Video Of The Week – The Blinders L’etat C’est Moi:
It is the year of a Royal Wedding, in a land economically and ideologically divided, where the media is nothing more than a fawning deferential lickspittle to an archaic monarchy. This is a place in which the homeless are removed from town centres lest they offend the monied ‘Pimms’ quaffing revellers who have arrived to swear allegiance to the newly wedded royal couple. Yet within this kingdom, the natives are growing restless.
Above a blitzkrieg of pulverising guitars and percussion the feral roar of ‘L’etat C’est Moi’ (‘I am The State’ ) from The Blinders frontman Thomas Hayward seems to capture and channel the anger of generation sick of a country in which the old discredited political system works for the privileged few not the many. What perhaps is most impressive about The Blinders isn’t just their explosive music but also their unwavering self-belief and a genuine desire to shake things up. And it’s this fearlessness, this ability to connect and consequently empower the audience on a visceral level that makes them such a thrilling and compelling live unit. Indeed it’s on stage, where they go eyeball to eyeball with their audience that The Blinders excel. Singer and guitarist Thomas may adorn his face with the sort of warpaint that recalls Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke, but it’s a statement of their intent rather than an echo of what has gone before, this young band are very much blazing their own trail, doing it on their own terms without pretence, arch wankery or lofty pretention. Some artists just have that innate understanding of rock n roll, of its primal power and the possibility it affords to kick against the pricks.
The performance video for their latest single ‘L’etat C’est Moi’ manages to capture some of the bands live energy, but to really appreciate just how intense they are you simply must see them live. They are without a doubt one of the most exciting band’s we’ve seen in our recent years of gig going and if they continue on this trajectory their forthcoming debut album looks set to be a classic.
It appears The Blinders missed the memo that guitar music was dead.