Feature: Blind Rhythm

My general yardstick of good live music is simple; if you were walking past a pub or club, and heard the music, would you go in? Let’s see…
Blind Rhythm are a hard rocking quartet from Newbury. Despite the slightly dubious connotation with Phil Collins (look him up guys), Something in the Air comes over as southern rock meets post-punk (the point when they learned to play guitar properly!)Sultry fem vox is always a good start, and Freya Pomfret has a maturity of timbre and delivery which belies her short experience of the world. Add some spiky chiaroscuro guitar work, and an anthemic chorus and I am seriously liking this. Well recorded and arranged, but as yet lacking the melodic/chordal progression that audiences will in time demand – gotta come up with at least one criticism, right?. That said, this tune is a rock banger.
Living as One has a slower tempo, about 95 bpm, which, combined with some tasteful staccato guitar reminds me of Thin Lizzy – which, if you’re under thirty and have never heard of them, is a pretty heavy compliment. I couldn’t quite see the point of using a bloke on vocals when they have a seriously good girl to do the same job, but anyway…two decent tracks from an incipient, very young but already pretty accomplished outfit.
And so would I enter the venue? With this band? Like a shot mate, here’s your door tax – two pints and a corner of the dance floor near the speakers, please…
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