Fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha with their friend Dave Roper on drums, the Minneapolis, MN-based trio of The Blind Shake has long been a vital part of the Midwest’s underground punk scene, as they’ve released six full-length albums, a nubmer of singles, three collaborations with Michael Yonkers and another with John Reis. And with each release, the trio developed a reputation for a sound that’s best described as a brutally persistent, punishing, locomotive-like droning chug, much like Motorhead – but with elements of surfer rock and garage rock.
The trio’s latest effort, Breakfast of Failures was released late last year through Memphis, TN’s Goner Records, a label that has quickly come to national attention for releasing some of the most forceful, primal and urgent underground, contemporary, hardcore punk. Their fellow labelmates, Nots were invited to BreakThruRadio TV’s Live Sessions but interestingly enough, The Blind Shake were invited and played in the preceding episode – and in their BTR Live Session they play a couple of songs off their bruising Breakfast of Failures – “Pollen,” “Old Lake,” and “Parachute.” Watching this footage should give you a sense of what the trio’s live set is like – punishing, raw, unhinged and so much fucking fun. And in their interview session they talk about the formation of their sound, joke about how they’re failures because the type of music they play would never be super popular, and how they once got their gear stolen after a show.