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Blind Date #2 - 2004 Blind Date


BLIND DATE - BLIND DATE (2004, PERRIS RECORDS)
Buster Grant - vocals
JB Slimp - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Mark Ellis - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Darren Keeling - bass, vocals
Chris Didear - drums, vocals


Background
Damned if I caught up with this lot far too late. Blind Date are an excellent band, and they've retrospectively released an excellent album, steeped in the same wonderful tradition as Danger Danger, Firehouse and Hot Shot. Formed in 1988, and originating from Austin Texas, these guys hardly look the type to be wondering around the lone-star state in jeans, stetsons and cowboy boots. The band ended up writing and showcasing their material, and by 1990 a three track demo was doing the rounds throughout Texas, creating a huge buzz. Blind Date also supported many major label acts that toured through the region. Despite more years showcasing their talents, the band folded in 1992, the year that grunge effectively took control of the market, consigning Blind Date's efforts to the dust-bin. Whether that was the reason the band folded is unsure, but thanks to the wonders of technology and a renewed interest in eighties styled hard rock, Blind Date have magically reappeared on the soundscape. The quality of this resurrected material is fantastic, considering it didn't get the big-label treatment, but you can imagine what this would've sounded like if a guy like Max Martin or Tom Werman was sitting behind the console.

The Songs
Lead singer Buster Grant has a touch of the Ted Poley's on opener 'Don't Wait Up'. The smooth hard rock complimented by some subtle keyboard touches giving it the commercial angle much fancied by the A&R folk at the time. 'Can You Feel It' is at the lighter end of the scale not unlike Mitch Malloy, but contains a gorgeous chorus. The ballad 'She's Walking' contains all the melodrama in a typical love-lorn tale of woe. The D2 and Hot Shot connection is apparent on 'Daddy's Little Girl' while 'Everybodys Baby' reminds me a lot of Sic Vikki. Big choruses abound on 'We Keep Falling In Love', unlike the pairing of 'Broken Promises' and 'Dreaming' which brood and burn with melodic intensity. 'Without Your Love' features more smooth hard rock (bordering on AOR) while the finale 'When I'm Alone' finishes up in a blaze of guitar glory, on any other day this could be Lynch Mob or Dokken!

In Summary
There wasn't too much to go on having a squizz through their very gimmicky website (boys.. take the hint, create a normal website and lay off the IE /Flash overload.. the site takes ages to load..). However, if the CD generates renewed interest in their music, then one can only hope that Blind Date will give us something new and equally as polished as this older material. In the meantime, I will enjoy this and pretend it's 1989 all over again!

URL: www.blinddate-music.com (Note, this website can only be viewed in Internet Explorer)

Track Listing:
01 Don't Wait Up
02 Can You Feel It
03 She's Walking
04 Daddys Little Girl
05 Broken Promises
06 Everybody's Baby
07 We Keep Falling In Love
08 Dreaming
09 Without Your Love
10 When I'm Alone

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