The Blinders // Electric Kool-Aid (Pt 1) // EP Review
Starting with a simplistic yet catchy Psychedelic-Punk riff and repetitive vocals creates a great ambience with the title and opening track of The Blinders newest EP Electric Kool-Aid. With a seamless transition into Barefoot Across Your Water. Having never heard of The Blinders before this EP, I had no idea what I was truly getting into when taking it on to review, but the first two tracks alone set up a great blend of Art-Punk and Indie Rock that manages to sound familiar yet refreshing at the same time.
As I moved along the EP, the third track City We Call Love, was when I finally got what The Blinders were going for with their sound. Blending modern Arctic Monkeys with elements of IDLES to create the familiarity that was felt at the start, but never to a point that feels derogative. Track 4, The Writer is my personal highlight with its intense bass lead riffs and chorus that effortlessly explodes.
Closing the EP is Hate To See You Tortured, with some incredibly catchy songwriting alongside an incredibly upbeat and cheerful instrumental beneath depressing and raw lyrics.
Electric Kool-Aid is a great release with some great ideas and an awful lot of thought put into each aspect of the structure of the release, but I wish it was longer. If you’re a fan of Arctic Monkeys, IDLES or even just Art-Punk as a genre the chances are you’ll have a great time with this release.