Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Introducing :: BLUSH
Words: Linn Branson
We first featured a new young group of four Essex boys from Southend called Humbug here early last year. With first track 'Lucky One', we reckoned they were one to watch.
Those who kept watching might be aware that there have been a few changes. While Humbug are no more, three of the four original members now comprise recently formed outfit BLUSH, along with new recruit, guitarist, Henry - and not one of them is yet to step out of their teens.
"The change in name and style came after our bassist left Humbug in April," the band's Matt Dominey says. "We then took a short break before deciding to effectively start a new band with the same members. We wanted to create songs that had more energy, rawness and would transfer better into a live situation."
After a period of brainstorming, and opting for BLUSH as a name ("we chose the name BLUSH after I saw it as a name for a hairdressers in London and thought it would make a cool band name too. We were looking for a name that distanced ourselves from our previous outfit"), they now introduce themselves with their debut track, 'Daggers'.
With a slightly garage pop scuzz, Ben leads a rich vocal force over winding bass notes and catch guitar line melody, added by way of synth textured underpinning - particularly around the 2:17 mark.
Humbug may have departed, BLUSH look like they could be here to stay.
The band play their first gig as BLUSH on September 8 at the Railway Hotel, Southend. More dates are being scheduled.
BLUSH are: Ben Rotherham - vocals/guitar, Ferghal Swanwick - bass/synth, Henry Ince - guitar, Matt Dominey - drums.