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Art-pop purveyors Blamire follow up their superb single John with their fourth track, Visionaries a song about hope a pacey, synthy number with soaring vocals and hints of Midge Ure. We catch up with lead singer Alex Blamire to find out more about their latest release…

How are you? What have you been up to during lockdown? 
Yeah we’re good thanks! Been trying to keep busy working on new music, but trying to make time at home productive has been difficult. It’s been nice to use the time to learn some new skills and stuff but truthfully, me and Joe have been playing a lot of Call Of Duty: Warzone, spending our evenings in Verdansk. If anyone fancies a game add me, Spicy_Al#2190461.

Tell us about your new track, Visionaries. What’s it about? 
‘Visionaries’ message relates to where we’re at the moment, people being stuck, with their ambitions almost on hold. The track about hope and longing for visions of the future and embracing what is to come. We think it’s something that’ll resonate at the moment, I feel like everyone is in the same boat, unable to achieve their goals, but it’s about looking forward to the better times to come.

Who are some of the biggest influences on your sound? 
I feel like we’ve been taking influence from various places.The obvious one would be the early 80’s synthesiser music of say, Bowie, Japan and Ryuchi Sakamoto’s YMO but I wouldn’t say that we’re trying to recreate and become exactly something like that. There’s definite rock and pop elements to what we do, which I guess could be likened to The Killers or Keane, but again, we’re not actively listening to either of them so it’s coincidental. We want what we’re doing to sound modern so a lot of inspiration comes from listening to artists like Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek, Sigrid, and Christine & The Queens.

How have you managed recording in this day and age of lockdowns and restrictive tier systems? 
We’ve managed to keep working on new music, working in isolation and sending each other files back and forth. To be honest it has been difficult to create without the moments of inspiration that only happen when you are in a room together, challenging each other and pushing tracks in different directions. I think a positive of working in this new way is that it leads to different types of ideas, structures, arrangements etc than maybe we would have previously gone for which is definitely a good thing. 

What else have you got in the pipeline for 2021?
Like everyone, our calendar isn’t exactly bursting at the seams… We’re planning on using the time we can’t play live to focus on writing and releasing more music that people can enjoy at home. A video for ‘Visionaries’ unfortunately got delayed but is in the works so watch this space. We did a few live streams in 2020 which were a success and we plan to continue those too, basically trying to get the most out of technology available. Covid has already completely changed the music industry and it’s probably never going back to the way things were. We want to be able to embrace that change rather than being stuck in the past.

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