As with many releases set for this year, Fantasies of A Stay At Home Psychopath – the second album from The Blinders – was delayed in hope that they would be able to play live dates to promote the new release. Alas, this didn’t happen, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out this album.
As you would expect from an album entitled Fantasties Of A Stay At Home Psychopath, it’s a little on the dark side. There’s some Black Sabbath in there, a bit of Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins, and an intro reminiscent of Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit In The Sky.
The collection of songs – exploring everything from existential despair and mental health to the rise of populist ideology – form a great album. The guitars and drums create an immense sound, and one that needs to be played at a high volume – those who love a good rock album are likely to feel a need to mosh and/or headbang along.
Whilst there are no bad songs on this album, the high points come in the form of Circle Song (which features the great line “without Bowie who would know about the Norfolk Broads?”), Black Glass, and the last track – Thomas Haywood alone with an acoustic guitar – In This Decade. After a few listens you’ll be champing at the bit to see the band play it live.
The Blinders – Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath was released on 17th July on Modern Sky UK.