How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
We met in a bar in hell. Actually, I first set eyes on Andy Gyves at East Croydon station, so that’s not so far from the truth.
“The Blind Hearts” sums up the kind of hillbillies we are…you take us as you find us, we lead with our chins, we blindly follow our passions no matter the consequences.
And not enough bands use the definite article nowadays: nobody’s “The-” anything anymore.
You want your band name to sound like it could be a motorcycle gang in an early Marlon Brando movie, not a stationery firm rebranding its corporate identity using a focus group of retired headmasters…
How would you describe your music?
Bob Dylan’s grandmother mudwrestling Richard Ashcroft in a Bayou swamp, while Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac holds their coats and looks on approvingly.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
Festivals mainly – shows with Seasick Steve, Ed Sheeran, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama 3, Ocean Colour Scene – and we’ll be doing some shows around the UK shortly. Our first EP Crying Shame is out on 5th November…plug, plug, plug.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Well, we’ve already done one with The Very Reverend D Wayne Love from Alabama3, so how do you top that? The Vicar of Dibley? Archbishop Desmond Tutu?
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Little Feat’s Dixie Chicken, because it’s got everything. Blues, country, gospel, funk, folk, rock’n’roll, old school r’n’b, pop, prog…the lot, and more often than not all those in the same tune if not within the same chorus. Lowell George, ladies and gentlemen, was a genius.
(answers by Dan Clarke)