Last night, London’s Scala was packed for what was arguably the most anticipated gig of the year, certainly of the month; upon selling out The Lexington and The Garage last year, The Blinders returned to the capital with a blinding Scala headline. Ambitious and bold, yet naturally triumphant, the Doncaster trio blew the roof off the venue, with support from the formidable Kid Kapichi and The Ninth Wave
Kid Kapichi opened the gig, and set an incredibly powerful precedent for the rowdy punk vigour which was to follow when The Blinders took to the stage. Full of valour and a nasty grungy zest, the heaviness and deafening riffs from the four piece was overwhelming, monstrous and unruly in nature. I saw them last week supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and seeing them jump from a 200 capacity venue to an 800 capacity one had a very natural feel to it; you can tell by the passion and angst embedded in their music that the band feel their music, and this resonated brilliantly with the receptive and passionate audience, a good few of whom had clearly attended the gig just to catch the band who are on everyone’s lips right now (myself included). The band’s set list was comprised of tracks like 2019, Glitterati, Jack Jones, Take It On The Chin, and personal favourites Puppet Strings and Revolver. Demolishing the stage in their heavy footed vicious stride, the energy and wild vigour Kid Kapichi possess live is dynamic, and the ear-splitting valour they have is bold and impassioned. They have a very special and unique dynamism to them, and it’s the lyrically forceful brutality and scarring, emphatic heaviness of the riffs which makes them so engaging and truly brilliant. Kid Kapichi – you are a fucking special band.
Next to play were The Ninth Wave, a band who are being hotly tipped left, right and centre. They lacked the scatty edge and punk DIY grit that Kid Kapichi embodied so heavily, but were more so a vocals based, artsy synth-punk band. Immediately resonating an 80s aura in terms of their look, they focused on harmonies and actual singing a lot more; the tuneless shouting and cocky punk screeches a lot of bands encapsulate at the moment is one of my favourite elements of rock music, but it was quite refreshing to see a band whose auras focused around the paired vocals of Amelia and Haydyn, Haydn’s vocals extremely reminiscent of HMLTD vocalist Henry Spychalski. The Ninth Wave used a lot of guitar licks layered over heavy synth patterns, which, whilst lovely to listen to, did seem to merge into one sound overall, which I would have liked to see adapt and evolve as their set went on.
And finally for The Blinders; a band Indie Underground has tipped for years now. Seeing them in a practically sold out Scala was incredibly overwhelming, as was seeing the overzealous crowd who seemed to crave the band, moshing and singing away to every track – you know you’re on the way to something special when people sing your own riffs back at you, a crowd reaction most prominent when they played Swine and Ramona Flowers. The Blinders’ talent really is immense; they possess such a wonderfully retro punk sound, which when played live just crashes into a raucous bubble of dirty riffs and slitting scarring vocals.
Black paint smeared down on his face, Thomas repeatedly took to the crowd in his unique stance, taking in the audience with his sultry gaze as he screeched political sirens at them. The politicised darkness to the band, fuelled by moaning sirens and anti-authoritarianism mantras which ran for a good few minutes before the band took to the stage, gives them a certain sense of depth and interest, which is always extremely exciting to see on stage as crowds react differently to them each time they play. Last night’s crowd was full of moshing, the insatiable urges of fans at one point turning the entire standing section of the venue into one huge circle pit. Sweaty and rowdy, The Blinders played a ridiculously good set list, including performances of Hate Song, Brutus, ICB Blues, and a couple of new tracks.
Deafening and violent, the band were blinding, and seeing them in the iconic Scala was a very proud moment; keep up to date with The Blinders here
©Photos by the incredible Keira Cullinane