There is a lot of talk about the dying rock scene but bands like Blind Side Thunder are keeping the genre rolling. Blind Side Thunder’s brand of their self-proclaimed “Rebel Rock” is a blend of heavy and hard rock with a nod to classic rock and with a new album on the way and a full scale tour after the new year, the band isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Originally conceived as a covers band in Rhode Island in 2009, the band went through some lineup changes over the next couple of years before moving into writing original music and finding their niche on the hard rock scene. They released their first EP in 2012 and their first full length album, The Storm, last year. Currently, the band is working on their follow-up album, 100 Proof, which should be out early next year.
The band has given fans a sneak peak of the album while out on the road with the tracks “Tequila”, a in-your-face track dedicated to one of the band’s favorite drinks, and “Human Race”, a party jam with large guitar swells.
In the meantime, the band is still out promoting The Storm. Released last May, the album is a unapologetic rock album built around a party atmosphere with a lot of humor thrown in.
Tracks like “We Want To Party” and “She Loves Sex” are filled with tongue-in-cheek lyrics that invite the listeners to join in on the fun and sing along. At times, the band even pulls out a bit of a punk edge on tracks like “Draw The Line” and “Say Goodbye”, which features a fantastic melodic chorus.
Blind Side Thunder’s enthusiasm and feel good music make for the perfect live showcase and over the years they have built a strong fan base with their affectionately coined “Legion of Thunder”. As such, their live shows are not to be missed.
Founder, lead vocalist and guitarist, John E Wilde, is the backbone of the band and his wide range of influences from Judas Priest and Black Sabbath to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent to artists like Elvis, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash, are clearly evident in Blind Side Thunder’s music. In a way, their music is a historical map of all the rock genre has to offer.
Those looking for some home-grown rock and roll and a way to escape from the stress of everyday life, Blind Side Thunder is the band for you.
Written by Tracy Heck