BY JULIA CIRIGNANO
If you like Paramore, U2, The Killers, Neon Trees, Coldplay, and Aerosmith then you will love blindspot. The band is fronted by lead singer Alexa Economou, accompanied by Chris Cormier and Austin Ferrante. Blindspot is an indie rock band from Lowell, Mass. They will be releasing their debut EP on February 24, 2017, followed by a release show at The Middle East Upstairs on February 25th. The music video for their lead single off this EP is titled “Every Time You Close Your Eyes” and has just been released!
Economou and Cormier have been friends since high school and eventually started pursuing music together.
“Chris got into sound recording and he began recording me performing cover songs,” Economou said. “Eventually, he asked me to sing at an open mic and I gathered up the courage to do it. From there we started writing together and eventually started playing gigs as a band. The rest is history. The two of us met Austin through playing shows with other bands that he was in, and we recruited him to become an official member of blindspot this past fall.”
While blindspot is based out of Lowell, the band plays many shows in the Boston area as well as New Hampshire and New York.
“We typically play at places like The Middle East, Thunder Road, etc.,” Economou explained. “We also head up to New Hampshire pretty often to play venues such as Fury’s Publick House in Dover. We have a residency coming up there in January on every Wednesday night of the month. This year we have also travelled to New York a lot for some really cool gigs.”
Over the last two years, blindspot has had the opportunity to open up for some well known bands such as Gin Blossoms, Candlebox, Plain White T’s, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Finger Eleven, Fuel, Saving Abel, Smile Empty Soul, and Tantric.
“The most memorable shows have been when we won a battle of the bands to open for Puddle of Mudd, when we opened for Gin Blossoms to a sold out crowd of over 600 people, and when we opened for Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots, a true legend,” Economou said. “One of my most recent favorite shows was actually on my birthday this past September at The Whiskey Barrel Bar in Haverhill, Mass. We had so many friends and fans show up that night to support us and I could not have imagined spending my birthday any other way. We also ventured out on our first official tour this past spring and travelled all the way down the East Coast, where we had a lot of great shows and experiences in new cities.”
One of the biggest acts blindspot has opened up for was Steven Tyler of Aerosmith at Laconia Fest this past summer.
“Opening for Steven Tyler was nothing short of a dream come true,” Economou said. “When I found out that we were going to be opening for him, I was in a state of shock and very nervous on the days leading up to the show. Steven has been my idol, role model, and inspiration since I first got into music at a very young age. He and Aerosmith have shaped my entire life because I would not be who I am today without their music. My sole focus on the day of the show was on nailing blindspot’s performance and walking away satisfied that we played the same show as the one and only Steven Tyler. Yet the icing on the cake came after the show when I got to meet Steven and he asked me about my band and even kissed me! It was definitely an experience that I will never forget.”
Blindspot’s debut, self-titled EP will be released on February 24th, 2017. The following night, the band will be playing a release show at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, Mass.
“We have released a handful of singles over the last two years but we really feel as if this EP epitomizes who we are as a band and so we wanted to title it as our name to show who we are,” Economou said.
The music on this EP shows the growth that blindspot has gone through over the past two years they’ve been playing together. The band has written some songs together yet they finally feel that they have created a compilation of music that is purely blindspot originals. They believe in these songs and are excited for the world to hear them.
“We have become better musicians and songwriters over time so the performance is definitely stronger for everyone as well as the sound quality,” Economou explained. “We definitely love the music we have previously released but we are extra excited to showcase our new material.”
The lead single off this EP is titled “Every Time You Close Your Eyes.” For the music video, blindspot decided to use a concept that also follows a common theme within the band as a whole, the concept of vision, blindness, sight, eyes, etc.
“The main theme in the video is that we are all wearing blindfolds. The song is called ‘Every Time You Close Your Eyes’ so the blindfolds signify the concept of eyes,” Economou explained. “The meaning of the song is the internal conflict of the heart vs. the mind where the heart is telling you one thing that you might desire but the mind is telling you that it might not be good for you and you should let it go.”
Check out the video HERE.
“The video depicts me walking through rooms blindfolded where the audience sees strange things happening behind closed doors yet I can’t see them even though I want to,” Economou said. “Eventually, I am able to let go of the blindfold and become free from everything holding me back from who I want to be. The video was done with 41st Casanova Productions and we are super stoked with how it came out.”
Blindspot chose this song as the lead single off their new EP because they believe it is the best representation of the band.
“We wanted to introduce the EP with a song that is fun but has a strong meaning behind it,” Economou said. “It is already one of our favorite songs to play so we wanted to share it with everyone as the first single and also let it really come alive visually by putting a video to it.