It is by no means an understatement to say that The Blinders focuses on the viewing perspective. The perspectives of the heart and soul add depth and structure to her third album, aptly titled "Beholder."
For each song on this album, singer and guitarist Thomas Haywood vividly imagined the scenes he was describing in his head, taking on the role of viewer. In his case, this angle even has real biographical significance, as during the tours supporting the first two albums he covered his face with black, mask-like war paint, which ran into his eyes through sweat and almost impaired his vision. Perhaps this is why he developed a particular sensitivity to the nature of perception and how it defines the experience of audiences and artists alike.
The Blinders' new songs demonstrate creative freedom, which is not least due to the significant changes in the band's line-up. After their previous drummer Matthew Neale left the band, Cass Castrey took over drums, while keyboardist Johnny James and Cabbage and Twisted Wheel guitarist Eoghan Clifford also joined.
This new sound from the Blinders can be heard in the album's first track, "Brakelights", which presents itself as the perfect introduction to the new work and is characterized by a dark, atmospheric intensity that extends throughout the other nine tracks on the album. This becomes evident when The Blinders come to Berlin.