The Blinders

NICK THE BLINDER

Nick Sheppard – he of a colourful rock history including The Cortinas and The Clash in the UK and The New Egyptians, Heavy Smoker, The DomNicks and collabs with DJ Charlie Bucket here in Perth – has a new-yet-not-new band that we’re going to see a whole lot more of in 2017.

Nick Sheppard – he of a colourful rock history including The Cortinas and The Clash in the UK and The New Egyptians, Heavy Smoker, The DomNicks and collabs with DJ Charlie Bucket here in Perth – has a new-yet-not-new band that we’re going to see a whole lot more of in 2017.

“The Blinders have been going for a couple of years now,” the singer/guitarist notes, “but a succession of dramas, and life in general, has kept us on hold for most of the last year. Luckily, we are now rehearsing on an extremely regular basis, and are looking forward to recording later in the year.”

The Blinders also feature drummer Marz Frisina and bass player, Hans-Aage Deberitz.

“Marz and I have been playing together for years,” Sheppard says, “since 2003 probably, and most notably in the DomNicks. Hans I met when he dep'd at a rock and roll gig I was doing. I loved his style and filed him away until the Blinders became a thing.”

Sheppard’s always been something of a musicologist, whether playing or living it. He comes with a rich history and a real link to heady ‘70s of London punk that isn’t just England Dreaming. His regular DJ sets are a lesson, if not an ode to the shapeshifting nature of rock’n’roll, through rhythm and blues, reggae, dub, punk, funk and beyond. He says that The Blinders play ‘feral power pop rock and roll blues punk’.

“We have great country tune with a classic power pop lead break in the middle,” he states with some humour. “Its genesis was a poem by Charles Bukowski. We have songs about teenage fan worship, books, middle-aged frustration, mistakes, love and fire trucks. There are a couple of political ones in there as well, something I haven't been comfortable with until now.”

There’s apparently plenty of songs in the tank, though Sheppard wants to audience test as much as possible before settling on an album’s worth and committing them to vinyl for a release that will be recorded as live as is possible.

“I love the space being in a three-piece affords me,” he says, “and I'm really learning to appreciate the stuff we leave out as much as the stuff we put in. Don't panic, we're still rock; but I'm loving the push and the pull and the air in between.”

The Blinders play Babushka on Saturday March 25, with special guests, Foxton Kings.