Culture Clash: The Blinders

Cultural touchstones with the politically minded indie group...The Blinders have always stood out from their peers. An indie group whose songwriting touches on societal concerns, their left-leaning viewpoints open up seldom heard conversations. The band's debut album was a thrilling underground success, leading to a series of storming, inspirational live shows. Lead singer Johnny Dream spearheads their forward momentum, and The Blinders will release their second album shortly. It's a project fuelled by righteous anger, and a deeply held fear about the dystopian direction the country is moving in. “These are some of our darkest and bitterest fears put into writing and music… to almost eradicate them by having them in music form,” he says. “It can sometimes be borderline misanthropic, it’s losing faith in humanity completely.” Ahead of the release, Clash sat down with The Blinders to chat cultural touchstones... - - - - - - Books... Literature has always been a big part of the band and we’re always seeking new literary influences. Getting into the beat writers around the time of 'Columbia' gave us a big awakening and we aim to take a lot from the prose the likes of Ginsberg and Kearouc used. I’m currently working my way through, By Grand Central Station I sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart which documents her love for the poet George Baker. What you get is this stream of incredibly intense but rather beautiful poetry. It reminds me almost of the way Lolita is written in parts. I was recently captivated by John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. I’ve hit a bit of a brick wall with things I’ve been trying to pick up of late, reading a bit of something and then moving on to the next but this was the antidote to that, I could barely put it down so I’m just debating where to go to next with that series having started it a few books in. TV... It’ll have to be Twin Peaks. We were spending long days in the studio while recording 'Fantasies...' and this ended up being the thing we’d stick on at the end of the night to unwind. I think every band has a phase of wanting to sound track a David Lynch piece and we certainly swayed that way at points. Rob also introduced me to The League Of Gentlemen during our time in the studio. It was filmed not too far away from the studio and I wasn’t understanding the references people were throwing about. I love that dark sinister humour. When I think of the character I had in mind when writing the song that was originally 'Fantasies of a Stay at Home Psychopath' I can imagine him living in Royston Vasey. Film... Psycho had a significant impact on the album. Again the character Norman Bates really connected with the Stay at Home Psychopath character that we were toying with and suddenly things were starting to fall into place. Film’s a bit of a tough one. I’ve been avoiding anything too serious, too heavy. I did however enjoy Spike Lee’s new film Da 5 Bloods. It gets a bit daft but it’s worth the watch. Album... I recently had Bad Seeds TV on, it's a continuous loop of Bad Seeds videos and I just had it on in the background. A lyric video for the track 'Ghosteen' came on and I was stopped in my tracks. The album came out while we were in the studio so it took me a while to really get into it. I’ve just put the album on now as I write and I’m being balled over by its beauty. The new Pottery album is also getting a lot of love from me. They’re very high up the list of bands to see once that’s a thing again. I can only imagine that it’d be a ball. Gadget... I’ve recently become the proud owner of a ‘proper’ cocktail shaker by which I mean it came with all the gizmos you see in proper places so it was a bit more upmarket than the one we used as a pint glass in our student house. I’m getting myself into espresso martini’s in a big way. - - - - - - The Blinders will release new album 'Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath' on July 17th. Join us on the ad-free creative social network Vero, as we get under the skin of global cultural happenings. Follow Clash Magazine as we skip merrily between clubs, concerts, interviews and photo shoots. Get backstage sneak peeks, exclusive content and access to Clash Live events and a true view into our world as the fun and games unfold. Buy Clash Magazine  

Culture Clash: The Blinders
Cultural touchstones with the politically minded indie group...

The Blinders have always stood out from their peers.

An indie group whose songwriting touches on societal concerns, their left-leaning viewpoints open up seldom heard conversations.

The band's debut album was a thrilling underground success, leading to a series of storming, inspirational live shows.

Lead singer Johnny Dream spearheads their forward momentum, and The Blinders will release their second album shortly.

It's a project fuelled by righteous anger, and a deeply held fear about the dystopian direction the country is moving in.

