RELEASE: Wrapped In Plastic
RELEASE DATE: 24/07/15
RECORD COMPANY: St Marie Records
Blindness is an all female noise pop band consisting of Beth Rettig (vocals, programming, noise), Emma Quick (bass, noise), and Debbie Smith (guitar, feedback,noise), the latter being guitarist for 90’s bands Curve and Echobelly and, later, Snowpony. Beth has a deep, alto voice and may remind you of PJ Harvey in her non-screaming mode. Their music is loud but accessible, a mix of electronic beats, keyboards, and fuzzed out guitar.
“Serves Me Right” is straight from the JAMC playbook, with lots of echo and a huge backdrop. It has a dark, ominous edge, and Beth, Debbie, and Emma could definitely go toe to toe with the Reid brothers! “Last One Dies” has trippy psych filigrees jammed between heavy bass and drums, and is quite the catchy number. Something tells me this is a fun band to see live, though I suspect you’ll leave with your ears bleeding.“Deserving” is another memorable tune with heavy-laden bass reminiscent of Curve, and reminds me of a myriad of dark wave/goth/psych bands. “No One Counts” sounds like starting up at the very beginning, before it moves into smooth, sinuous grooves. “Sunday Morning” is not the Velvets tune, but has a cadence that reminds me of favorite 90s dance hits. In fact, I will go so far as to say that Blindness would fit in perfectly on a 90s playlist. They have that retro thing going for them! “Humming Song” first appeared on the Static Waves 3 compilation and really stands out here too with its slow advance on your senses, before it grabs you by the throat. “Broken” is hitched together with a cool backbeat, shrouds of fuzzed out bass/keyboards, and spacey guitar lines that will send your ears into orbit. “All in One” is smooth dark wave, with throbbing bass, wah wah pedal, and Beth channeling a bit of Toni Halliday. And finally, “Confessions” ups the ante even more and leaves your head buzzing for a long time after it fades away. Recommended for fans of all the aforementioned bands and musical genres.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days “continues to define my existence”. During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.