Soul Blind share their highly anticipated new album, Feel It All Around, out on Other People Records. Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip at Studio 4 Recordings, the eleven songs on the album are filled with layers of melodies, ranging from grunge heavy tracks to fuzzy, shoegaze moments. In conjunction with the release, the band has shared a video for the opening track “Seventh Hell – the song itself filled with substantial riffs that give way to a hypnotic chorus. Soul Blind is currently on tour supporting Stick To Your Guns, Knocked Loose, LANDMVRKS, and Scowl in the UK and Europe. The band are also set to play a string of album release shows this December in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Full dates below and tickets are available here now.
Soul Blind push the boundaries of alternative rock with a rich collage of sounds and emotionally charged lyrics. Formed in 2018, the band hit their stride in 2021 with the release of their critically acclaimed Third Chain EP. Praised for lush, distorted riffs and divine, whirling vocals, the band build on those elements on Feel It All Around.
Written during the pandemic, Feel It All Around deals with emotional strain and taking on the world around you. Much of the album was written in Soul Blind’s hometown of Hudson Valley, NY, which the band describes as “a place of beauty within hopelessness of its people, where you find the richness between the despair.” As you listen through tracks like “Ain’t Hard To Tell” and “System (Failing)” it’s easy to see the juxtaposition of the environment the band grew up in bleeding into how they approach music. The songs serve as a pair centered around people sucking the life out of you, as “Ain’t Hard To Tell” takes the viewpoint of watching a person change into someone unlikable, “System (Failing)” finds one progressing past the relationship.
Bouncing off the record’s moments of chaotic energy, respite comes in the sullen “Sparkle”. The drums on the track play like a heartbeat as the guitars swirl through wistful pedal effects. The album concludes with the title track, giving a feeling akin to reading the last chapter of a book. Cen elaborates “the overall theme is to step outside your comfort zone, feeling the uneasy-ness all around you. After a blemish on your soul and a mental setback, the only way out is to fall out of old habits and do things differently than you normally would. There’s nothing that can bring back those moments you were used to, and realizing that and using it as a stepping stool to a new and better version of you. If you always come down to what you know, you’ll never feel the new.”
It’s safe to say the band has found that renewed sense of self on Feel It All Around and now it’s up to the listener to explore that same retrospect, while still giving into the need to rock out.