The latest band to offer a very modern voice of dissent in a world of discord, Manchester’s The Blinders steam into Brighton for a night of sweaty, intense and dark post-punk. First from an interesting line-up, Brighton’s Swoon. A fascinating, heady combination of punk and electro, they ignore the empty space that is initially present in front of them and seize the show as if it is their own. Their recent Fun Police EP release is one of the most exciting debut releases for some time, and there is a potent energy to their live performance tonight. Expect to hear a lot more about these in the months to come.
The world is a mess. Media deciding on our behalf what is and what isn’t ‘fake news’. Front page headlines screaming ‘Crush The Saboteurs’. Your every move online tracked and marketed by faceless corporations. As reality creeps ever nearer to the plot of George Orwell’s classic 1984, a few dissenting voices are beginning to be heard. Jockeying for position now are Manchester-via-Doncaster’s The Blinders, whose debut, Columbia, arrives with perfect timing. Loosely based on that influential novel, it uses it as a springboard into a suitably paranoid world.