CAT # PCD079 / PV026
Recorded & Produced by: Todd Fishwick @ Wail Records
Mastered by: Al Smith @ Begerk! Studios
Art and Layout by: Adam Richings
BLINDSPOT – Final Allure CD/LP
- Gas Lit Manthem
- Heart Half Full
- Dark and Stormy
- The Right Swipe
- All Fall Down
- Thanks For Asking
- Middle Class
Perth's BLINDSPOT dish up their long awaited second album ‘Final Allure’ on Pee Records after two self-released EPs and an album. You can expect more beer fuelled, party infused, passionate punk rock covering all the important topics of today like finding a date online to the slow painful process of watching a marriage decompose while learning to let go of the past. Ten tracks of catchy and uplifting sing-along punk rock tunes for fans of melodic skate punk.
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BLINDSPOT - Final Allure
Perth’s Blindspot are a staple of the local punk scene; a drunken, fun, banter filled staple, in which the fans know a Blindspot performance is going to lead to laughs, frivolity and good times. After the 2013 release of their debut Drink and Laugh, and subsequent EP releases, the boys have signed to PEE Records and are about to release Final Allure, an album that very much encapsulates singer’s Ben Swain’s marriage break up and the ensuing mess, fun and feelings.
Opening with ‘Gas Lit Manthem’, a song that has been getting some play on Triple J’s short.fast.loud, the album opens with a memorable hook and an insistent drum beat, courtesy of Steve McCormack. It is a fine opening track that shows the musical maturity the band have undergone since the more simplistic Drink and Laugh. ‘Heart Half Full’ continues the upbeat skater punk tone set by ‘Gas Lit Manthem’, with its heart on its sleeve, about moving on from previously mentioned said break up.
With an opening guitar riff reminiscent of, many 90’s skate punk bands, ‘Zuckerpunch’ takes a swipe at our collective chosen ignorance of privacy laws by global companies. It’s bristling momentum underlies the social message of the song- Facebook is bad, but we don’t care? ‘Dark and Stormy’ takes it down a notch, with its atmospheric opening; its soft drumming and gentle guitar riff and Aaron Graham and Ben Swain sharing vocal duties, before the song kicks it up again, for the chorus.
‘The Right Swipe’ begins with a jaunty, cheerful tune, which reflects the sense of hope and promise when one starts to date again, after a breakup. It is the most pop infused song on the album and the video clip is worth checking out, because it is freaking hilarious! Drinking beer and chanting is synonymous with punk rock and ‘All Fall Down’ perfectly encapsulates those moments; with the band taking the piss out of themselves. If you love Blindspot’s older stuff, this is like that, with an added groovy guitar riff before the coda.
Taking on the more serious topic of depression, ‘Thanks For Asking’ explores the issue through an untraditional lens. It’s catchy and darkly humorous. ‘Middle Class’ opens to a drum beat one would find on a Me First and The Gimme Gimmes track, before heading into heavier punk rock territory, with its rolling drum beats and slightly fuzzy guitar work. While ‘Cellophane’ is the TV show Dexter as a punk song; disturbing, with its moments of quiet brilliance and moments of bizarre- weirdness and is literally about wrapping someone in cellophane. The final track ‘Wanker’ is a crowd pleaser, with its simple yet effective message “Don’t be a wanker/ You’re mates will thank ya.”
As a collection of songs Final Allure is musically and lyrically more sophisticated and mature compared to Drink and Laugh, yet still includes that cheeky larrikin charm that have made Blindspot so popular in the Perth scene. If you’re looking for an Aussie band to get behind and you like your punk influenced by the 90’s scene, with more than a dollop of tongue in cheek humour, get on board the Blindspot train.
Review by Carys Hurcom
Kraykulla Webzine (Croatia)
BLINDSPOT - Final Allure
Australian scene is alive and well, triving and pulsing with excellent bands and Blindspot from Perth released their long awaited second full length album with Pee Records. The new record offers ten beautiful songs of energetic not too fast melodic punk done with heart and soul, the material reminded me a lot of Face To Face, especially one of my highlights called Zuckerpunch. The vocals and harmonies are great, sharp but melodic, some great song structure solutions like fantastic Dark And Stormy get under your skin and just refuse to leave from your head long time after listening. These guys have done a superb record, I am sure it can safely enter top ten best records released this year in melodic punkrock scene. Check out songs like All Fall Down or Middle Class if you don˙t believe.
BLINDSPOT - Final Allure
I spent a lot of time going to see bands like The Meanies, Body Jar, Frenzal Rhomb, Area 7 and an all but unknown The Living End, back in my late teens. It was a simpler time in my life – no bills, no worries. As I listen to Final Allure, a smile spreads across my face, because it successfully transports me back to those days.
Blindspot are a Perth based punk rock outfit, who have gigged relentlessly since their 2011 formation, earning support slots with the likes of Black Flag and Agent Orange along the way. For their latest release, Blindspot really have raised the bar. The lyrics are relatable and often tongue in cheek, the playing is exactly as it needs to be, and the whole record comes off as a perfectly modern take on punk rock.
Ten tracks, spread over thirty one minutes in total, make this a very easy listen. From the opening track, Gaslight Anthem, I’m instantly hooked. It’s catchy, but raw and has an urgency to it that is extremely easy to engage with.
Heart Half Full is bolstered by an infectious riff and a chorus that will have punters singing along and pumping their fists high in the air. Zuckerpunch sees the band take a look at social media and the manipulation of our information for advertising purposes.
Something slightly different comes our way in the form of Dark and Stormy. It begins with a slow and moody intro, but when it properly fires up, it’s bouncy and rather huge. This is fantastically well done. Some excellent guitar work later in the piece really helps to carry home the overall track.
The Right Swipe is a fun, tongue in cheek look at dating in the 21st century. Personally, I’ve been with my wife for twelve years, so I’m not at all up to speed on Tinder or how it all works, but listening to stories from friends and co-workers, this song actually seems to be a legit portrayal of Tinder dating. Regardless, this is a rollicking good time, and is the highlight of the album for me.
There is a groove and swagger to All Fall Down that is hard to ignore. This is an insiders view of a punk rock show, and how it all comes together. It’s chaotic and awesome – another highlight – and I love lyrics like “the singers in the toilet writing the lyrics, and we don’t even know if he’s gonna finish.” Brilliant!
Thanks for Asking is fast paced and frantic, with a vocal delivery that really grabs you. Lyrically, Blindspot address depression, but in a totally different way than you might think. It’s not a downer, and remains completely entertaining.
Middle Class is driven by mighty guitar riffs and lightning paced drumming. This song is like a cross between Smash era Offspring and early Living End. It’s fantastic stuff.
Cellophane is a slower paced affair. You might mistake it for a ballad, and I guess it is to a degree, but with a much darker spin – listen closely to the lyrics. I’ll give you no spoilers, just listen to the words. It’s a piece of twisted brilliance, and I love it.
Wanker is our closer, and Blindspot really turn up the intensity here. It’s fast and furious, with excellent guitar work and some great rhythm, with the bass guitar becoming the star at times. This will be a crowd pleaser, and possibly a killer set opener.
Blindspot are fucking awesome, ‘nuff said.
Review by: Shayne McGowan.