Bands to Watch #113: The Blizzards

By on Monday, 25th May 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

The Blizzards (side)Today we’d like to introduce The Blizzards, an indie-pop five-piece from Mullingar, Ireland. After noticing that their press release had intriguingly described their sound as “Weezer on steroids”, I was unsurprisingly eager to hear more from this quintet.

Growing up among records injected with the soul of the sixties, ska of the seventies, and electro-pop of the eighties, The Blizzards are a mixture of all these influences with an additional modern-day twist of their own. Their energetic guitar-pop brims with catchy riffs, lively choruses and angelic harmonies, while frontman Niall Breslin’s gritty vocals perfectly rough up their otherwise sprightly sound.

They’ve already supported Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis – while the band themselves are said to be speedily gaining their own cult-following at their apparently “explosive” live shows. This coming June shall see The Blizzards hit the U.K, so be sure to catch the band at the following dates if you can –

Monday 1st June 2009 – Cardiff Barfly
Tuesday 2nd June 2009 – Southampton Joiners
Saturday 6th June 2009 – Derby Rockhouse
Sunday 7th June 2009 – Hull Lamp
Monday 8th June 2009 – Liverpool Barfly
Tuesday 9th June 2009 – Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Thursday 11th June 2009 – Bristol Start The Bus
Friday 12th June 2009 – Oldham Castle
Saturday 13th June 2009 – Coventry Kasbah

Furthermore, the band will be releasing sunny indie single ‘Buy It Sell It’, through Island Records on July 6th, while their debut album, ‘Domino Effect’ is set to be released later this year in September.

To learn more about these exciting up and coming guitar-popsters, head over to The Blizzards MySpace page now.

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