Punkadelic Messrs Thomas Haywood (Vocals/Guitar), Charlie McGough (Bass), Matt Neale (Drums)- AKA rip-roaring Manchester-based three-piece ‘The Blinders’- will hark back to 2017 fondly, provided they are capable of remembering it.

Currently leading the vanguard for iconoclastic Rock-and-Roll promoters ‘This Feeling,’ few superlatives remain to bestow upon The Blinders. In any case, we will give it a crack. Tumultuous, anthemic, and just downright dirty, the trio’s vociferous live outings are simply eruptive. Transferring that aggression into the studio is no easy feat, yet records such as ‘Swine’ and ‘Ramona Flowers’ manage to carry forward the dynamism that gives The Blinders their unique place on the current scene.

Fresh from a thumping set supporting Cabbage’s homecoming show at Manchester’s 1,500 capacity The Ritz, The Blinders gifted us their new single ‘Brave New World.’ With artwork that could be straight out of William S. Burroughs dystopian land of Interzone- an infamous ridicule of 1950s American politics and culture- updated with Donald Trump centre stage, ‘Brave New World’ taps straight into the vein of political apathy so widely felt by the youth of today.

Shrewdly littering tongue-in-cheek satirical lyrics throughout ‘Brave New World’- straight off the bat quipping “In come the idiot king / he build a wall and he build it high / but did you know that it’s made out of pie?”- The Blinders excel in what they do well. It’s sharp, contemporary, and humorous. “Oh to be / from the land of the free!” cries Haywood over the grunge-laden punchy chorus guitar chugs, a sarcastic nod to a disenfranchised audience.

Musically aggressive but somewhat spacious, the main body of the song is held on by the taut rhythms and beats of McGough and Neale, akin to the rigours of a soldiers march ready to break pattern at any time. This finally happens over the finishing third where the song descends into a disorder mirroring the bands distaste of the current political climate.

In short ‘Brave New World’ is a protest song- and it works. Harvesting the silver-tongue of Salfordian John Cooper Clarke with splashes of Nick Cave (coincidentally McGough’s doppelganger) and The Fall, The Blinders should be sitting proud on the top of your gig list.

Words: Ross Anthony
Photo: Stuart Daley