Back in February, Blind Atlas held an “art happening” event upstairs at Odder Bar, Manchester. The idea was that the listeners, both established fans and those new to their work, would respond through art (drawing, mark making, sculpting) to their new single “Iron Wall”. This is the resulting documentary; produced by INTO productions, the film also features rehearsal and interview footage with the band.
Release date: 29/8/2011(Fallen Swine)
Hailing from Denver [Colorado USA] and disparate points around the UK, Blind Atlas came together in the bohemian suburbs of south Manchester; Led by singer/guitarist Ross Thompson, the band concoct a new take on American alternative country and classic British Rock ‘n’ Roll. Blind Atlas have notched up headline slots at some of the most iconic venues in the city, as well as supporting the likes of Blitzen Trapper, The Bees, Buffalo Tom, Liam Frost, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Deadstring Brothers, The Features, The Acorn and The Travelling Band.
The Earlies were at the production helm again for their 3 track EP “Iron Wall”. The title track is an epic sounding beast, throbbing with a native American rhythm and building to a soaring crescendo. This is usually the high-impact finale to their live performances:
Listen to Iron Wall by Blind Atlas:
Swapping their electric guitars for acoustic instruments, the laid-back country vibe of “Mary Anne” evokes the likes of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. A live favourite, this is another perfect example of the trademark Blind Atlas sound.
Listen to Mary-Anne by Blind Atlas:
“My Proud Mountains”, a cover of the Townes Van Zandt recording of 1969, is a long time favourite of the band. Blind Atlas have beautifully reworked the song, demonstrating their skillfully plaintive vocals and sparse arrangements. Nostalgic, melancholic and impossible to listen to just once.
Listen to My Proud Mountains by Blind Atlas: