THE BLINDERS RELEASE THEIR NEW EP – ELECTRIC KOOL-AID (PART 1)
New EP release “Electric Kool-Aid” from critically acclaimed alternative rock band The Blinders merges a diversity of genres to create a track-list equally as varied and filled to the brim with entertainment and charisma.
Beginning with the opening and title track “Electric Kool-Aid” the psychedelic guitar reminiscent of the works of bands such as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard starts off the EP with a futuristic and kaleidoscopic tone that immediately hits the listener. Energetic and encapsulating, The Blinders make it clear from the explosive beginning that this EP will be packed with spirit setting the atmosphere for the rest of the record. With tense chord progression and repetitive, echoing vocals, there’s a dystopian sound to this opening track that adds to its enchanting and hypnotic quality.
Flowing smoothly onwards into the second track “Barefoot Across Your Water” once again the enthusiasm and potency is thankfully continued. With thick layers of sound including acoustic and electric guitar, piano complemented by a steady, pacing drum beat there isn’t a space left to fill instrumentally on this song. Lead vocalist Thomas Haywood’s voice flows effortlessly through the rhythm of this track with impassioned lyrics and delivery. Beginning with more of a classic indie rock vibe but weaving in the same psychedelic guitar pattern as in the title track half way through and filled with twists and turns to keep the song engaging throughout its run time “Barefoot Across Your Water” is one of those tracks where you can hear the undeniable amount of soul that has been put into making it.
The Blinders talent for combining different sub genres of rock and create a rich variety of sound is once again displayed in the third track off the EP “City We Call Love”. Starting with choppy and bold electric guitar riffs and then later electrified with the 80s synth-inspired keyboard chords the sonic dynamism of this song confidently finishes with a climactic, eruptive combination of the two. The following track “The Writer” has a more post-punk, politically provocative feel to it with dark undertones and thumping drums combined with deep bass guitar. The EPs most aggressive and strained vocals are featured on this track perfectly matching its frustrated lyricism with a fast paced and sonically jumbled chorus reflecting the chaotic world the lyrics discuss.
The closing track of the album “Hate To See You Tortured” is ironic, considering its lyrical themes of depression and hopelessness, the most anthemic track of the album. With a catchy hook, driving percussion and exhilarating pace the song’s darker themes of mental health struggles are balanced out with kicky and riveting energy that inspires and motivates the listener providing a sense of hope and optimism to the ending of the EP. With a humorous touch to it that comes from the brutal and blunt honesty of lyrics such as “I wouldn’t say I’m depressed but every morning on my way to work I hope the car does crash into a ditch” the track itself is far from being mood dampening. Slowly fading out into gentle piano noise the journey of sonic exploration that is “Electric Kool-Aid” is finished on a positive yet thought provoking note.
Overall, The Blinders new EP although very short manages to fit in an impressive amount of experimentation and exuberance as well as excellently showcasing the band’s capability. The tracklist is so vibrant and animated with layers of instrumentation that its listening time feels a lot longer than it actually is – and with entertaining lyrics and diversity of sound, I for one have no complaints about that! Pulling from a variety of rock genres, The Blinder’s craft a unique and modern sound that only leaves me waiting in anticipation for what they have in store for us next.