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LOCAL ACT: Blindsyght releases debut EP

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"Done" from the album Blindsyght
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Just a year ago, hard-rock band Blindsyght was just another up-and-coming garage act trying to land gigs, garner airplay on 98X, and get their name out there. This summer, they're armed with an intense six-song, self-titled debut album and a tight repertoire of riff-riddled original material.

Lead vocalist John Llewellyn, guitarist Dustin Schell, bassist Chris Viera, drummer Wade Szeszko, and guitarist Carl Wannamaker are currently armed with a pile of new CDs, and they're ready to rock. They celebrate the release of the collection on Friday with a gig at Halligan's.

"You know, the 2007 March Madness Battle of the Bands at the Village Tavern was really a turning point where we decided to try to do all-original material as opposed to doing half-and-half," says Schell. "We had that opportunity to jump in the competition after starting out on other bars. John had been pushing the idea of doing it all original, so we spent more time concentrating on our stuff."

The new EP was tracked and engineered in Terrestrial Imagination studios in North Charleston with Dwayne Greenhill at the helm.

"We had a seven-song demo finished in 2006," says Llewellyn. "But we had so many great new songs this year, and we were anxious to record them. We wanted people could to hear them, so instead of waiting until we write and record, like, 15 songs, we got in there and recorded what we had."

From the shouty and riffy aggression of "Done" to the relatively poppier alternative-rock elements of "In Our Hands," the EP runs the gamut of dynamics, moods, and tempos. There's plenty of wicked guitar distortion, double kick drum mischief, droning bass lines, and three-part vocal harmonies.

"We talk about this all the time," laughs Schell, trying to come up with the best musical definition for Blindsyght. "We don't think we should be classified as a metal band, although we kind of do take traits from metal and mix it in with other stuff. I like to call it heavy rock."

Blindsyght shares the bill with Virgil Kain and Affectation on Fri. June 20 at Halligan's Restaurant & Bar (3025 Ashley Town Center, Suite 201, 843-225-4347). Free admission. Check out www.myspace.com/blindsyght and www.halligansonline.com for more.

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