I just discovered the band Blind Atlas this morning and their sound really did tickle my musical taste-buds, they sound bloody great, brightened up my morning no end! They hail from Denver and disparate points around the U.K. and came together in the bohemian suburbs of south Manchester.
Their influences range from The Rolling Stones to Townes Van Zandt right through to artists such as Calexico and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. They’ve been making a name for themselves at some of Manchester’s most iconic venues, as well as supporting the likes of Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Deadstring Brothers, The Features, The Acorn, The Travelling Band, Blitzen Trapper, Buffalo Tom and The Bees.
Based on what I’ve been listening to I’d say they will definately be very big! Led by singer/guitarist Ross Thompson, they describe their sound expertly combining the traditional melancholy of the classic Northern sound with the boozy soul of American alternative country, think Ryan Adams fronting The Black Keys, or perhaps Fleet Foxes with a Led Zeppelin fixation and clearly all designed to soundtrack long, whisky-addled nights of anguished soul-searching.
That’s an apt description. Listen below:
Iron Wall Documentary
My Proud Mountains