“Blinded” by John Lawrie & The Welcome Strangers – A Song Review
After the guitar hook is set, a voice enters with a depth and timbre ideal for the theme song of the next cinematic Western. From the start until the finish, “Blinded” has a compelling energy that leads a listener to the mistaken impression that it is an upbeat song. It’s uptempo, but not upbeat.
“Blinded” is about suffering a loss due to intentional inattentiveness. That is, the lyrics center on the idea of slowly losing something (a dream, a relationship, a purpose) due to actively ignoring the problems. The song from John Lawrie & The Welcome Strangers succinctly and eloquently defines the cause as “Head in the sand is a poor way to give a damn.”
John Lawrie & The Welcome Strangers are based in Sydney, Australia. The members are John Lawrie (vocals, guitar, synth), Connor Rust (drums), Sean Niven (bass), and Brad Spencer (guitar). The band’s sound is described as “an eclectic blend of Indie Rock, Shogaze and the Blues; drawing from Springsteen to Slowdive - this is what happens when a guy gets his mates together to play some tunes.” "Blinded" by John Lawrie & The Welcome Strangers