GET TO KNOW: Blonds
After captivating us with a flurry of bright and enjoyable cuts over the last few months, US artist Blonds is back once again with his latest sun-kissed delight 'Yesterday'.
Lifted from his forthcoming new EP 'Retrospective', which lands on the 1st July, 'Yesterday' perfectly embodies the joyous sound that he has been showcasing in recent times. Jam-packed with upbeat tones, vibrant hooks, and his signature singalong vocals layered throughout, this one will have you tapping your feet from start to finish.
So with his new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Nirvana. My mom is a big fan and would play them all the time when I was little, which I loved and it probably had a big impact on me becoming a musician.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Yes, in fact that's where the moniker "Blonds" comes from. Some friends and I on our highschool's wrestling team were always referred to by our coach as "The Blondes," likely as a result of our hair color, and one day we decided to form a band with that name. Eventually, we parted ways but a few years later I decided to rework the name for my own solo musical venture. Hence, Blonds. Our music at the time was heavily inspired by the Beatles and indie bands like The Wombats and Two Door Cinema Club.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I'm not sure. Like with anything else, ideas spontaneously appear, and sometimes they are good song ideas. Sometimes these ideas spawn from a charged emotional event in my life, other times their origin is more esoteric, but I take what I can get.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
There are a million, but I'll reference Nirvana again and go with Heart Shaped Box. Cobain's obvious lyrical brilliance and instinct for huge dynamic shifts make it such a fantastic song. To write something even close to that level of genius would be very cool.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
I performed at the Whiskey a Go Go on Sunset Blvd in LA recently and it was really fun, so I'd probably do that again.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I'm not much for live performances and tend to be a bit of a control freak, hence making music solo, but it would be great to share the stage with someone with a lot of energy like Glaive or Travis Barker to balance out my lack of live energy.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
There's a new Australian artist LORA who I think is fantastic. She has a very soft vocal delivery that is somehow simultaneously intimate and casual and I think it would be great to work with her. I highly recommend her song Bittersweet.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
If I'm lucky, still making oil paintings and music in Long Beach, CA although hopefully with some extra cash around.
Blonds' new single 'Yesterday' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it below.