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Blindside Dropped?
August 19, 2004
Recent rumors suggest that Elektra Records have dropped Blindside from their roster. The band's recent show in NYC at C.B.G.B.'s was reportedly attended by quite a few smart A&R's from other labels looking to snatch the band up ASAP. If the rumor is true, Elektra has no sense of what good music is. Dropping Blindside and keeping Damageplan? OK SMART GUYS.

In somewhat related news, Universal pulled the plug on Flaw...finally.
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HOME TOWN: Stockholm, Sweeden
Christian (vocals)
Simon (guitar)
Marcus (drums)
Tomas (bass)

Blindside's new album reflects the growth and maturation of a band that's been road-tested (an 11-month live stint before hitting the studio again) and more determined than ever to make the kind of album that defines the group's heart and soul. The 'fire' charismatic frontman/songwriter Christian sings about on their second Elektra disk definitely burns within, but the crunching title song does not overshadow some of the less boisterous songs on the album. A willingness to comb the raw edges that the group displayed on their acclaimed debut, Silence, is in full display here, but tempered with what Christian calls 'an open mind,' about the musical compass of the band. Songs like Hooray, It's L.A. which features searing guitar work by none other than Billy Corgan, and the pared down first single from the CD All Of Us, cut to the heart of Blindside in ways that will surprise fans and critics alike. I see a lot of growth on this record, says Christian. We never approach the studio and say 'Ok we're going to do this or that.' We didn't say to ourselves: 'OK, we're going to make this album less hard or anything.' We like to live in the moment, especially when recording. But on the other hand we're not afraid to be open. You hear it in the playing. Marcus (drummer) really stepped up on this one. And Simon (guitar) has always had a strong melodic sense in his playing even though he comes from a heavier approach because he likes that kind of sound. Here he's a bit less aggressive. You can hear Simon (bass) better. Last record we had almost a wall of sound. This record you can hear everyone's playing pretty clear which is very cool. Simon agrees, adding that producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., among others), who helmed the first Blindside album, seemed to be instinctively on board with the musical direction of the band. He saw quickly we had some different ideas, that we were naturally sounding not as big, and he loved it. Simon even reached for some technical inspiration on Marcus, incorporating some vintage guitars into his playing. Not for any retro thing or anything, but I just wanted to try a different approach. The way I play on the record, it sounds like me but you can feel a difference there. I had been playing one kind of guitar for so long I wanted to shake it up. That's the attitude we had here. We even have string arrangements on one song. We brought in a trumpet. We wanted to take this somewhere we hadn't gone before but not be experimental just to be experimental. We never compromised the songwriting process. A process, by the way, that is as painstaking as ever. We've always been slow about making the song just right, says Christian. Methodical. Everyone has a say. Everyone has to be satisfied. As creator of the band's lyrics, he says coming up with the right verses is a delicate combination of inspiration and work ethic. For a song like 'Marcus,' it actually came to me at a country house in the summer. I was taking a walk. It never gets too dark in Sweden in the summertime and there was this magnificent, long sunset. I heard the melody in my head. It was just there. I was so excited. Simon says the more time the group spends in the studio, the more their gears seem to be working in unison. On a song like 'All Of Us,' it started meshing as one of the last ones we did. Everything just clicked musically. On the other hand, it took Christian longer to come up with lyrics for that one. But when he finally attempted the vocal it all came together unbelievably. Christian picks up the story: It was one of those moments where you just sing it through. We had this super-expensive microphone not designed for hands-on, if you know what I mean, but suddenly I was just holding it like I do live and I kind of went into my own world. We're very proud of that song. It's about how everyone searches for a safe place in this world but a lot of people end up looking in all the wrong places. For Blindside, their comfort zone has always been Sweden, of course, but the splash they made in America with Silence has caused them to remain high on the list of promising rock bands for '04. Formed in 1994, the four members have been friends since childhood. They established their solid-as-a-rock rep by releasing two indie records before signing with major label Elektra. Patience has been the hallmark of their steady climb, breaking away from the rest of the pack of Swedish rock bands with a muscular live intensity honed by constant touring, appearing with groups such as Linkin Park, Hoobastank, Papa Roach and Mudvayne in the last couple of years. Christian's probing lyrics, coupled with the group's visceral musical landscapes made Silence, their first Elektra release, an album to reckon with last year. The first single Pitiful became a hard rock anthem that gave the band their fist taste of alternative radio success in the U.S. The new album signals how far the group has come from those early days, or even from their American debut with Silence. But when asked to compare themes from this album to last, Christian hesitates. We really don't work with themes in mind, though we do realize the titles of the two albums contrast each other in more than one way. On the last record, 'Silence' was different from the other songs in that it was not that hard. On this album, 'Marcus' is not necessarily representative of the new album because it is so hard, yet it's the title. The idea of contrast has always appealed to me. The idea that there's more there than meets the eye. It touches on where we come from, spiritually, too. As far as expectations go for the new album, both Simon and Christian leave that to the prognosticators. I think the fact that we grew up together, have played live together for along time with no one forcing us to be a certain way has grounded us. We certainly know the industry a lot better now, and we'll use that, but the core of Blindside is making the best music we know how to make. Adds Christian: There's a lot of fear in this industry right now. But we've always come from a different place. I love this band, but at the same time my identity isn't just Christian from Blindside. That goes for the rest of the group. In this business everyone is playing a guessing game. We just go where we need to go. We don't always know where that is ourselves, but in the end, we always get there.