Blackpool’s cinematic rockers blanket release their Transfixion EP today on Music For Nations, featuring their cover of the Deftones classic Knife Prty as well as two live acoustic tracks, including a cover of Radiohead’s No Surprises.
The band’s guitarist Simon Morgan explains“Deftones always stood out away from the crowd, taking in influences from shoegaze, experimental and dream pop, amongst others. I love that idea of the synthesis of different styles to come up with something wholly new, which is something we strive to achieve ourselves. As a nod of appreciation for their awesome output we decided to record a cover of ‘Knife Party’. We didn’t want to set out to do a straight up cover of this song and hope people dig our version”.
The Transfixion EP also features an acoustic rendition of blanket’s Sky Filled With Ghosts taken from their debut album How to Let Go, out now on Music For Nations.
Transfixion anticipates blanket’s UK tour with Zeal & Ardor, which commences next week throughout early December. Dates for the run are:
30th Nov – Bristol, The Fleece 1st Dec – Brighton, The Haunt 2nd Dec – London, Electric Ballroom 4th Dec – Birmingham, Institute 2 5th Dec – Manchester, Gorilla 6th Dec – Leeds, Church 7th Dec – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Matthew comments, “We’re ecstatic to be joining Zeal and Ardor on their run of UK dates. We relish the opportunity to be on tour with a band who have rejected convention in favour of a truly unique and non-conformist sound. Blanket share their ethos for the unconventional as we have had the same objective to defy expectations at every turn and for us there’s no better feeling than playing our music live, so we just can’t wait to get on the road now!”
blanket, as the name suggests, envelop the listener in a comforting quilt of sound, transporting them to dreamy landscapes of sweeping, celestial beauty with a kaleidoscopic symphony of soaring guitars, tinkling piano, warm bass and propulsive drums. In essence, it’s ambient music on an epic scale.
Initial ideas and early demos for blanket came together at the beginning of 2016, as guitarists Bobby Pook and Simon Morgan would routinely retire to the conservatory of their rented home in Blackpool to noodle on guitars, tinkle ivories and write intertwining melodies, all whilst gazing wistfully skywards at the stars above them. It was perhaps such a sublime view that infused the music they created within that glass retreat with such elegance, purity and grace. Pook and Morgan fleshed out their ideas even further with the addition of Matthew Sheldon and Steven Pellatt in the summer of 2016; blanket was now a fully-fledged proposition.
The band signed to Music For Nations to release their debut full-length How To Let Go earlier this year – a blissful 55-minute exploration of imagination, wonder and the human spirit, designed to uplift, enchant and provide a beautiforous escape from an often harsh and confounding reality. Receiving plaudits from the likes of Kerrang! and Prog Magazine, the record cemented blanket as a breath of fresh air in the UK’s burgeoning alternative music scene. Buy/stream How To Let Go here.
blanket have been making waves live, with extensive touring in Europe and the UK, as well as performing a hypnotic, otherworldly set at the prestigious ArcTanGent Festival.
A brilliantly ambitious and creative force, blanket will announce further news very soon.