Singer Christian has been inspired by South Africa and its strange tragedies and dichotomous society and has sung about these feelings and emotions in the latest Blindside album, ‘The Great Depression’, at the same time inspiring many local artistes and developing his band into an underground core favourite in SA. When front man and lyricist Christian Lindskog returned from a deeply affecting trip to South Africa earlier this year, inspiration hit, the band followed and ‘The Great Depression’ was born.
’The Great Depression’ the Swedish band’s fifth album, was produced by Lasse “Lars” Marten and proudly displays its musical diversity on part Rage Against the Machine, part Franz Ferdinand opener ‘This Is A Heart Attack,’ before diving into melodic crunchers, classic and punk-propelled hardcore.
Blindside – Christian Lindskog, guitarist Simon Grenehed, drummer Marcus Dahlstrom and bassist Tomas Naslund – was born a decade ago in the suburbs of Stockholm. When they formed the band in their late teens, inspired by American metal and grunge and the then-burgeoning alt-rock music scene at home, they weren’t very accomplished musicians, to say the least, Lindskog laughs, ’The good thing was that we sucked equally. And we started growing together.’
But while the band’s music and relationships have changed and evolved, its goal has remained the same, says Grenehed. ’For us,’ he says, ’it’s always been about trying to get a positive message out there, some kind of hope. That’s the main purpose in both writing music and playing live. That’s the thing that we always come back to.’
Saturday, 30th of Sept: Woodstock 8 – Hartebeespoort– North West Province
Headline performance at Woodstock 8, Hartbeespoort. Half-day tickets for the festival are available at R150 at the venue from 08h00. Full weekend tickets are available at Computicket and Look and Listen stores in Gauteng and KZN. Blindside performs on Stage One.
Tuesday, 3rd of October: The Mercury Live – Cape Town
Performance with 16Stitch and Tonight We Die.
Doors open 19h00.
Tickets: R70 pre-sale from the venue or R90 at the door on the night.
Thursday, 5th of October: Foundry Fly Lounge in Pretoria
Performance with 16Stitch and Subrosa.
Pre-sale tickets R70 from the venue or R90 at the door.
Tickets very limited. Full menu available.
Open to all ages.
Friday, 6th of October: Tempo’s
Two stages, 3 bars, full menu available.
Performances with 16Stitch, Wickhead, Pestroy, Starseed (UK), Unlisted, Velve
Doors open at 18h00. First band on at 19h00.
Open to all ages.
Pre-sale tickets R80 or R100 at the door.
Saturday, 7th of October: Burn Nightclub in Durban
Performance with 16Stitch and Nemesis Army.
Doors open at 20h00.
Tickets R80 presale or R100 at the door. Strictly over 18’s only