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BLINDNESS AND LIGHT

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BLINDNESS AND LIGHT WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Thanks for having us over….brew grabbed, seat taken.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

It always has been and will be. If I cut into a vein, then indie guitar would come gushing out. There was no choice, it is just part of what we are.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

Blindness & Light are an informal collective of like-minded friends and family. We stretch out all the way From Anglesey to Yorkshire and many places in between. Post-punk is what drives us.

We’ve all been in various indie bands over the years. This setup suits us all as it’s totally flexible.  That said, the new single , We All Lose, has only one musician contributing and that is singer/songwriter/guitarist Colin M Potter.

What was life like for you before music?

Pretty much paying bills and living for the weekend. Redundancy in 2022 and living on Anglesey gave the space and time to get ideas crystalised and deposited in digital history!

Any moment a solar flare’s going to come and wipe it all clean :-7

Hopefully, the vinyl will survive the apocalypse….and a record player too. Our debut album came out on all formats last Summer and has received over 3000 radio plays across the world but we still need to sell all the limited edition vinyl so that we can at least breakeven and release the 2nd album. (This is available at the Vinyl Exchange, Manchester, 81 Renshaw St, Liverpool, Hot Frog, Runcorn, Mud Shark, Bangor and Bandcamp).

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Now that’s difficult, I can’t answer for us all as that’ll take all day, but for myself (CMP) it was probably a mix of post-punk songs that really inspired me and made it essential to be in a band. Stars Are Stars by Echo and the Bunnymen, Revolutionary Spirit by The Wild Swans and the whole of Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Somewhere in some dark and dingy corner holding out a begging bowl for scraps of royalties from Spotify.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

We realised how much we love doing what we do when our previous producer attempted to force us into making purely commercial pop for its financial gains. We produce ourselves now and are happier than ever. It’s the music that counts and genuine lyrics but that may not satisfy the mass market.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Two truths : We are mammalian and sentient       A lie: We lie about lies as well as the truth.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Decent royalties from streaming platforms. Grassroots, original music doesn’t stand a chance anymore.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

We’ve been amazed at how positive people have been. Genuinely, we expected more sniping. When you start criticising humanity as much as we do, it can sound a tad sanctimonious. Those of deep prejudice may be a bit bruised by this single or maybe they like being sub-human….we suspect that’s the case!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

We don’t cower in the shadows living in fear of unseen monsters. We base life on what we personally experience, there’s enough there to profoundly shock us…..but we can’t let that make us ignore the good in people. Someone sawed the head of a porpoise on an Anglesey beach this week. Skulls bring in big money.

What’s gone wrong with the world? I’m glad we see still enough good to keep us going but this was horrendous.

We’ve received several emails recently offering membership of The Illuminati but I think we’ll hold out for a better offer.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Age 9, playing Silent Night on acoustic guitar to 200 parents at an Xmas show at primary school! It was probably their worst experience too.

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.

Many of the songs written by Blindness & Light are written and polished up in a Styrian forest in Austria somewhere near Graz.

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Songs for he 2nd album are being recorded at the moment on Anglesey. We’ve made a decision to record songs before they are fully complete and to use the recording process as a creative instrument in itself. 4 tracks have been recorded in this way and it seems to lead to a  more natural and human sound. We have a new pro mix engineer who understands us and what we are after so mixing/mastering will be carried out in Germany.

We have noticed a lot of bands don’t use X (Twitter) why do you thing that is?

Music seems to have found its home more in Facebook and Instagram. I don’t think X competes.

We do token posts on X but we don’t really get the same engagement as FB and IG.

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

We All Lose floats a gritty anti-racist theme on top of a breezy guitar melody.

The cover art was painted by Austrian abstract artist Gary Lanthaler. It is called “Der Schrei der Eule” – The Cry of the Owl.

What was the recording process like?

Recording took place on the Isle Of Anglesey, North Wales and Warrington, North West, England. This was co-produced between

Colin M Potter and previous producer Tony Denmade. It was finally put together over 2 days in a Warrington studio and mastered with the assistance of a Canadian AI.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Colin finds the more he tries to write the less able he is to achieve anything….so his trick is to not try and tell it come to him. Developing acoustic songs with vocals into a full band isn’t easy but it’s also the part we enjoy most.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, it’s all sealed in time now. No looking back just pushing forward!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

We’ll release at least 4 more singles this year. Maybe the 2nd album at the end of the year too, let’s see how it goes. Please buy merch, this keeps us going.

If you really want the album on vinyl and genuinely can’t afford it, email us at blindnessandlight@gmail.com and we’ll give a few away within the UK.

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