“Headache” from Blessed’s new II EP simulates the essence of the track’s title with out the annoyance or struggling of an precise migraine. It’s a fidgety post-punk jamboree with chord strums that minimize like sharp-edged corners and mimic the sound of angrily joggling a locked or jammed door. “Headache” additionally incorporates clear, jarring guitar strains, arpegiated sequences convey euphoric urgency, and sporadic articulations of brief phrases like “poor circulation” and “mass incorporation,” which might very effectively be the reason for the Vancouver quartet’s skull irritation.
So, yeah, there’s lots happening right here. Guitarist/vocalist Drew Riekman gave us a clearer understanding of the place his head was at:
I keep in mind we had been driving someplace in Ontario once I was writing the lyrics on my cellphone. We had been driving for an immense period of time, it might have been popping out of Northern Ontario which in my view is the worst drive in Canada, regardless of it’s magnificence. If you’re not within the temper to be doing it, it may be grating. I used to be coping with a normal anxiousness, a small headache, not sufficient water, passing by a bunch of similar homes and new developments getting into southern Ontario. It was simply sentence fragments that encapsulated one million tiny exterior forces making a single anxious feeling.
Listen to “Headache” beneath.
Blessed tour dates: 05/05 Mission, British Columbia @ Captains Cabin W/ Loans, Western Jaguar, Jenny Banai 05/06 Vancouver, British Columbia @ 333 W/ Mi’ens, jo handed, Dead Soft 05/10 Seattle, Washington 05/11 Portland, Oregon @ High Water Mark Lounge W/ U SCO, Hang The Old Year 05/12 Oakland, California – The Night Light 05/13 San Francisco, California 05/15 Santa Barbara, California @ FUNZONE 05/16 Fullerton, California 05/17 San Diego, California @ Che Café Collective 05/18 Pomona, California 05/19 Los Angeles, California @ The Smell 05/20 Tuscon, Arizona @ The Flycatcher 05/21 Phoenix, Arizona @ The Lunchbox 05/23 Albuquerque, New Mexico @ The Fly Honey Warehouse 05/24 El Paso, Texas @ Boomtown 05/25 San Antonio, Texas 05/26 Austin, Texas @ Beerland, Texas 05/27 Denton, Texas 05/28 Houston, Texas 05/30 New Orleans, Louisiana 05/31 Little Rock, Arkansas 06/01 Fayetteville, Arkansas @ Backspace 06/02 Memphis, Tennessee 06/03 Nashville, Tennessee 06/04 Birmingham, Alabama @ The Nick Rocks 06/06 Atlanta, Georgia @ 529 06/07 Durham, North Carolina @ The Cave 06/08 Raleigh, North Carolina @ Slim’s Distillery 06/09 Richmond, Virginia 06/10 Washington, DC 06/11 Baltimore, Maryland 06/13Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Kung Fu Necktie 06/14 Anywhere, New Jersey 06/15 New York, New York 06/16 Boston, Mass. @ O’Briens 06/17 Montreal, Quebec @ Turbo Haüs 06/20 Ottawa, Ontario w/ Dead Soft 06/21 Windsor, Ontario @ Phog Lounge W/ Baby Labour Dead Soft 06/22 Guelph, Ontario w/ Baby Labour 06/23 Toronto, Ontario @ Smiling Buddha Cabaret W/ Baby Labour 06/24 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 06/25 Akron, Ohio 06/26 Cleveland, Ohio @ Now That’s Class 06/27 Detroit, Michigan 06/28 Kalamazoo, Michigan @ Headquarters 06/29 Bloomington, Indiana 06/30 Champaign, Illinois 07/01 Chicago, Illinois 07/02 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 07/04 Madison, Wisconsin 07/05 Minneapolis, Minnesota 07/07 Winnipeg, Manitoba 07/08 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Vangelis Tavern 07/09 Edmonton, Alberta @ The Buckingham W/ Gary Debussy 07/12 Lethbridge, Alberta 07/13 Calgary, Alberta @ The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club 07/15 Victoria, British Columbia @ Logan’s Pub
II is out four/28 by way of Kingfisher Bluez (Canada) and Cointoss Records (US). US pre-order is right here, whereas Canadian pre-order is right here.