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[The CD version in jewel case with 12 page booklet featuring artwork by Zosia Olenska.] With the release of their second album "Occupying Forces" Halo Blind explore creeping paranoia, soul-searching spirituality and everything in between. They present a high-concept progressive album that describes a search for spiritual understanding against a backdrop of socio-political angst. As bandleader Chris Johnson explains:
“We wanted to explore the inner journey that is kicked off by the death of a loved one - the desperate need to makes sense of the forces that animate us and what happens to them when we die; the frustration directed at those universal elements of existence that are beyond our control.
And then to contrast that frustration with anger at our generation’s unwillingness to act on the things we can control. This apathy that everyone’s drenched in. Why do we take everything lying down? Where’s the heart? Where are the protest songs?”
Drawing on elements of contemporary progressive and alternative-rock, and inspired by the likes of Sigur Ros, Pink Floyd, Boxer Rebellion and Radiohead, Halo Blind create a hybrid that's engaging, dynamic and immersive.
Individually known for their work with Fish, The Seahorses, Mostly Autumn and St Etienne, Halo Blind are Chris Johnson, Stuart Fletcher, Gavin Griffiths, Chris Farrell and Andy Knights.
The new album is imbued with a true emotional authenticity and range. Whether through the direct, fearless songwriting, or the nuanced, inventive musicianship, there’s a lot going on both above and below the surface in the songs. Powerful and complex, yet completely accessible, Halo Blind make cerebral music that rocks.