Writer: Mathias Ruge
Four local post-rocking friends releases promising first demo.
For the young guys of Blind Drivers the dream of starting a band with your brother and best friends has grown into a strong and promising first demo. Sound of Aarhus met the band for a chat at the rehearsal studio.
My first encounter with the Blind Drivers was made in the living room of the lead singer. Together with a drum set, speakers and amplifiers the band was lined up in front of some twenty people in the small and cozy living room for a true intimate concert in the word’s most literary sense. At that time I did not know what was about to hit me. Six or seven tracks later, as the neighbors interrupted and stopped the concert, I was certain that I had just been run over by the Blind Drivers – fueled on distortion and guitar riffs.
Blind Drivers was officially founded this spring and consists solely of current Aarhus guys; Carsten Hinrichsen plays bass while his older brother Lasse Hinrichsen delivers the raw and energetic vocal. With attitude and great talent Marc Geraci plays the guitar, solidly backed up by Mikkel Sönnichsen on drums. Even though the four members live and study in Aarhus, the story of the band goes back to the southern part of Denmark and started years ago, as Lasse and Mikkel were talking about starting a band together. Carsten and Mikkel know each other from boarding school, and Lasse met Marc through Marc’s older brother who Lasse also went to boarding school with. After they all moved to Aarhus, they picked up their old dream and started Blind Drivers.
The sound is an excessive and upbeat mix of late seventies punk rock, early eighties’ post punk and nineties grunge rock. A genre mixture the band itself labels as ‘Future Grunge’. The lyrical sphere revolves around the life of the young modern man; desire, love and loss, and gives a revival to the ecstatic and symbolic punk poetry of the eighties. The Blind Drivers avoids the worst clichés, and thereby manages to create appealing lyrics to their power rocking sound.
On one of the first autumn days some weeks ago, I met with Carsten, Lasse, Marc and Mikkel. Their demo tape was ready, and I was invited over for dinner and rehearsal. When I met up with Blind Drivers, their thick local accent was already turned on and it was clear that the band is a lot more than their songs; it is a common dream between four friends. The room was filled with a certain spirit of energy. The rehearsal room was their playground and thus a place to recharge the mental batteries and release the stress of the everyday study life. To an outsider it was amazing to witness the synergy that emitted as the band was playing through their newly written songs.
The band has just released a very promising and well-produced demo showing great potential. It is clear however that Blind Drivers is a relatively young band still in need of further development of their style. The band is in the process of defining themselves, but still demonstrates that they are more than just four guys and their guitars.
Blind Drivers will be playing at the Mad Midi Future Friday event this very Wednesday at Dome of Visions.