The Yorkshire outfit are back with what is a powerful and dark sophomore record ‘Fantasies of A Stay At Home Psychopath’.
Opening up the record, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ starts with bells; it’s a mood setter and creates an eerie feeling for this outfit. It’s about to take you on a journey, that in fact, isn’t going to be a smooth one. This track is a brief introduction into what you’re about to endure.
Following on, ‘Forty Days and Forty Nights’ it roars with sultry drum beats, then a ripping guitar strum comes in. It’s wicked, and heavy and Thomas Haywood’s vocals are husky, which fits with the dark lyrics perfectly.
‘Lunatic (With A Loaded Gun)’ Starts with lyrics that tells a story of global issues that are never focussed on within the media. “There are children in Cages on Monday’s front pages”. Its predominately drum based, with a stormy, wailing guitar in the background. ‘Circle Song’ Carries on from ‘Lunatic (With A Loaded Gun)’ And, all of the guitar and drum sounds are impressive, it’s beautifully written, lovely lyrics and has a nice, calming feel to it. It’s different from the past three tracks which ultimately makes this a stand out tune. It hails on its own two feet and glimmers in its own glory.
‘I Want Gold’ offers a stunning effect on the vocals, making a U-turn to its natural sound of dark and haunting. The instrumental casts a spell on you, it’s divine. ‘Interlude’ follows, with smooth piano sounds, it’s a spoken word song that a spectacular narrative to it. The nice, delicate, cymbals sounds are like something that should be of a film soundtrack. As the guitar riffs and heavy, soul crushing drums make it’s brilliant come back, ‘Mule Track’ this song will be among one of the fan favourites and one that would be impressive live, it sure will be a bloody stomper. ‘Rage at The Dying Light’ tones it down, but the weight is on the lyrics and how important they are. Front man Thomas Haywood sure knows how to pull it out of the bag every single time.
‘From Nothing to Abundance’ The drums take centre stage, they’re predominate on this album, which helps the tone and message the band are going for; belting anthems and a concoction of loud and smooth – it works well. ‘Black Glass’ is a whole big firepit of noise, but good noise. As the cymbals chime, with a heavy drum hit, every single element is heard of. And as we reach the end of ‘Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath’, the final chapter ‘In This Decade’, we are presented with acoustic guitars and emotion – a perfect way to end a perfect album. It’s beautiful and soothing.
Overall, The Blinders have completely outdone themselves with this record. A wonderful story-telling mind-boggling journey. The group of three from Doncaster had an idea of the way they wanted to go, and absolutely smashed it. It’s a very exciting time for the band the only way is up, from here.
Words by Harry Collis