The Blind Spots
This all original, female-fronted, five-piece band is driving hard at bigger things and has been busier than ever justifying the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown pf Ithaca, NY and throughout the region. The band just gets better, with its charging, groove-thick rhythm section, eclectic library of vintage and synth keyboard sounds, and its bold and inventive electric guitar stylings. Electrifying lead vocalist and force of nature Maddy Walsh possesses that instantly recognizable raw talent that makes each Blind Spots show an experience that audience members walk away raving about.
Upon entering its fourth year, it’s clear that the band is no longer a baby; the group has matured at an incredible rate. Its members all attest that the recent recognition they’ve garnered isn't a stroke of luck, but has come from some seriously hard work. “We’ve put in have a lot of hours together,” says lead guitarist and co-founder Mike Suave. “We’re lucky to have a group of such dedicated people working toward a common goal and all thinking about the future.” It’s the dedication to writing new material and rehearsing, the members' refusal to slow down, and their shared love of the music they make together that continues to propel The Blind Spots forward and set them apart.
Since the release of their debut album, El Camino Dream , a well-loved tight and inspired ten-song collection that showcases the band’s energy and expansive creativity, The Blind Spots have played a handful of the northeast’s well-renowned clubs and have been invited to play at a number of summer festivals, including the Sterling Stage Folk Fest [http://www.sterlingstage.com] and the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance [www.grassrootsfest.org], where they packed the Cabaret Hall so tightly that some of their proud family members couldn’t squeeze in.
In a musical-minded town teeming with talented artists, The Blind Spots have really had to earn their notoriety. “Ithaca is a great place to come from if you’re a serious musician... It's a rich training ground,” says Walsh. Ithaca serves now as a supportive springboard that allows The Blind Spots to catapult into new areas, and they plan to continue expanding their radius. Since their 2011 and 2012 performances at The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance they’ve enjoyed gracious reception on some larger stages, including the Homer Center for the Arts, the Corning Museum of Glass, and at a few colleges including the University of Vermont, SUNY Brockport. Cornell University, and Elmira College.
The band recently released a highly anticipated, charging six-song EP called Small Stampede [October 26, 2012], which was recorded and produced at both Electric Wilburland Studios in Newfield, NY with Will Russell, (who mastered El Camino Dream), and at the legendary Pyramid Sound in downtown Ithaca with Alex Perialas. The album was also mastered at Georgetown Masters in Nashville, TN. Keep an eye on The Blind Spots, as they are on their way to winning the hearts of new devotees.