeling fully involved with the dystopia that is Columbia, all helped by the vivid imagery of the lyrics. This band is essential to 2018, and with this album they have literally pulled a blinder.

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