A rejection of the ordinary is what Outblinker do. Their attitude is one that pulls back from fame (in general, not specifically this website) and turns its nose up at trappings of the music ‘industry’ whether that be monetary or critical acclaim. Their press release states that it’s all “f*cking futile.”
I suppose in the grand scheme of things it can be, but rather than having an existential crisis about what I’m doing writing this feature, or with my life as a whole, I’m going to pretend that it isn’t, tell you about their music, and drown any lingering doubts with however many beers it takes.
The Glaswegian five-piece play a boisterous brand of Krautrock, mixing elements of Fuck Buttons, Blanck Mass and in the heavier parts a more experimental version of HEALTH and Crystal Castles. Their latest EP ‘The Remains of Walter Peck’ is a swirling cacophony of the electronic and the analogue, synths & samples interacting with driving drum rhythms and wailing guitars. The two tracks released from the EP, ‘Farrokh Bulsara’ (the birth name of some guy called Freddie Mercury) and ‘Walter Peck’ are prime examples of both their sound and their attitude towards the World with the video of the later spliced with distorted images of Hollywood award ceremonies and news broadcasts.
You can catch them live over the summer at a number of gigs across Scotland, or if like me, you don’t live north of the border, you can buy the new EP ‘The Remains of Walter Peck’ on May 6th via Stabbed in the Back Records.
Now I’m off to the pub…