Dallas, Texas outfit Blindwish are one of the latest signees to Rise Records, and, in sharing a label with the likes of PVRIS, Knuckle Puck, and Of Mice & Men, who have all been gearing up for new releases over the past few months, there’s a chance a smaller band like Blindwish could be overlooked.
However, with the release of debut single ‘After Midnight’, it became clear that this was a band to keep an eye on. The single displays the band’s poppier side topped off with a hard-hitting chorus, and, although the lyrics aren’t nearly the best that they have to offer, there’s no denying that it’s a great choice for a first impression, as the track also acts as the opener to their debut full-length, ‘Good Excuses’.
In contrast, ‘Single Word’ and ‘Bittersweet’ create a brooding atmosphere, both being pulled along by some unrelenting bass and drums. The former stands out as the heaviest song on the record, complete with some melodic guitar work, a desperate vocal line and, of course, a nice breakdown in the middle. With these tracks, Blindwish seem to have combined some modern day pop-punk with the influence of post-hardcore bands from the early 2000s, such as From First To Last and Funeral For A Friend, and, they’ve done it incredibly well.
The halfway point of the record is marked with an acoustic ballad. ‘Down’ sees vocalist Zackary David reflect on the way that he handles personal situations. Together with ‘The Maze’, the more stripped back parts of the record are definite highlights. David draws inspiration from personal situations while managing to leave the listener to interpret the songs in whichever way they please, and making the lyrics relatable all the while.
As ‘Down’ deals with the struggles of self-doubt and being stuck in your own head, ‘The Maze’ comes out the other side; detailing the realisation of needing and seeking help. It’s a welcome hopeful spark in an album that largely focuses on toxic relationships, and the hardships that come alongside them.
‘They’re Not Real’ and ‘Infected’ pick up the pace, with the latter hitting a lot harder than previous tracks. ‘Infected’ features one of the strongest choruses and vocal performances on the album, yet, in contrast, ‘They’re Not Real’ comes across as more of a filler track than anything else.
While Blindwish have created a strong collection of songs with this record, a couple of tracks do leave you wishing that they’d had a slightly bigger impact. Despite this, ‘Good Excuses’ is a solid offering for a debut album, and it’s bound to grab a wide variety of fans with the array of influences poured across the ten songs.
Written by Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstable)
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