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Blank Range announce In Unison for 2/1 release

by Woody on November 21, 2018

Photo by Joey Martinez

Nashville’s Blank Range is set to release their sophomore album, In Unison on 2/1/19. Their debut, Marooned With the Treasure was a favorite of mine on 2017 and their live set backed that up. Here’s some info on the upcoming album from the PR squad.

The ten songs on ‘In Unison,’ all self-penned and self-produced by Blank Range, serve as a natural extension of the band’s live shows – recorded in an old Tennessee farmhouse with minimal gear and even less second-guessing. As Blank Range saw their steadily-growing gigs become nightly celebrations of community and shared existence, they felt the best way to channel that phenomenon on tape was simply to emulate the environments where they’ve felt it most powerfully. While the album’s songs range from high-energy thrashers to pedal-steel slow burners, the themes of unity in loneliness and connection in isolation bring a coherent thread to the new project.

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The Nashville quartet finally get around to releasing their full-length LP and it proves worth the wait. Some might call it a Labor Of Love. Maybe that somebody would be Blank Range as that is the title of the 4th track and the one, where the album title comes from. Its a mid-tempo number that Grant Gustafson takes the mic on. They also use their career for inspiration on the aptly-titled Opening Band, a track that the gravel-voiced Jon Childers sings of the travails of any band getting started. In fact, I recently took in a set where they opened for Banditos.

A couple of my other favorite tracks are Seemed Like The Word Got Around, a track that feels like something from the 70s. And the closer The Season, a track starts slow but really builds into a closing jam worthy of ending this fine album.

I had a feeling in 2015 that these guys would be in the HearYa wheelhouse. Their set at SXSW backed that up and this album reinforced that belief even more.

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Blank Range is worth checking out

by Woody on April 2, 2015

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For the second year, I scrapped my Wednesday day schedule at SXSW to go see a band at Lambert’s at noon. Both times it was based on one track. Last year, it was Spanish Gold. For 2015, it was Blank Range. I got an email comparing them to Wilco and Big Star. I heard the track below and my interest was piqued.

It took no time at all to realize I had made another savvy decision. Blank Range put a fantastic set. They have an EP up on their Bandcamp page and are hitting the road with Two Gallants and The Mountain Goats. For full list click here. For now, they’ve got me as a fan and I am excited to see where they go with things. Here’s a little back-story on the band from their PR firm.

The members of Blank Range grew up in the Mid-West, mostly in and around the Chicago suburbs and more rural stretches of Illinois. For different reasons, including one member’s lofty pursuit of a PhD, they found themselves in Nashville a few short years ago. Blank Range’s members were originally in two separate bands with only the chief songwriters as differing members. For both practical purposes and mutual respect, they decided to merge the two projects into one band with two songwriters and a unique catalog of inspiration starting with Big Star and Wilco and ranging all the way to jazz music and training.

With no money to get going, the four members recorded a scrappy 6 song EP, Phase II, in a tiny basement and copied it onto cassette for sale. The throwback format inspired a business of sorts – making cassette copies of projects by other Nashville bands to sell at their shows. With a tape-to-tape recorder, a lot of time on their hands, and a small mark-up eventually the band was able to save enough to record a proper 7 inch – honest-to goodness lacquer, with a real engineer, Eric McConnell at his famed home studio. The same studio that Loretta Lynn and Jack White recorded Van Lear Rose.

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