“These are some of our darkest and bitterest fears put into writing and music… to almost eradicate them by having them in music form,” he says. “It can sometimes be borderline misanthropic, it’s losing faith in humanity completely.”

Ahead of the release, Clash sat down with The Blinders to chat cultural touchstones...

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Books...

Literature has always been a big part of the band and we’re always seeking new literary influences. Getting into the beat writers around the time of 'Columbia' gave us a big awakening and we aim to take a lot from the prose the likes of Ginsberg and Kearouc used.

I’m currently working my way through, By Grand Central Station I sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart which documents her love for the poet George Baker. What you get is this stream of incredibly intense but rather beautiful poetry. It reminds me almost of the way Lolita is written in parts.

I was recently captivated by John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. I’ve hit a bit of a brick wall with things I’ve been trying to pick up of late, reading a bit of something and then moving on to the next but this was the antidote to that, I could barely put it down so I’m just debating where to go to next with that series having started it a few books in.

TV...

It’ll have to be Twin Peaks. We were spending long days in the studio while recording 'Fantasies...' and this ended up being the thing we’d stick on at the end of the night to unwind. I think every band has a phase of wanting to sound track a David Lynch piece and we certainly swayed that way at points.

Rob also introduced me to The League Of Gentlemen during our time in the studio. It was filmed not too far away from the studio and I wasn’t understanding the references people were throwing about. I love that dark sinister humour. When I think of the character I had in mind when writing the song that was originally 'Fantasies of a Stay at Home Psychopath' I can imagine him living in Royston Vasey.

Film...

Psycho had a significant impact on the album. Again the character Norman Bates really connected with the Stay at Home Psychopath character that we were toying with and suddenly things were starting to fall into place. Film’s a bit of a tough one. I’ve been avoiding anything too serious, too heavy. I did however enjoy Spike Lee’s new film Da 5 Bloods. It gets a bit daft but it’s worth the watch.

Album...

I recently had Bad Seeds TV on, it's a continuous loop of Bad Seeds videos and I just had it on in the background. A lyric video for the track 'Ghosteen' came on and I was stopped in my tracks. The album came out while we were in the studio so it took me a while to really get into it. I’ve just put the album on now as I write and I’m being balled over by its beauty.

The new Pottery album is also getting a lot of love from me. They’re very high up the list of bands to see once that’s a thing again. I can only imagine that it’d be a ball.

Gadget...

I’ve recently become the proud owner of a ‘proper’ cocktail shaker by which I mean it came with all the gizmos you see in proper places so it was a bit more upmarket than the one we used as a pint glass in our student house. I’m getting myself into espresso martini’s in a big way.

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The Blinders will release new album 'Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath' on July 17th.

Join us on the ad-free creative social network Vero, as we get under the skin of global cultural happenings. Follow Clash Magazine as we skip merrily between clubs, concerts, interviews and photo shoots. Get backstage sneak peeks, exclusive content and access to Clash Live events and a true view into our world as the fun and games unfold.

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Queen’s ‘Greatest Hit’ Notches U.K. Chart Milestone

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The legendary rock outfit’s Greatest Hits (Virgin) album chalks up an impressive milestone by passing 900 weeks on the Official Albums Chart Top 100, and is just the third album to do so.

Released in 1981, the career retrospective is behind just Bob Marley & The Wailers’ 1984 hits album Legend (933 weeks) and Gold compilation, the longest-running U.K. Top 100 album ever, with 949 weeks, according to the Official Charts Company.

There’s one category in which Queen’s Greatest Hits reigns supreme. It’s the best-selling album in British recorded music history with more than six million copies sold, the OCC reports.

The 900-week-plus accomplishment comes at roughly the same time the band celebrates 50 years since their first London gig, on July 18, 1970 at Imperial College, and 35-years since and Co. rocked Wembley Stadium for Live Aid, on July 13, 1985.

Queen’s Greatest Hits enjoyed four weeks at No. 1 and includes the hits “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Flash,” “Killer Queen,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Under Pressure,” their collaboration with David Bowie.

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