Blindspott Newsletter Interview
25 Sep 2006 // An interview by Shade
Blindspott released 'End The Silence' in May 2006. 'End The Silence' is an intensely heavy experience, both in terms of pure metal carnage, but also emotionally. Alexander’s lyrics reflect extremely personal themes, from the birth of his child Charlotte, to the wreckage of failed relationships. Overriding everything though is a relentlessly optimistic sentiment. Overcoming adversity, rising above the hardship to prevail.
Thanks to Marcus for answering these questions.
1) Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?
Mine are Shapeshifter and The Have at the moment
2) What is your favourite NZ venue?
Esplanade in Christchurch is pretty mongrel, definitely a favourite
3) What is the best thing about being in Blindspott?
It's my dream job. Being a musician that is successful
4) What is the best live gig you have ever been to?
Summer Sonic in Tokyo just recently. Metallica headlined with a 20 year anniversary of Master of Puppets set. Brought back all the childhood memories.
5) Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Playing at the Ozfest mate!
6) How do you keep in contact with your fans?
As much as we can through our website and on myspace. We try our hardest to answer them all.
7) What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?
Shelton has a new boyfriend.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Do what ya love. Passion and drive will help you succeed. Always be honest with ya music and you'll be fine.
May 29th will see the release of the second full-length album 'End The Silence' from West Auckland’s finest metal advocates, Blindspott.
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This record marks numerous departures for the band that has evolved considerably since they burst onto the local music scene in 2002 with their self-titled debut.
Blindspott’s grassroots fan-base was such that that their first album debuted at number one in the New Zealand charts. It was an album that spawned multiple hits including the singles 'Phlex', 'Nil by Mouth', 'Room to Breathe' and 'S.U.I.T'. It was a shot in the arm for the country’s metal scene, and provided the impetus and confidence that has subsequently lead to the genre now thriving. The impact the band had on the otherwise arid scene spotlighted them for bigger things. They went onto major league success throughout South-east Asia, playing to crowds as big as 70,000 in Indonesia.